Is that even possible?
Being more productive with less stress?
Here are 5 tips that can help you with this. In addition to these tricks, I have a whole program for you…
But first 5 tricks, at the end of the blog, you will also find more info and a link to the program.
1 | Plan your day. Decide a maximum time for each task. Add tasks to the calendar.
If you’ve been following me for a while, then you already know that all my tasks are on the calendar and I plan every day right in the morning.
First, I make a list of all the tasks and arrange them from the most important, to the least important.
I open the calendar (Google Calendar) and predict the maximum time for each task – I add this time block to the calendar. With this system, I immediately see if it will be possible for me to do everything I wanted today. If not, depending on the importance, I can decide what I will postpone to another day.
2 | Turn off Alerts.
I’ve read many times that it’s a good idea to turn off reminders, alerts… because these are distractions that throw you out of focus.
But my thoughts were…
What if someone urgently needs me?
Isn’t that selfish, even rude (for example, not answering the phone)?
Then I started thinking about… who do I want to have the power to decide how my day/life will look like? Everyone else and their needs or me?
The answer was quickly very clear.
And when I introduced this into my life – WOW, now I understand what I was reading about.
If you are not sure… set yourself this challenge for just one week and give it a try.
In short: turn off ALL notifications and reminders on your phone and computer. And check them when you plan time to do this.
3 | Do the hardest things first
Do the hardest task first and then do all other – more enjoyable tasks! Without procrastination, just jump in and do it first.
For me, these are e.g. all the bureaucratic tasks… I always tackle these first because I remember that relief, the nice feeling when all those tasks are done.
Motivation will be then much better.
4 | Take breaks. Say no.
These two are for most people difficult, but just as hard as we make them (it was hard for me to take a break or say no).
I recommend that you plan regular breaks – e.g. for lunch, walk… This will have a positive effect on your work and productivity.
And of course, if you plan for half an hour break, that’s should really be half an hour and not 2 hours (e.g. Netflixing).
The second is to say NO, or learn to say no.
This powerful word is self-contained and does not necessarily need an apology.
You can say “no” even if you don’t feel like it.
And don’t forget, every time you say yes, you also say “no” to everything else.
5 | Delegate and automate.
Tasks that are not your area of work… delegate – hand them over to experts. And that doesn’t necessarily mean you have employees, you can also outsource.
In addition to delegation, you can also automate many things in your business.
You can automate as much as possible – e.g. email automation, goals, planning…
It’s a mini investment for great results!
If you are interested in learning more about how you can optimize your business:
Simplify Your Business
How to change your business from chaos into an organized and automated whole that will generate a lot of free time and profit.