It always seems like there is so much to do and so little time.
If you feel like you constantly end your day feeling unaccomplished then this article is for you.
If you ever feel like you didn’t get what mattered done and you are wondering how the day slipped away, then this article is for you.
If you find yourself being new to entrepreneurship, working from home, or having to manage yourself and are struggling to find your groove then this article is for you.
It’s one of the challenges I too faced and conquered at the beginning of my entrepreneurial journey. I now had no boss, no one to tell me what to do or when to do it, and I was excited about it. Except, I quickly realized that not having the management of a boss meant I was going to have to manage myself. At first, this was a challenge. I had a long list of to-do’s but no clear direction of when or how to coordinate my day. I had days where I felt like I got little done or hadn’t accomplished the things that mattered. Then, I started implementing the following things and found myself becoming more productive each and every single day:
1. Create a list of your top three priorities for the day and start with those
We all have long to-do lists that well exceed over three things. However, I have found that most days I do have three things the are of utmost priority. So, I start each work day by determining what my top three priorities are and then I work on those things first. On most days I get all three things done (and more) and then find myself feeling extremely accomplished at the end of the day.
2. Create a to-do list of tasks that need to get done in order of priority
From there I create a regular to-do list where I list everything else that needs to get done in order of priority. Once I complete the top three tasks I start to work through the rest of the list.
3. Create a schedule for each hour of your day
This has quickly become one of my favorite things to do. Once I have my lists I actually schedule out my day and list what I will work on and when. This does a number of things. First, it saves me the time of trying to figure out what to do next or what I should be working on. Instead I look at my schedule and know what to move on to. Then it also allows me to plan out how my day will go and gives me a look at what I will most likely get done that day. I even schedule out lunch as well as when I will finish working. This helps me keep work life balance.
It’s easy to waste time on Facebook or Youtube all day (I’m guilty of doing that) and the best way to avoid it is to have a clear plan of action. Start your day by creating that plan and decide where your time will go instead of letting your day go by. Be purposeful with how you spend your time and you will see results.
Do you have productivity tips? Share them with me in a comment below!