Have you wondered how to increase productivity in your day?
Do you start your day in a state of overwhelm? Starting one task then switching to another part way through?
Having thoughts of self-doubt as you’re working “Am I doing the right thing first?
I’ll just have a look at Facebook for some inspiration . . .”
Then you get to the end of the day feeling like you haven’t achieved anything? [Cue: wine and chocolate].
Let’s change that shall we? It’s time to get focused. It’s time to get a plan!
I’ve been trialing out different ways of working to see what the most productive way is. What I’ve found is this:
Plan for tomorrow. Today
1. Before you finish work for the day write out your tasks for tomorrow.
I can get through about 3 big tasks each day. If I try to do more my day becomes stressful as I’m always looking to the next task rather than the one I’m meant to be working on. Then I start skipping breaks, lunch, work in front of TV . . . that is NOT the best way to work!
So I pick the 3 most important items that I want to complete and that will have me feeling satisfied at the end of the day. If I can get to number 4 that’s an added bonus, not an obligation.
By planning in this way you’ll be saving yourself time and increase productivity. You’ll no longer need to spend half an hour to get started in the mornings while you figure out what to do. You can dive in straight away.
Another bonus is that procrastination takes a back seat. You don’t need to talk yourself into getting motivated. Instead you simply look at your task list. There is no second guessing as the decisions have already been made.
Hit your Pomodoro timer and you’re off!!
2. How do I choose my most important tasks?
You might be thinking “How do I choose my 3 most important items? I have so many things to do!”.
This is when you need to look at your bigger plan. There is no point in keeping yourself busy with tasks that aren’t moving you consistently towards your goals.
I’d suggest creating a 90 Day Plan as you’ll then have a list of everything you need to do to complete your goals for that period.
Once you have everything written down you can begin to prioritise what needs to happen first.
From my experience, getting this kind of planning to increase productivity right first time doesn’t always happen. It certainly didn’t for me!
Try planning your days in this way for a week, then have a look to see what did and didn’t work for you. Then alter it to suit you.
After all you’re looking for a plan that is going to suit you and your business.