I am that person that loves to be productive in the morning. Give me some good strong coffee and a game plan, and I am all over it. I love colored pens and notebooks and spreadsheets. Working from home was always what I wanted to do. Being able to work at my own pace was so appealing, but then my kids made it hard for me to focus and be productive.
Don’t get me wrong. I love my kids but they can bring my productivity mojo down. When you are having to give them attention and trying to whip out the best work that you can, it can be hard. I definitely needed a game plan to make the most out of my day. I was working what seemed like all day long.
Getting into a routine that works with you and your kids is what is going to prove to be the most successful. If you have school age children, like me, the start time of the day can be easy. When other smaller children are in the house, it can be a little more tricky. Having “you time” in the morning can be nothing but beneficial to start off your day to be as productive as possible. I would like to think of myself as a morning person (once I get a good strong cup of coffee!). Some of you are not morning people and I get that! Still, the first step to a productive day is to get up early and gather your thoughts.
STEP ONE: GET UP EARLY
You have no idea what you can accomplish if you get up early. My thing is to get up, make my coffee, and then I will change the laundry or something small that doesn’t make a lot of noise. I know that it is something that I will have to do during the day regardless, so why not do it when the little ones are not at my feet trying to tear apart my hard work? Do not check social media or anything of the like during this time. This is the time to get yourself together!
Schedule out your day and figure out what you want to accomplish. Your brain is focused and you answer to no one during this time but yourself.
STEP TWO: MAKE A SCHEDULE
I am a virtual assistant so work for blogging clients takes up a lot of my day. I also promote and write for my own blog. These are the two big tasks for me during the day. I find that I can get the most work done in the morning for blogging clients and then again during nap time. I also take the time 2-3 times a week to write up a blog post of my own. I usually will write these in the morning when my brain is fresh thinking. I then promote it in the afternoon. It’s that simple.
If you are a super busy blogger or you work outside the home, link parties can be one of the best things to promote your posts. Your content is then shared with multiple other bloggers and you can even find inspiration from others’ posts. I also make sure that I take the time to put my post in my favorite blogging groups on Facebook to be given some love and shares.
When it comes to being productive with my blogging clients, I have a schedule in which I complete that work. I mostly do chore threads in blogging groups for other bloggers, so I figured out which threads took the longest. Doing half of those first, then some that took less time and then back to the ones that took longer, was best for me. Having a rhythm like this helped me stay productive. Everyone has their own thing that works for them.
Your brain is fresh when you divide up your work. Do not let everything clump into monotonous tasks. Even though you may enjoy your work, your brain can use a little change of pace every once in a while.
STEP THREE: KEEP LISTS OR A JOURNAL
I absolutely love having a notebook to write things down in that I want to accomplish during the day. Whether it be for clients or in my personal life, it feels great to see everything written down in one place. I use different colors and sometimes I even doodle in the margins. Your journal or planner should be a happy place and not intimidating.
I also love to be able to cross things off my list as I accomplish them. This is the pride part of being productive. Crossing those bad boys out always feels good! Even with my journal, I also have to keep spreadsheets with my tasks that I am doing for my clients. It is something that we both have access to and it puts us both at ease. I make these as colorful as I possibly can by highlighting the tasks I have done with a bold color.
Being productive accounts for three real things to get you started and to stay that way. Get yourself up early so that you are ready to go in the morning before the hustle and bustle of the day starts. Make a schedule that works for you and try your best to stick to it. Life can throw things at us that will change that schedule sometimes, but be as productive as you can. Reschedule things as quickly as possible, too, so that you can stay on track. Lastly, lists are a lifesaver to my productivity. Keeps me in check and feels so good to cross those items off when they are done.
What tips do you have to be the most productive you that you can be?