As February comes to an end and we wrap up our discussion about productivity, I thought I’d share some of my personal strategies for how I remain as productive as possible. I try to switch up my practices here and there but these four points are my most utilized methods.
Getting it Done Process
I’ve mentioned this process many times and I’m going to mention it again because it’s something that really works for me. My Getting it Done process starts with a full out brain dump. Getting everything on paper, personal, professional, social and anything else that’s on your mind will really help you to determine what things are priorities and which can be handled another day. “Organize It” is step two of the process and this is where you will assign each task to a category and then allow an amount of time to the completion of the task. Scheduling it requires you to actually block the time out of your schedule. Put it in your Google Calendar, on your iPhone, in your day planner- whatever works for you as long as you schedule it and stick to it!
If you want to see a detailed explanation and examples you can check out each step of the process here: Step one, Step two, Step three.
I usually work in 30-minute intervals. I focus on one task for 30 uninterrupted minutes and then I’ll either take a 5-minute break or move on to another task for 30 minutes. This keeps my mind fresh and allows me to really focus in on the task at hand. It’s a simple trick, but it really works.
Like I mentioned, I try to take frequent breaks within my day even if it’s just a few minutes to get up and walk around. I also try to block these out of my schedule as well, although I sometimes don’t make these the priority that I should.
If you only remember one thing in this post, remember this.
The most important thing to have with you to remain productive: SNACKS!
Seriously, snacks are an important part of every day. Ensuring you’re getting enough quality, nutrient filled food is essential for not only your health but also your attention span. Be sure to eat in a regular time pattern, be selective about what food you’re choosing and most importantly listen to your body. Avoid hanger at all costs, once you get hangry there’s no turning back!
Everywhere we turn, there are tips about how to be more productive. Yet sometimes it can be hard to actually see how to incorporate these tips into practice. I hope these points help you to create your own productivity strategies. Let’s connect using #AmandaMarieBiz to discuss what productivity strategies you’re currently using.
A friend of mine also brought up this idea of timers and “time blocking” in half hour intervals. I like the idea of dedicating yourself and focusing on a specific task. I am so all over the place sometimes, it all gets done, but I think it probably takes longer.
Love this idea, and snacks…obviously!
It’s honestly saved me so much time! And I can’t do anything without snacks! haha! : )