There are many ways you can become more productive in work and life. Some may take time to implement, others cost a few dollars to use. As a multi-passionate and someone that creates art, freelance web design and virtual assistance work and then runs this blog, being productive and getting things done quickly are important.
Here are 10 easy tips you can implement to be more efficient and productive.
1. Streamline your work and home.
Take a few minutes at the beginning of each day to organize and declutter. Clean and organize areas such as your office, desk, the kitchen counter, and your bedroom. Put things where they are most logically used. Throw out damaged items or old papers. And if mornings don’t work for you, take one day a week to do this. I like to do it over the weekend so that come Monday morning I am ready to get to work.
2. Do your most dreaded tasks early in the day.
I imagine there are a few things on your to-do list that you keep putting off. They seem hard, overwhelming and even cause you some stress. I encourage you to do that task first. Because when you get that off your list you now the big thing is done and then the other things on the list don’t seem so daunting and odds are you’ll be less stressed about it all.
3. Turn off email and social media notifications.
In our current world are all are constantly connected to social media sites and the internet. This can and often will break your focus. Instead, turn off notifications and have a set time, say a couple of times a day, to check and reply to notifications. For example, I only check my emails 2-3 times a day (morning, noon and evening) and I close the Facebook tab on my computer and then focus on whatever needs my attention.
4. Prioritize and delegate tasks.
Think about everything that you do. Prioritize what is essential, trivial and urgent. Set aside low priority tasks or delegate them out to someone else to do. This gives you permission to focus time on the things that are important and high-priority. This can be challenging and awkward to ask for help but even I will ask for help especially around the home i.e. someone else empties the dishwasher or cooks dinner.
5. Take breaks.
It’s important to take breaks a few times throughout the day so give yourself a few minutes every hour or after completing a task and take a break. This can be a walk around the block, running to the local coffee shop, reading a magazine or visiting with friends for a few minutes. Also, work in short blocks of time on projects to keep your mind sharp and focused. I like to work on my blog for 2-3 hours at a time or have specific times set for client work and then take a break and focus on something else when I return.
6. Write down daily goals with a to-do list.
Keep track of everything you need to do each day by writing down your goals for the day each morning. You can refer to it when you find yourself procrastinating or need a reminder of what you should be working on. It can also be super helpful to write down your
7. Give up multitasking.
Doing more than one thing at a time seems productive. It hurts your productivity because you waste time on refocusing. This is why I am a huge fan of batching your time – spend 2-3 hours focused on one task i.e. blog writing or cleaning house.
8. Be well stocked.
Keep your workplace well-stocked of the supplies you need. Keep your pantry stocked for quick meals. My tip here is to plan your week ahead on the weekends from what needs to get done right down to your meals every day and then check to see if you have everything or you need to run to the store.
9. Get plenty of rest.
Not everyone needs 8 hours of sleep – although I do but when you get your rest period in, you’ll be more focused and are able to execute what needs to get done.
10. Stay motivated with a positive attitude.
One of my kiddo’s favorite sayings and mantra is PMA (Positive Mental Attitude). Give yourself permission to be happy and do things you enjoy. Remind yourself of why you are doing a certain task and how you’ll feel when it’s completed.
Here’s a bonus tip: Have a planner to help you stay organized and on top of your priorities instead of flying off the seat of your pants will really help you get things done.
Being productive is a reward itself. When you are more productive in your daily tasks you have more time to enjoy yourself and relax.
The 365-day planner comes with a spot to
- note your top 5 priorities
- track your daily schedule
- review your day
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