Tuesday, November 12, 2013

(How to) Increase your productivity this week.



It is no mystery that when we are organized, and schedule everything in advance we get more work done. After all, the trick to being productive is just that-organization.

I tend to be super particular when it comes to my work. I have a book for notes, my notepad, my folder and my daily/ monthly calendar that I pretty much take everywhere with me.

When working from home, it can be super easy to get distracted with pets, kids, home problems etc. So, in order to increase productivity, I find it to be absolutely essential to plan everything from blog posts, to scheduling the time to post them and even social media statuses, a week to two weeks in advance. This alone cuts my work time in half, and it gives me time to make changes if I need to, or edit my work.

If you want to increase your DAILY productivity, then you can plan in advance your daily tasks. Just like planning your weekly work in advance, you can plan your daily work ahead of time.


Set a specific time to work.

After many failed attempts to create the "perfect" schedule for my crazy lifestyle, I found out I get most of my work done in the mornings. This is mainly because I am refreshed, and ready to knock out all of the largest tasks I left from the day before. So, first thing in the morning, I take a look at what my schedule is like, and what projects I need to get done, and I get started with the largest projects first. 
Which brings me to tip #2.

Get all of the important things done first.

It can be so easy to get distracted when starting your day. You begin by checking your blogs, your emails, responding to comments, social media. The list can go on and on.. 

So, instead of "losing" track of time doing things that may seem productive, but really are not, create a list of all the things that you know you need to get done first. This can be anything from, marketing a new writing service you provide, to looking for a new client, to writing your blog posts for the week.

Once you start writing everything down on paper, you begin to see just what you need to do and give yourself a schedule to get everything done. 

*This will come in handy when you begin to expand your brand.

Learn how to schedule your work.

One of the many, many benefits of creating your own schedule, is that you can create your own time to work. 

A writer's dream right!

It can be easy to say "I'll do it later" or "I have time". Then the work starts to pile up. There is new deadlines to meet, or you fall behind, and maybe you lose a client (or two). Do not let this happen to you!

Schedule your work in advance and stick to your schedule. 

For example:
8:00- 9:00am - Blog posts and social media
9- 10 am- breakfast/ cleaning
10:00- 12:00 pm- Projects that are due/ deadlines
12:00- 2:00 pm- work on special projects/ look for new clients
2:00-5:00 pm- special projects, work on schedules in advance, etc..
after 5 no work

You can tweak this schedule OR make your own.. 

I love to have this schedule a couple of times a week, then the rest of the week work on other projects, other businesses etc..

Is it hard to schedule everything? No. The hardest part (for me) is to stick to my schedule and not lose my focus because I have everything written down. It can also seem like you are being productive enough because you didn't do enough social media sharing, or commenting, or writing. The list goes on and on...

Finally! The last piece of the puzzle.. Time to get to those projects that keep getting left behind.

If even after all of the planning, and writing everything down, you still do not feel as if you are getting done enough throughout the day, then work on something that you have been wanting to work on for a long time. 
Whenever I finish my day early, I always take a look at my notes, and try to remember what it is that I wanted to do a week ago, or a month ago. 
  • Did you want to write a book?
  • Did you want to find a guest blogger? Or be a guest blogger?
  • Do you want to work on your brand? Contact new clients? Old clients?
  • Work on your website/ blog?
There are infinite number of things that you can do once you know what you want to do!

Are there any tips that anyone wants to share? Comment!

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