Everyone wants to cross things off their to-do list and have a productive workday. Being your own boss makes it hard because you don’t have anyone telling you what you need to do and you know that there are 1 million things you could be doing. How do you stay organized? Been there! Here are my time saving hacks to help boost your productivity:
One of the biggest improvements I have made within in my business is scheduling. I used to have a broad to-do list and would always try to cross off the easy tasks and push the ones I didn’t want to do to the side. That did not help
with getting anything done and only made my daunting list grow. At the end of each workday I make a to-do list of things I need to do the next day, AND put them in order of importance/convenience. This allows me to begin my day immediately and have focused work time without wasting time trying to figure out what needs done.
You need to step away from your work a couple times a day. Don’t skip your lunch break; don’t break any routine you have set in place. Having a routine you follow with breaks allows for you work time to be more focused. Your mind isn’t meant to work at full capacity all day long.
David Allison wrote a book called “Getting Things Done” to help people be more productive and stick to good habits. In this book he talks about the 2-minute rule. It’s simple. If something can be done in less than two minutes, do it now. Most tasks we procrastinate aren’t actually difficult; we just avoid doing them for one reason for another. So when a new duty comes across your desk, determine if it can be done in less than 2-minutes or if you need to complete it later.
Stop picking up your phone during the day! If you turn off your notifications from Instagram, texts, etc. you will be surprised how much more productive you will be. You wont have constant dinging distracting you from what you actually need to be doing. You can check your phone on your breaks, otherwise don’t.
If you find yourself doing repetitive tasks that anyone could do, it’s time to outsource the work. You don’t need to waste your creative time doing admin work that anyone can do, and hiring an assistant is easier than you might think! You can read about how to hire your first assistant here!