2020 and 2021 have been tough on many of us. And if you feel drained, it is no wonder. Have you completely lost your mojo? Is your work-life balance just whatever/whenever? And are boundaries non-existent? You are not alone!
It's time to clear the overwhelm and uncertainty and putting yourself first. Because you can't give from an empty cup. But before you run of for some extra and much needed self-care, let me share with you my favourite productivity hacks.
PRODUCTIVITY HACK #1 - GET CLEAR ON YOUR GOALS
It is very easy to get stuck in the pattern of just getting things done. But there is a difference between being busy and being productive. Stop and re-evaluate your goals. What would you like to accomplish before the end of the year? Have an epic final sale? Onboard 2 more clients? Feel fit and well-rested again? Make sure to set a realistic goal and start working towards it!
Productivity hack #2 - Plan Ahead
With your goal(s) in mind from hack #1, you need to come up with a plan that can be easily executed. Break it down into actionable steps. I would recommend planning your goal, breaking it down per week, and daily activities — from broad to detailed.
BUT keep in mind to plan in time for family and quality time as well. You don't want to be working during your Christmas dinner just to hit your goals. Make time for fun and play too (more on that later).
Productivity hack #3 - Prioritise Properly
As I said with hack #1, there is a difference between being productive and being busy. Just because something is on your to-do list doesn't mean it has to be done. Learning to prioritize properly is KEY to creating the most momentum in your business. I like to think about it this way. What is the number #1 thing I can do today that will have the biggest impact? Think about it in terms of ROI (return on investment). Put your energy towards activities that have the biggest return. You will move mountains in no time.
Susanne Grant: "You don’t have to work yourself into a breakdown to prove you are worthy and dedicated. You are most effective when your cup is full and overflowing! You must come first. Always."
Productivity hack #4 - Say No
This is a tricky one, and many struggle with this. So, if this resonates with you, please know you are not alone! Saying no to things that are not in alignment with your goals can feel strange at first. But if you want to focus and get the most out of the last few weeks of the year, you’ve got to focus on what YOU want to achieve.
I know it sounds very logical but doing this effectively is the biggest stumble block I see my clients make. Let me phrase it differently for you: If it doesn't directly relate to your goal, you've got to say no, or not now. Most things can wait until the new year if, of course, you want to do it. Just say no and keep repeating hack #3 to prioritize your to-dos.
Productivity hack #5 - Have Clear Boundaries
With most of us working from home, or partially, it becomes easy to do whatever through your day. But if you want to be as productive as you can be, you've got to put clear boundaries in place. Communicate with other members of your household (if it applies) and come up with a plan that works for all involved.
Communication is key if you want to make this step successful. Don't assume other people around you know what it is you need to be able to fully show up in your business. Communicate, don’t wait.
PRODUCTIVITY HACK #6 - START TIME BLOCKING
We humans are funny beings, and the truth is we can only focus for certain lengths of periods at a time. After 1.5-2 hours, your focus starts to drop, which means this would be the perfect time for a break. See hack #2 — include them in your plans! Stretch, move, hydrate, and get some fresh air. It will make you feel great and, therefore, more productive.
And as an extra tip to help you, I find that for every 2-hour block you work, you can ask yourself the ROI question again "what is the number #1 thing that will have the biggest impact?".
Rinse and repeat!
Productivity hack #7 - Stop multitasking
Multitasking makes you a whopping 40% less productive and often reduces the quality of your work as well. If you want to up your productivity game, focus on one #1 single task at the time. Close the door, turn off any notifications of your phone and computer. They are very distracting and will not help you achieve your goal faster. Take charge and make things easy for yourself. It’s allowed, you know!
Susanne Grant: "Rest is a productivity activity."
Productivity hack #8 - Batch activities
When you are working, it is a lot easier to focus on similar tasks at the time, rather than doing similar small tasks every day. So, what do I mean by that? For example, you can start batching your social media content. You can use apps to help you schedule your content in one go. It's easy, effective, and highly productive. And it allows you to focus the rest of your time on your goals from hack #1.
Productivity hack #9 - Prioritise Good Night Sleep
You know you perform better when you've had a good night sleep, eat well, and exercise. More fun, more profits, more joy, more quality time. Right? Make your health and wellbeing your priority, and your future self will thank you for it.
There are only so many hours in a day, but you can get more out of your day if you learn how to spend your time wisely. These hacks are meant to support you achieve your goals, become more productive, and have plenty of time left for self-care, family, and time for fun.
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PS Did you enjoy this article? You might also enjoy: Why work-life balance matters?
Susanne Grant is an Award-winning Work-Life Balance Integration Expert, Intuitive Business Coach & Consultant and International Bestselling Author of the book “Drop The MF Struggle”. She helps organisations reduce stress-related absence costs, increase job satisfaction and performance.