6 Tips For a More Productive Work Day
I have to manage many tasks in a day, but I never manage them all at once. If I do, I find I get overwhelmed and my day is less productive.
Have you ever worked the whole day and at the end of the day you say to yourself “What did I accomplish?”, or “What the hell did I do all day?”. Yup, I sometimes felt that way. I have been in business for over 5 years now and working for myself full time for over 2 years so I learned a few things to keep my productivity rock solid so I don’t feel like a loser by the end of the day.
Here are my 6 tips for a more productive workday:
Tip 1: Clean Your Desk!
When I start my workday my desk is often messy and to be honest, I usually leave it that way until I don’t have anymore room to do anything (true story). You have no idea how much it helps me to stop everything I’m doing and just clean off my desk. While I do believe that creative minds have messy desks, I tend to not focus as much when my desk is busy. So get up, stop what you are doing for 10-20 minutes to unclutter your mind by decluttering your desk.
Tip 2: Don’t Forget To Eat
Have you ever tried to focus when you're hungry? Haha, tell me about it. As entrepreneurs, we tend to be working on so many things with limited time and sometimes we forget to eat or drink. We don’t even realize how hungry or thirsty we are until it's too late. Make sure you don’t go hungry by having easy to prepare meals or ready made meals. Another way is to have healthy (or not so healthy - your choice) snacks in your office or close by so you can just grab it when needed. I always have water bottles around as well because I am the worst person when I am dehydrated.
Tip 3: Start Your Day With A To-Do List
I’m a HUGE advocate of planning your work day. If you haven’t planned your work day before, I highly recommending reading my post on 4 Steps to planning your workday like a boss. But it all starts with a master plan. In order to feel more productive, you need to accomplish things that feel like a big deal, and there is nothing else that feels bigger than something on your goal list being checked off. So get your goals planned out, use that goal sheet to help you plan your workday by writing down smaller tasks that help you accomplish your bigger goal. Need more help with this? Check out my blog post on The Ultimate Guide to Goal Planning.
Tip 4: Stop Multi-Tasking
Often when I multitask I find myself not accomplishing much. The reason why is because you are trying to work on several things and because of your lack of focus, hardly anything gets done - and done the right way. While I do think there are ways to multitask and still feel productive, I would only recommend it to those who have mastered focusing in on one task and accomplishing it. You can then slowly add something in the mix. But for now, don’t work on more than one thing at a time. Our minds are running 20 miles a minute so when you get an idea that comes into your head, instead of acting on it, just have a sheet of paper, a notepad or whatever, and write it down. I’m serious! Don’t worry, if you write it down, you won’t forget it and you can always get back to it as soon as you finish the current task. There is almost nothing as important as the current task you are working on now, so write it down and get to it later.
Tip 5: Turn Off Facebook
Facebook among many other things can be a huge time suck! Stay away from it at all costs. Close the tab, put your phone on silent and out of your reach or whatever it takes. It may first lead to an innocent update check and then you may find yourself on your phone every 20 minutes and that kills productivity! You need to stay focused and not get interrupted every few minutes - it’s as simple as that. This also applies to any other distractions such as your cell phone, emails, etc..,
Tip 6: Have An Accountability Partner
I currently don’t do this in the traditional way, but because I work with 2 assistants it forces me to stay on task and be as productive as them. If you don’t work with someone, you can still have an accountability partner. The reason why this works is because when we make a commitment we don’t want others to know we failed at it. So I suggest finding someone where you value their opinion of you and ask them to hold you accountable. You might even want to share your task list with them every day so they know what you are up to and what you have accomplished.
If you can’t find anyone close to you to hold you accountable, you can try Facebook groups to find an online accountability partner - where you would hold each other accountable so it will be mutually beneficial.
What tips do you have to have a more productive day?
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