Do you often find yourself asking ‘where has the day gone’ or ‘I haven’t got anything done today?
These are statements that I think everyone is guilty of at some time in their life, but having productive days doesn’t just mean your moving forward it also makes us feel pretty good too! So here are my three top tips for a more productive you:
1. Don’t get sidetracked – Do you receive social media notifications on your phone/laptop? If you do I bet you also find yourself saying ‘oh that looks interesting I will just have a quick look!’ … 30 minutes later oops I better get back to work! As a freelancer/business owner, this is 30minutes of your time that you are not getting paid for and means the rest of your day is rushed.
Tip: Turn off your notifications so you are not persuaded to ‘have a quick look’ and set yourself Social media time in your diary – I usually set aside 30 minutes in the morning and 30minutes in the evening – Give it a try I guarantee you will benefit.
2. Ever growing ‘to do’ list – Do you find yourself just adding to your list and never actually getting round to actioning it or completing it at the last minute? This is because we can often think of things that need doing but never actually end up with the time to do them or actually dislike the task so much that we think of other tasks to do instead!
Tip: Yes do add to your list, and yes do prioritise when it needs to be done BUT also make time in your diary to do it. Rather than making reference to specific tasks in your diary just set aside a time of the day that works for you (mornings have always worked best for me) as ‘admin time’ and this way you will be reminded to work on the tasks to be completed for that day – Not only does this make the list more manageable and not so out of control, but it also doesn’t seem as overwhelming and therefore makes you have a feeling of accomplishment once completed.
3. Interesting article dam I don’t have time to read it yet – I bet you have found yourself in the situation when browsing social media you find a really interesting article you want to read but don’t have the time there and then? So yes you could save it to your Social media platform but it is often saved and then never read again as it is hidden away, and there are so many different platforms now that it is often hard to remember which platform it is saved in when you have a spare 15 minutes.
Tip: What if you could have all the articles you want to read in one place? Like your own little library? Well with Get Pocket you can do just that and it suddenly feels like there is no rush you can literally read up at a time that suits you and not worry about forgetting about it!
So here are my 3 main tips for being more productive, feel free to comment on your tips!