One of the perks of being self-employed is that you don’t have a boss that you are required to report to. But if you are incapable of managing your time that perk can quickly turn into an impediment.
We’ve all had those days when we start our morning with an extensive to-do list but by the end of the day we haven’t even ticked off half of the activities. That is presumably because you spend half your time undertaking things that are not on the list. Like checking your messages and emails every five minutes or going down the Instagram rabbit hole. We’ve all been there. Today I would like to share with you 5 ways to improve your productivity.
Batch your work
This has been a significant game changer for me. Batching your work means dedicating a day or a week to complete a similar task. I dedicate the first two weeks of every month to writing all blog posts, newsletters, and social media captions. Consequently, it’s an intense week for me, and I earnestly try to avoid scheduling any appointments. The proceeding two weeks are typically reserved for photo shoots, pitching to potential clients and running errands.
Time blocking is basically making an appointment with yourself to sufficiently complete a certain task. So for an example, if I need to set aside 1 hour to write a blog post then I will put that into my calendar. Not only that but I also set the timer on my phone so that the alarm goes off after an hour. The trick here is to also schedule time for the things that distract you. Schedule time to respond to messages, emails or to check your social media. If you can, try not to have your phone sitting in front of you during your appointment with yourself.
Get rid of that long to do-list
Get rid of that extensive to do-list, it’s intimidating. Be honest with yourself, will you really be able to tick off every single activity on that list? List a maximum of five activities per day and start off with the most difficult.
Get an accountability partner
Approach someone that you sincerely trust and has an understanding of your business. Preferably someone that won’t take your bullshit when you start getting lazy. Share your weekly, monthly and annual goals with them. Meet weekly to discuss your week and how you can improve sufficiently the following week.
Revisit your morning routine
Wake up 1 hour earlier than everyone else in your household. Use that time to collect your thoughts and set your intentions for the day. Your morning routine sets the tone for the rest of your day. So take your time to figure out your ideal morning routine.
There are many different habits that you can adopt to improve your productivity. But it all starts with your decision to commit to improving your productivity during working hours. If you are willing to make a few tweaks to your daily routine, then you’ll be well on your way to enjoying a more fulfilled life. Comment below by letting me know how you make sure that you have a productive day?
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