Productivity Tips

Productivity Tips

Productivity Tips

by Steve Gamel

Everyone is looking for helpful hacks to help them be more productive and make the most out of their day. The only problem is that when you’re living that busy life of kids, work, school, household chores, taking care of pets, errands, etc., it can be difficult to find even the smallest shred of downtime to start implementing them.

Well, now that the kids are back in school, hopefully, you can find a quiet spot in the middle part of your day and put a few of these helpful productivity tips to good use. Our favorite is No. 1, but keep reading to see what else is out there.

Don’t read emails or look at your phone first thing in the morning.

Many of us open our eyes in the morning and immediately start answering text messages, emails, checking social media, etc. While you think you are productive, this activity is keeping you from starting your day and will keep you in a constant state of catch-up. This is the time of day when our minds are clear and focused, and there’s less noise. So put down the phone and focus on how you want to attack the day.

To-do lists are all the rage

Having all your tasks for the day written down is an effective productivity tool for the simple fact that it gives us structure. Not only do we perform better and stay organized longer, but psychologically, there is a sense of accomplishment when at the end of the day, you see how much you crossed off your list.

Eat that frog

Instead of starting your day by knocking out a few easy tasks, start your day with the hardest or most dreaded one. If that means baking three dozen cookies for your kids’ field trip, squeezing in that overdue 6-mile run, or taking part in a lengthy conference call, get it out of the way. By waiting, it leaves a dark cloud over your head all day long.

There’s an app for that

We mentioned avoiding emails and texting first thing in the morning, and while that’s true, it’s still important to stay plugged in when you are on the go. There are plenty of productivity apps out there that can help you throughout the day, from checking your email on the go to digital calendars and the ability to sign and scan a document.

Take breaks

As the old saying goes, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” We have so much going on in our lives, but it’s still important to take breaks to recharge the old batteries – even on our busiest days. Stand up and walk around for 10 minutes, take a 30-minute cat nap, go for a quick workout in the middle of the day, or even call a friend. When you do, you’ll return to your busy day refreshed mentally and physically.

Delegate

If you’re a small-business owner, it can be difficult to “let go” and delegate tasks to an employee, spouse, or someone else. But at some point, you have to realize you can’t do it all on your own. Even if you can do it all, you won’t get it all done the same day. Start by handing off smaller tasks to someone else, and once you build more confidence in that process, delegate a few more items.

What did we leave off the list that has worked for you? Let us know.


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