4 Productivity Hacks You Need to Try
4 Productivity Hacks You Need to Try
It’s one of the most common bad habits out there. We all say we are going to stop doing it, that this time it will be different. Yet, before we know it, it’s happening again. No, I’m not talking about biting our nails or chewing with our mouths open…I’m talking about – procrastination.
No matter what stage of life we are at, whether a student in college, CEO or busy mom of three, deadlines are something we all need to deal with. Yet for some reason there are certain tasks we continue to put off for no good reason. It can be writing a paper, sending an email or booking an appointment. Even the most trivial tasks can loom over us and cause anxiety simply because we put them off for so long.
This year, I have been faced with issues of procrastination since I started running my own business. When you are your own boss it can sometimes be hard to stay motivated by deadlines that you’ve created for yourself. It takes a lot of self-discipline to stick to these personal deadlines because only you are holding yourself accountable.
After a full year of entrepreneurship, I’ve found ways to make my days much more productive, ultimately helping me battle procrastination. So here are four productivity hacks to help you stay organized, clear-headed and make the most of your time!
1. Early wake-up
Have you ever heard anyone ask – “if you had an extra hour in the day, what would you do with it?”. Well technically, you can have the extra hour (or 5 minutes) by getting out of bed earlier. Getting a head start on your day is game-changing. Whether you need to be at work for a certain time, or just need a few minutes to yourself before your kids get up, setting your alarm even 5 minutes earlier can make a world of difference. Take that time in the morning to get your workout in, meditate or perhaps maybe write a daily to-do list. This will help you begin your day with extra focus and power through whatever comes your way.
2. Create a workspace
The best thing I did for my business this year was convert a room in our house into my office. I worked at our kitchen table for the first 6 months and my husband would come home to papers, electrical cords and boxes everywhere. I knew it was time for a change. I needed my work space to be super organized, clean and inspiring. I picked up cute folders and boxes for storage and filled the room with plants and motivational prints. As soon as I come into my office, I have no other distractions and feel inclined to sit and work for hours. Even if you don’t have a full room to dedicate to your workspace, try turning a small nook of your home into your own productive space. Make some ground rules that every time you are in that space, you are focusing on your to-do list and that is all.
3. Time Blocking
Setting aside time to check items off your to-do list is helpful, but putting a limit on that time can make you that much more productive. I swear by my calendar which I also happen to colour code. Almost everything I do goes into the calendar. Appointments, phone calls, creating content, etc. Once it is in the calendar I think about how long I have and how much time the task should take and set up a time block. For example, if I know I must make a bunch of appointments, I will set 2:00 – 2:15 in my calendar for that. So, when I pick up my phone to make the call, I am less likely to get distracted with other things like social media and texting because I have a time limit to get it done.
4. Self-care practices
It is said that the people who say they “don’t have enough time to meditate” are the people who need to meditate the most. In our busy lives, we are always much more inclined to take care of other people and things before we take care of ourselves. Whether it is our kids or job, we can come up with 100 excuses of why tasks that have nothing to do with self-care are more important. Practising self-care may also feel like procrastinating and taking away precious time from your to-do list. Yet, for most of us, those 5 minutes of meditation or that 10 minute bath will make us so much more productive in the end. Taking a few moments to ourselves every day will help rid us of anxiety and clear our minds so that when it does come time to finish off that to-do list, we can show up to each task with as much energy and mental clarity as possible.
Do you have some productivity hacks that you use day-to-day to help you stay focused? I’d love you to share them with me below or head over to my Instagram!