I’ve always been more of a “go with the flow” kind of person and just done things based on what mood I was in, but I’ve started to realize that if I want to grow A Lifestyle Daily into a business and a brand, I’ve gotta get my shit together.
No more scrolling through Facebook and watching dog videos for hours (even though the dogs in the videos are the cutest), I need to start getting a content calendar together, and I really need to map out what I need to do each day in order to reach my goals and get ALD where I want it.
I have a bad habit of getting easily distracted or putting things off because I’ve just worked all day and all I feel like doing is shoving 283718 hot cheetos into my face and watch Snapped or RHOC. But, I’m definitely working on staying more focused, and that’s where the following gem comes into play.
I bought the book The Productivity Project by Chris Bailey, months ago and instead of reading it and putting it to use, I just kind of let it chill on my desk as a desk decor.
I know, I know… Wtf was I thinking??
BUT, I am finally reading it and accomplishing things. And by things, I mean more than just binge watching Bar Rescue and shopping online.
I’m only on chapter 3, but already have a strong urge to really get organized and tackle my daily to-do lists.
The motto throughout the book is:
Work smarter, not harder.
And that’s just what I intend to start doing.
One of the major things he stresses is that when we don’t spend our time wisely, at the end of the day it won’t matter how much focus and energy we have, because we won’t have accomplished a whole lot.
I could “work” for 6 hours on blog posts, taking pictures, coming up with content, editing photos, but if i’m stopping every 20 minutes to scroll through Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Snapchat for 20 minutes, I’m not getting nearly as much done as I could be, and I’m taking 6 hours to do something that could take me 4 hours if I stay focused.
Making the most of your time is crucial when it comes to growing a business or even just killing it as you’re working for someone else.
Here are a few tips I’ve gathered so far:
1. Get more sleep! Even though is takes up more time, it will boost your energy levels and ability to pay attention more on a task. Being more productive isn’t always about working 22 hours a day. If you’re tired, your brain won’t function and you’ll be useless.
2. Eliminate noise and distractions. I mean, this is a no-brainer, but so so so key! Leaving your phone in the other room, shutting off the tv, and just playing some mellow jazz or Brazilian lounge music will help you stay focused and give you more clarity. It’s so easy to just pick up your phone and read through emails or social media notifications when you’re in the middle of working, so make sure it’s far enough away to not interfere with what you’re doing.
3. Change your mindset. Look at all the things on your to-do list as positive things that will get you one step closer to your goals, not as a 250 pound weight you have to carry around all day. When you’re happy crossing things off your list, you’ll get a heck of a lot more done than you would if you acted like someone was stabbing you as you ran errands or scheduled social media posts.
Before you can even think about changing habits and being productive, Chris stresses that you have to want to be more productive. Ask yourself why you want to get your life together and stop wasting hours in the day on nothing. Figure out what tasks are most important and do those first when you’re feeling most inspired, energetic, or creative.
Planners are what’s really helped me. Especially a cute one that I want to look at everyday.
I write out what posts I want to publish when, and then I carry a notebook around that I’ll write my tasks for the next day in and break down what I need to do to accomplish each.
Crazy helpful and it’s extremely satisfying marking a line or placing a checkmark next to each thing.
It’s obviously going to take time to change habits, so focus on small changes at a time and soon you’ll be on the road to being more productive you.
Was that cheesy??
Anyway, I’ll try to make this a regular thing as I read more from the book, so stay tuned!
If you have tips and tricks or gone from a Lazy Larry to Productive Polly, share share share!!
I could use the help!