This post was originally published on January 22nd, 2018
Productivity is what gets ideas off the ground and into motion. But with so many distractions, such as social media, YouTube, television and much more, it's easy to procrastinate what we need to get done.
Here are some tips and tricks to be your most productive self and get that paper written, start on that project, get your business off the ground or just finally mark everything off your to do list.
1. Focus Keeper App
This app has you work in 25 minute work-sessions with a 5 minute break in between. It always keeps me on track and focused. After four 25 minute work sessions, you get a 30 minute break! Plus the app is free. Productivity and saving money? It's a win-win!
2. Don't Strive For Perfection
Sometimes the fear of making mistakes keeps up from even starting something in the first place. Yes, the idea of perfection is great and all, but many times perfection is just plain unachievable. It is better to be good and done than perfect but never finished.
You have probably heard this dozens of times, but meditation does help. Meditation does not have to be this big, weird thing that only monks in the mountains do. To practice meditation, just start small. Even 5 minutes a day can show improvements. So, how do you meditate? It's a lot simpler than you may think. Just sit somewhere comfortable. Your couch, your bed or the floor. I usually sit with my legs crossed on the ground or on a cushion with my palms face-up on my knees. Sit like this for 5 minutes and focus on your breathing. Sometimes it helps to count your breaths or even mentally note "breathe in, breathe out." If you catch your mind drifting away from your breath, don't get frustrated, just gently bring your attention back to your breathing.
The mentality behind meditation, the ability to slow down and give ourselves a mindful break, will help with our productivity when we go back to work. It will help us see more clearly and be more relaxed and less overwhelmed.
4. Make a to-do list
Just jot down important things that you need or want to accomplish. It's less daunting when the list is on paper rather than running around in your head. Once you have a to-do list made, go through and pick out your priorities. Work on those and do the less important tasks last.
While we're on the subject of to-do lists...
5. Make your to-do lists shorter
Yes, making a to-do list is very helpful, but we often fill them with so many things that they can become overwhelming. To avoid this, make a to-do list of your most important items, maybe 3-5 things, and work on getting those done. Once you get those done, you can start focusing on the smaller tasks.
6. Get Small, Quick Tasks Done
Instead of whining over small tasks that won't take you that long, like loading the dishwasher or making a Facebook post for your business, just get it done. Especially if it will take 5 minutes or less. Then it will be done and you won't have to worry about it. Easy-peasy!
7. Listen to Podcasts!
This is an easy way to make your commute to and from work, or even a trip to the grocery store productive. Just pop in some headphones, look up a subject in which you're interested and start learning while you are doing chores. This is a great way to increase your knowledge consistently.
8. Organize Your Workspace
Clutter can be stressful and distracting. Take the time to organize your space so you'll feel better about the environment in which you are working.
9. Have goals
Have something that you are working towards, such as an album release or a store opening. Don't just have a big goal, but also lots of smaller goals that are easier to accomplish along the way, such as booking a gig or having a new item to start selling. Not only this, but once you've achieved your goal, celebrate your hard work! Give yourself a much-deserved pat on the back for all the hard work you achieved.
Thanks so much for reading!