One of the top productivity hacks I’ve come across as of late is to touch an email once.
I no longer open the emails until I’m ready to answer them! Nothing like having to go through a list of starred emails you’re dreading to reply to and find some in the queue for months.
I was inspired by this idea when I listened to a podcast with Myleik Teele interviewing Ryan Holiday (author).
I was stunned at how less anxious I was to tackle email when it was on MY time. As a bookkeeper, I get tons of emails from the same client daily. Waiting to receive all the emails and respond to one has reduced my stress of juggling clients, dramatically.
Now I go into my workday ready to do actual work THEN conquer my emails.
Another hack I use is Streak from Gmail. You can schedule your emails to reply during your “normal” business hours.
I love to answer emails early in the morning while drinking my coffee and schedule them at 9 am. The second time I touch my emails is right before lunch. Then finally, right before I schedule my next workday before heading out to pick up my daughter.Iyanna Vaughn
My favourite tool for keeping me productive is my Blog planning Bullet Journal! I can customise it and change it so it’s exactly how I need it.
Every day has an A4 page where I write my to-do list and Social Media sharing and have space to record income and expenses and events that are happening. I plan a week at a time which keeps me focused on the immediate priorities for my Business.
I have a monthly spread set out like a calendar and I record things like when I publish a Blog post, share to my Facebook group, add items to my shop and upload a YouTube video. I can see exactly which weeks I was being lazy and which weeks I was ultra productive. I find a visual record of the tasks I’ve completed really motivates me to complete them to keep my tracking calendar filled in! [You can see Laura’s bullet journaling in action via this post]Laura Williams
As a mum to two young kids, sometimes it is impossible to get things done! Traditional methods of like time blocking just don’t work, much to the chagrin of my Type A personality. Instead, I have had to embrace the chaos and now I ask myself the night before “What is my ONE task for tomorrow?” This must be a task that will move my business forward towards my goals. Then I get that done when I can fit it in – before they get up in the morning, during nap time or just when I magically find the toddler happy watching TV and baby is asleep.
Then I have a second list of little tasks. These are the bits that I can do between moments, they generally take less than 10 minutes. So instead of if I find a moment at the computer trying to figure out what to do, I can go straight in and tackle the next thing on that list.Yael Keon
I hope this has given you some inspiration in finding your productivity formula. You can read more about steps to finding your productivity formula in this post.
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