As you settle into 2015, and the holiday cheer wears off, you realize that in this new year you still only have 24 hours in each day. Do you ever feel like there just isn’t enough time to get everything done? The busy entrepreneur has a mile-long list of business tasks, on top of all of the personal things that must be managed to keep afloat. That’s why today, I’m revealing some productivity tips that our team utilizes to get more done in less time.
First off, find a time management method that makes sense to you and works well with your schedule. Team MJ (Marketing Java, that is) favors the Pomodoro Technique. The technique is based on the notion that taking short, scheduled breaks while working eliminates the “running on fumes” feeling you get when you’ve pushed yourself too hard. Have you ever fallen victim to the all-t00-familiar scenario where at the end of a 12 hour workday, you realize you haven’t eaten since breakfast or had a sip of H2O all day? That isn’t healthy, people! I know that when you love what you do, it’s easy to get caught up in another world, but you have to take care of yourself. When you stick to a time management system, you’ll feel better mentally and physically, which will allow you to get more done!
Good Things Come to Those Who Plan
You may think that planning is only for overbearing, Type A personalities. Think again, buster. Planning ahead is crucial for any business person and will save you time and precious energy. One simple way you can do this is by creating a To-Do list each night for the next business day. Set aside a few minutes at the end of your work day to make a list of the items you need to get accomplished the following day. This is a nice way to provide closure after work and will allow you to relax, rather than mulling over your pressing tasks during dinner – or worse, at 2AM when you can’t fall back asleep. This is a simple habit that will really increase your productivity.
In this mobile age, it’s easy to get sucked into the black hole that is the internet. (Like when you go to “quickly” check Becky’s post about what she had for breakfast and two hours later, you snap out of it, feeling like you’re in the Twilight Zone.) What was I talking about? Oh yes, distractions. Take note of the distractions that pop-up throughout your work day. Whether it’s Twitter updates on your phone, or in my case, an adorable dachshund mix named Penny. Try to avoid or eliminate as many of the items that are stealing your attention. Consider putting your cell phone away while you’re working (blasphemy, I know!) or shutting the office door so your dog can’t come in and lick your toes. Don’t worry, you can look at your tweets and get some puppy love during the frequent breaks you’ll take while using the Pomodoro Technique! It’s a win, win.
I hope these tips help you kick some major booty in the year ahead. Do you have any systems or habits that make you a super-productive ninja? If so, please share in the comments below!