As a new (ish) entrepreneur, I’ve started to realize what works for me and I wanted to take the time to share this with you all. Being your own boss is great (and I am grateful for it every single day) but it takes a certain amount of motivation and tactics to stay on track. Here are my 5 proven productivity tips that have worked for me:
1. Make to-do lists
This may come as a no-brainer, but I don’t think people realize how important it is to write it down. I find I will have a task weighing on my mind for months and until I actually write it in my agenda, it doesn’t get completed. Every morning I wake up and I look at my to-do list (I will usually have written up a few tasks the night before). This helps me get clarity on what I need to get done for the day and which direction my day is going if I have events, appointments, etc.
2. Keep your space clean
This is a proven tactic, if you keep your space devoid of clutter, your mind actually feels more organized. I know this to be true back to my 9-5 days. When my desk was cluttered with papers, printable calendars and sticky notes a plenty, I felt like I couldn’t get it together.
3. Schedule it out
Learning to schedule at the beginning of the week or day has made the biggest difference. I no longer feel super stressed when I have to run out of the office because I know my content is set to go live when its supposed to. You can’t always be on the computer (despite what people think) so its nice to break up your day without having to worry if you’re being too silent on the social media side.
4. Take a break
You deserve a break. Ever since I started working from the home office. I have put more of an effort into breaking my day up with exercise. Either a quick outing for a coffee or running errands can all help. This helps to beat the afternoon lull too. What you’ll likely find when you return from your break? That you’re revved up to go full steam ahead for the rest of the day/night.
5. Time blocking
To be honest, time blocking is an essential. And as much as making to do lists is important. You need to make sure you’re actually allotting time for your given tasks. For instance, I always make sure I schedule social media first thing in the morning. It helps me get clarity on my day to tackle a task I know I need to do everyday. Lauryn from The Skinny Confidential talks a lot about time blocking on her blog, so go check this post out here.
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I hope these tips helped you and here’s to an amazing (and productive) 2018!
I would love to hear from you. What are your top productivity tips?
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