One of the biggest concerns bloggers have is finding time to get “it” all done. It always seems that if one thing is being done well, another suffers. For instance, if we are working hard at our blogs and they are successful, then our household suffers.
If we learn to set specific time aside each day for the tasks we need to do, we can be more productive with our time.
Here are some practical tips for being more productive:
- Turn off your phone and disable email notifications. It seems so simple, but it’s one of those things that I have to be constantly aware of. If I am waiting for an important email, I have to tell myself not to worry, it will still be there when I’m finished with another task. I’m able to focus without distractions. More focused time equals more productivity.
- Schedule specific work hours. You may find it hard to do this when you work from home because it seems like you have to fit in time to work in between homeschooling or household duties, or carpooling, or whatever else you need to do. But if you try to schedule specific work hours, you’ll find that you are more productive. Instead of dragging out a project all day, you’ll know that you have two hours to get as much done on it as you can. Your productivity will skyrocket!
- Get up earlier or go to bed later. I am most productive at night after everyone is in bed. I can concentrate and I am wide awake. You may be a morning person and feel your best work is done before everyone else gets up. Take advantage of that time. If you already get up early, try pushing the alarm back another half hour. You’ll have another thirty minutes to get more done before you get busy taking care of your household.
- Keep a clean workspace. What does this have to do with time management? You will spend less time searching for things and more time working. If you have set aside a two-hour work period, you don’t want to spend 30 minutes of those two hours searching for an important document or password. Keep your workspace tidy so you can have maximum productivity.
- Learn to say no. Knowing when to say no can make you immeasurably more productive. A lot of the time, we can’t get it all done because we simply have taken on too many tasks. Learn to say no to things that will not ultimately help your end goal. That way you will have more time to get the most important things done.
- Stop Procrastinating. Procrastination is a time suck. I am guilty of this at times so I know the damage it can do to productivity. As you much as you are able, try to stay ahead of your tasks by at least a week. Do you have blog posts to write? Try to get a week’s worth scheduled ahead of time. Reviews to publish? Same thing.Whatever it is, try not to wait until the last minute. It will not only help with time management, but also reduce your stress! You also want to consider that you never know if an emergency will happen last minute that prevents you from getting your task done last minute. Prevent such scenarios by squishing procrastination and working ahead.
What practical ways have you found give you the most productivity?
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Jennifer Renee blogs at OrganizedHomeOrganizedSchool.com. Her focus is not only on organizing and caring for the home, but also caring for and organizing homeschool, marriage, parenting, business, fitness, and other areas of life that need just as much TLC. She also encourages moms that they can be stay-at-home moms on a small budget and gives practical steps to achieve a balanced work-at-home and homeschooling life. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter.