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7 Tips for SUPER Productivity - Financial Freedom Footsteps.com

 

 

There are so many out there and I have tried A LOT! I’m sure most of us have Pinterest boards for productivity tips too, always looking for new ways to be productive…

 

I constantly have a lot to do and have days where I feel too overwhelmed, so I act like an ostrich (stick my head in the sand and avoid everything that does not absolutely have to be done!)

 

 

Here are some of the tips that I have found work best when you have a mountain of tasks to get through:

 

 

 

1. Try your best not to multi-task and focus on one task at a time

This can be so hard especially when you are juggling side-hustles but it does help to just focus on the task at hand until it’s completed.

 

 

2. Go to bed and wake up at the same times every day

Having sufficient sleep is a much better feeling than waking up groggy and not ready for the day. I heard a tip once but I can’t remember where I heard it! I thought it was from Suzi Whitford of Start a Mom Blog, but I asked her and she didn’t think it was her, lol 🙂  She is a really inspiring person though (who manages her successful online business, is a prolific creator and balances all that alongside her three children – it’s so motivating to see her do that and gives me motivation too.

Anyway, the tip is basically: Do not snooze your alarm clock in the morning (how hard is that?!)  Just sit up, throw your arms in the air and say “Yeah!”. You might feel silly but I’ve actually tried it a number of times and do it when I remember – it definitely gives you a boost!! 

 

 

3. Put your favorite music on loud!

I find that as much as I enjoy some music, certain types of songs and listening to the radio can be a little distracting. But putting on my favs on an iTunes or Spotify playlist and just letting them play can really have the effect of a few strong coffees! I just get so much done while singing along 🙂  The key (at least for me) is to have it LOUD though! ?

 

 

4. Work when YOU feel most productive

It’s hard to force yourself to wake up early if you’re a night owl and vice versa. I used to try and wake up earlier on a regular basis, but 9 times out of 10 I wasn’t able to do it effectively. I find some of my most productive time is late at night. It’s definitely my preference to go to sleep early and wake up early, but in reality it does not always work out that way. So I decided to give into my own body clock and just keep working when my body is telling me that it’s naturally most motivated. It allows you to get a lot done!

 

 

5. Respond to work emails ASAP

This is a bit of a touchy subject because some might say it’s not necessary to be consistently on your email and many “experts” would say that you should carve out specific times of the day to check your emails – for example, just twice a day or four times a day.

But think about when you send an email to ask a question – it’s likely that you’re unable to continue with that particular task until you have the answer. When people respond to me within minutes I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that, so I put myself in their shoes and do the same! You may be thinking, why not just pick up the phone and ask if it’s a quick question? Sometimes calling someone will just interrupt them more than an email and calls don’t work well for a variety of reasons, like if you’re working across different time zones, maybe you don’t have time for the quick chit chat at the beginning / end of most phone calls or you don’t want to get out of the flow of banging out all those emails!

It could contradict the focus tip above, but if they are quick-response emails of a few short lines, I don’t mind interrupting my task-at-hand to respond so that the other person can get on with their day too 🙂

 

 

6. What are the 3 things that you could do today that would make a difference?

When you’re feeling overwhelmed, it’s hard not to feel frozen. Sometimes you don’t know where to start. Think about just 3 of the tasks you could complete today that would make you feel a sense of accomplishment, or the tasks that are the more urgent ones on your loooong list – and DO them.

 

 

7. Just begin!

If you can’t decide which are the most important tasks for the day, just start somewhere and you’ll find you eventually get into the flow.

 

Update: There is an important 8th tip for productivity! It’s a biggie! Click here to read it…

 

The 8th Tip for Super Productivity

 

Have you tried any of these tips? Which ones work best for you? Do you do something else to boost your productivity that isn’t listed above?

 

 

 

 

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