4 SIMPLE TIPS FOR BEING MORE PRODUCTIVE
I wear many hats, Mom, Wife, Content Creator, and Coordinator for a Charter School here in Nashville. All of these roles require my attention daily and keep me very busy!
And to be honest, I only have two settings. I am either Super Productive or All over the place; I don’t have an in-between. I have always been like this, and over the years, I have had to learn how to keep myself on the Productive Side.
School is getting ready to ramp back up, and I am working on several projects with my blog, so to stay on track, I am following 4 Simple productivity tips:
1.𝗪𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐮𝐩 𝐄𝐚𝐫𝐥𝐲
I usually wake up between 5:00 and 5:30 am, before my family even thinks about opening their eyes. Waking up before the kids and my husband is one of the easiest ways to get ahead. I use that time to pray, meditate, and jump start my work without interruption. I swear that I get more done in that 1-2 hours than I do all day!
I set aside chunks or blocks of time and focus ONLY on one task. I normally set a timer for about 30 to 40 minutes and work on one task, like responding to emails or writing a blog post. When the timer sounds, I take a 5-minute break and refocus and do it all over again.
To maximize my efforts, I also put my phone and MacBook on Do Not Disturb so that I don’t lose focus.
I love a handy dandy to-do list! It keeps me on track, and there is something so satisfying about checking each item off a list.
Every week I make a list in my Notes app (on my iPhone) of about 15-20 things that I need to complete.
Then each night I grab, three to four tasks from that list and paste them onto my Reminder App. So when I wake up, I know where to start.
I love the Notes and Reminder Apps because they are free and already on my phone. I believe one of the keys to being productive is keeping things simple!
4. Do The Worst First
You have to know yourself, and I know that I am most productive early in the morning. I also know that the later it gets, the more I procrastinate, especially when it is a task that I don’t want to do. So years ago, I started knocking out my most daunting task first.
For instance, I hate revising my blog posts, so when I wake up after prayer and meditation, that is the first thing I do. Once I complete my least favorite task of the day, I feel less anxious, and I know the rest of the day will be easier because I have completed my “worst” or “hardest” job.
Over the years, I have tried several different productivity “hacks” and “tricks,” but none of them have helped me to be as successful as the four that I listed in this blog. I like to keep it simple, and is that is exactly what the four tips that I listed are.
What are your tips for having a productive day?