We can work from an office or from home, but have to take one thing seriously or our business can easily become a hobby: our time. Even if you love what you do, you have to set barriers for yourself or your whole day can be spent on social media and with other activities that suck your time away.
The tips below can help you achieve a mood and state that make you energetic and highly productive at the same time.
1) Have an energizing breakfast
Many people start their day without breakfast. Don’t belong among them!
Start your day with a big glass of water, which cleans your body and my brain. You may also drink a cup of coffee and have something light but energizing like oatmeal with fruit.
This gives me energy but doesn’t make me sleepy and keeps my mind clear. Give it a try!
Don’t forget to drink during the day. Your brain needs it! Dehydration means less energy and lack of concentration.
2) Plan your day
This is essential. Without planning, you can go multitasking and not really know what you do.
Set top priorities for your day. Decide what’s urgent and important to do (consider deadlines if you work for clients or launch dates and other necessary work in your own biz).
Break down big goals and projects to smaller actionable steps so they won’t seem so daunting.
You can use different software or apps for planning and project management:
- Evernote: it’s mainly for taking notes, but you can create a to-do list with checkboxes
- Omnifocus: it’s not free but provides a complex system in return
- Google Tasks (in Calendar): it’s free (available as a Chrome extension too, and there are apps built for handling your tasks)
- Trello: if you want to go serious about your personal projects
- Asana: if you work in a team
(Need more ideas? Check out this Zapier post on 40 of the best to-do apps.)
If you are a paper-and-pen perso, utilize a planner. You can prefer a weekly planner or daily planning page – you decide, test what makes you more in control.
You can use a daily planner, with a ‘top priorities’ and a ‘to do’ section, a schedule, notes and favorites : a section where you can record blog and/or biz milestones and write down what you’re grateful for at the end of the day.
3) Create time blocks and focus on the task
While planning, decide how much time you’re going to spend on each task (it’s usually more than what you think first).
Then spend 90 minutes on your first most important task (that’s 20% of an 8 hour work day.) Take breaks every 90 minutes or use the Pomodoro method: 25 minutes work, 5 minutes break – you can also use the Clearfocus app to track time (it gently reminds you to get back to work when the 5 minutes are over).
Stand up during your breaks, go outside to get some fresh air, drink some water or have a little snack.
4) Do something uplifting
Whether it’s your dance class, some exercise, going for a walk or a jog, listening to your favourite music, or reading a good book, do something that recharges your batteries. It’s important for us to do activities that inspire and bring us back to life.
5) Plan your tomorrow
At the end of your day, evaluate what you have achieved and what still needs to be done.
Filling the gratitude section of your daily planner is a nice way of closing your day. Although, there are days when it’s not easy to be grateful, always try to find the little successes on these days too.
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