Here we are at the beginning of a new year and a new decade – 2020.
You are off to a great start.
You’ve got clarity.
(If you are still looking for clarity, grab my Get Clarity! worksheet here)
You’ve sorted out your goals.
You know exactly what you want to accomplish this year.
Now the question is: How are you going to make that happen?
Productivity is not just about getting things done.
Productivity is about getting the right things done in the right order, so you know that you are effectively moving toward your end goal or result.
Most importantly, productivity is about the enjoyment and satisfaction you experience while completing a task. (You’ll read why in a minute…)
That’s why I’ve collected my Top 5 Super-Simple Tips To Increase Productivity.
These productivity tips are indeed simple.
Some of them are probably not new to you.
However, their effectiveness lies in actually doing them!
Let’s get started….
#1 – Make Your Bed
Start the day with one task done!
Completing even a simple task will trigger dopamine (happy-making chemicals) in your brain.
Your brain loves the feeling of completing tasks. Even if you start with a small task, like making your bed, you will be off to a great start.
This one small task is going to catapult you into a highly-productive day of working from home.
#2 – Turn Your Mobile Phone OFF
Yes, I mean completely off.
If you use your phone in the morning for meditation, watching an exercise program on YouTube, etc., as soon as you are finished, turn your phone off completely.
And, please, don’t pretend like “Airplane Mode” is OFF.
Only OFF is OFF.
The second part of this productivity tip is to leave your phone in a different room than the one your work in.
You can put it in a drawer in your bedroom dresser, or anywhere out of sight and outside the room where you work.
Simply being in the presence of your phone, or seeing it physically lying on the table, is going to tempt you.
While you may not realize it, this kind of distraction can cost you a lot of time throughout your day.
Remove the distraction and watch your productivity soar!
#3 – Social Media Is A Scheduled Event
Social Media is the greatest distracter of all time.
Many of us online entrepreneurs use social media for publishing content, generating leads, talking to our dream clients on DMs.
However, it is essential that time on social media doesn’t eat up your whole day or take away from your time creating.
If you need to use social media every day for your work, then schedule it!
Here’s how to schedule your time on social media:
1) Put it in your calendar.
Just like you would a phone call, a doctor’s appointment, or your content creation time.
2) Set a timer.
If you say you need 30 minutes to reach out to some new leads or post natively on your profile – then set a timer.
Extra tip: Use one that’s on your computer rather than turning on your phone. Even Google has a timer. No excuses!
3. Use Social Media Schedulers
When and where possible, use social media schedulers. Here are some I use in my business:
- Hootsuite – Free for two accounts, amazing for Twitter.
Extra Tip: Try this for email as well.
Schedule 1-2x/day (not more) for checking email.
If you can live without checking email each day, schedule it for a few times per week.
#4 – Take Breaks
Take breaks every 40-50 minutes, if not sooner. Similarly, 25-35 minutes is also a good time frame.
Yes! Taking breaks is going to help refresh your mind, get your blood flowing again and help you to refocus.
Try completing a task and then taking a break.
When you return to your computer you will be refreshed and ready for the new task.
If you are working on something that takes longer to complete, and you find yourself slowing down – stand up, stretch, do some jumping jacks, take a dance break, go to the kitchen for a glass of water, or best – take a brisk walk around the block.
What? You can’t afford the wasted time?
You will actually save time by taking breaks because you will refresh your brain and work more efficiently – therefore finishing your tasks more quickly.
Try it and watch it work!
We all have been there: At our desks late at night, trying to finish something and it just won’t get finished!
We stay glued to our chair anyway…
This is a perfect example of an exhausted brain.
Nothing will get done in that state no matter how long you stare at your computer screen.
Therefore, you must take breaks.
Watch your productivity skyrocket.
#5 – Break your projects into small tasks
Taking a break after a task completion is a great way to feel accomplished and make your day manageable.
You will stay refreshed and prolong your stamina.
That’s why, breaking your larger projects into small tasks, which you can knock off in one sitting, is a great way to boost productivity.
Completing each task is going to fire off those “happy chemicals” in your brain.
You’ll be revved up to start the next.
I love working from home.
When I see the commuters in the morning traffic, or the people standing on the train platform with backpacks and briefcases, waiting to catch a commuter train, I sigh relief as I sip my green smoothie and go to my home office – a table in my living room with my laptop on it.
While, entrepreneurship comes with its own handful of challenges, starting my own online business has been incredibly liberating.
For the first time in my life, I learned how to get organized and be productive.
After a year of working from home, I can happily say I’ve gotten a grip on what works and what doesn’t.
With these five essential, yet super-simple, productivity tips, you’ll find yourself feeling better and accomplishing more each day in your business.
Leave a comment and let me know which one(s) you are going to try!