I have written about the two main ways you can become more productive: by doing more (taking on more stuff), or by becoming more efficient at what you do already.
Taking on more stuff has a much higher cost than doing the same, but better, because it saps you of some of your most important resources, like time and willpower.
In my book The Art of Reinventing Yourself After Fifty, I discuss about being authentic and more productive. Start with your values and hook your productivity goals into your values. Every day, live intentionally, making sure you reflect on-the-fly how your actions are linked to your long-term productivity goals. Act with more motivation, drive, and ambition than ever before.
Becoming more productive is not worth doing if you don’t do it for the right reasons, and adding more elements to your life without thinking about their cost will make you even less productive than you were before. This is particularly true for the over 50 crowd since their productivity is weighted down heavily with excess elements that they have added in years prior. We look at how we do this first.