It’s not enough to dream of success. It’s not even enough to set goals.
The only way to truly achieve your dreams and build the business you’re meant to build is to sit down and just do it.
And that’s where many of us…well, fail is a strong word. But it’s the doing that trips us up more times than not.
We overbook our calendars until today’s to-dos become next week’s past dues. We procrastinate on the things that are important while attending to things that are merely “nice to do.” And sometimes we simply take on too much—even when we know better.
The answer? Embrace these five productivity hacks that will help you get more done in less time.
5 productivity tips to live by
- Routines and habits: Simply put, a routine or habit is a consistent way of doing something. You will probably have a morning routine (wake up, check your phone, brush your teeth, let the dog out, shower, and do the school run). Evening routine (kid’s dinner, kid’s bath, their story, dinner for adults, TV time, then bed). Weekend routine (lie in, cut the grass, watch a film, visit family), and lots of others. However, if we’re not careful our routine can end up damaging our productivity. Is checking social media or your email a part of your morning routine? These routines can end up being distractions and can mean we actually waste time.
Do you check your email as soon as you start work? Most people do. However, when we do this we are being reactive. We are starting our day responding to the needs of others. So moving checking your email to a different time of day will mean we can focus on our own agenda as we start our day.
Look at your routines. Is there anything else that you’re doing which would be better moved to a different part of your day? If you focus on making your routines super relevant, you’ll get more done.
- Calendar management: Do you always over estimate the time you have and consequently over fill your diary. Say yes to too many things and end up feeling super stressed? If you want to be sure of the amount of time you have you need to start blocking off time for everything in your diary? Put everything on the calendar – school runs, appointments, preparing lunch. Think if it’s not in the calendar it won’t get done. Often the amount of time left can be eye opening.
Making sure EVERYTHING goes on your calendar gives you a truly accurate view of what you have left and will make sure you don’t take on too many projects again.
- Learn to let go: We can do anything, just not everything. You should delegate low-level tasks to someone else. Hire a VA to create your documents and manage your calendar. Let your tech support person manage your blog and email. Turn over your bookkeeping to an accountant. This will mean you have time to work on your business rather than always working in it.
- Work hard, play harder: You’re not a machine. You cannot work all day every day and hope to be at your best all the time.Take a day off. Get some rest, or relax on a long, go for a walk. Take a friend out to lunch. Go shopping with your kids. See a movie or a play. Do something—anything—other than work.Not only will you return to your work feeling much more refreshed, but you’ll find yourself more creative and productive than before as well.
- Focus: Multi-tasking is impossible. You cannot efficiently create a new product or write a sponsored post while you’re also scrolling throughs social media, watching the kids, and answering mails every time it pings.
Be strict with yourself and focus on what you have allocated for yourself in each specific time slot. No scrolling, no email, no notifications. Value your time. Focus on the one thing you need to do. Get it done and move on. You will be so much more productive.
Managing your time and turning up your productivity is not something that comes naturally to most people. It’s a skill, however, that we can learn and train ourselves to get better at. What are your favourite ways to become more productive?