How to Be More Productive in Your Work Day – Get More Done!
How to Be More Productive in Your Work: are you feeling like there is never enough time to complete all of the tasks in your day? At the end of the day, do you feel like you were running non-stop all day, but didn’t accomplish a single thing? Maybe you own your own business, but feel that your business owns YOU! Or, you’d like to be more productive at your side hustle? Below are 5 easy steps (but tough-lovin’) will help you to be more productive in your work day. It will require some self-honesty and evaluation, but obviously you wouldn’t be reading this if you weren’t down for that!
1. Set Appointments
I read an excellent book a couple of years ago, I am searching my Kindle to find it but I can’t. The title was something like “Women Make the Best Salesmen.” The author basically designed her life from being in an unfortunate situation to owning car dealerships by using her skills to develop her business. Once I find/remember the title/author I will absolutely share it – it’s a great read for men and women.
Anyway, one of the points the author made was making appointments throughout her day. It was beneficial two-fold. On one side, your day is scheduled for you, you can better prepare for every thing, and it makes the unplanned surprises easier to manage. And on the flip-side, the person/people you make an appointment with feel that the time shared is valuable.
I set my appointments on the weekend for the coming week, usually Sunday mornings. I also add to it as the week progresses. I have grown to using my phone calendar more, but I love a paper planner. I put notes in my phone to remind myself to fill in my paper planner.
How to Be More Productive in Your Work: One of the key components of this is setting appointments with yourself.
Yes, you can do that. For example, I set an appointment with myself and the coffee shop every Saturday afternoon from 12p – 2p while my daughter sleeps and my husband is home with her. It’s where I’m writing this post right now!
2. Schedule Mindfully
To continue with the appointment theme, be mindful when scheduling your appointments. One of the perks of “being your own boss” is making your own schedule. But you need to be mindful of this if you’re going to be productive. Don’t schedule your self-care appointments in the middle of a busy work day. For example, don’t schedule your hair cut on a Monday morning when you KNOW you’ll have a ton of editing to do on Monday. Not only will it throw your productivity off, it also won’t be the recharging self-care routine that you need to perform optimally!
To fix this: plan your self-care/doctor appointments/errand running for a particular day every week. The routine will help you to get the most out of your schedule, and you won’t feel as haphazard at the end of the day. (Bonus, others that work for/with you will benefit from your routine and scheduling. If you are all over the place, your team will be too, it’s the plain truth.)
3. Start Earlier
Am I the only one that cringes when someone says you need to wake up earlier to be more productive? (Even though I love the idea of being an early riser, honestly!!!) I’ve read many studies that say waking up earlier make you more productive, but I’d like to take this one step further.
How to Be More Productive in Your Work: You’ve got to find the enjoyment in the task at hand. When scheduling your projects/posts/appointments/etc., don’t wait until the last minute. (I know, okay MOM!)
But I mean well, here’s my example: I make my own Christmas cards every year. I used to get so stressed out because it would be two weeks before Christmas and I was scrambling to cut, paste, fold, address, stamp, and get my cards out. My husband asked me one year why I didn’t just buy Christmas cards in a box. I told him because I’m crafty and I enjoy doing it! He response (after witnessing my madness) was that I sure didn’t act or seem like I was enjoying any bit of it!
So now, I start my Christmas cards in October, and have them done before Thanksgiving. Some people call me crazy because “who is thinking about Christmas before it’s even Halloween?!” BUT, this isn’t about everyone else. This is about me enjoying something and getting the full benefit of it. So that is what I do. Keep that in mind when you are planning future projects.
4. Take Advantage of Wait Times
If you want to be more productive in your work day, you’ve got to LOOK for time. I always have a running list of 5-minute projects in my phone. Order a shower curtain, check my grocery store coupon apps, draft post ideas, make a packing list for a family vacation, etc. All of these things I can do from almost anywhere with the help of my trusty iPhone. If I’m early to an appointment, if I’m waiting in the airport, waiting for food I ordered (as long as I’m by myself!), etc., I work on my 5-minute projects.
5. Don’t “schedule” time off
This seems annoying, but listen to my explanation. Rarely ever during my self-scheduled time off do I feel relaxed. I would always (at some point) feel guilty for not “working.” It’s really annoying, I start to get anxiety that I’m forgetting something.
To avoid this I just stopped scheduling time off. I still have time off, I just don’t pressure myself to NOT work. If it’s a lazy Sunday and I have a good idea for a blog post, I draft it, or write it, or at least jot it down in my “blog post ideas” notebook. If that is what I FEEL moved to do, then I just do it! Your mind is the powerful, and you work a LOT on progressing, you can’t just shut it off! Let your brain work its magic!!!
I know these 5 things will help you to be more productive in your work. And if you know the book I’m talking about, please let me know!!