Take a seat, let’s chat.
For many of us, it is time to get back to the grind! For yours truly, that means working hard…I like to keep busy, but I also need time in my schedule to decompress. I need to be as productive as possible, so I can enjoy the moments when I am not working. While I am not an expert on the matter, I have definitely improved my personal time management skills and would like to send some hacks your way.
Today, I am sharing 3 Productivity Hacks:
First: The Ivy Lee Method: This method is famously-known and very helpful. Essentially, it consists of creating a to do list with six tasks to be completed. These six tasks are to be established at the end of the work day and listed in order of importance. I do this at the end of each day, while I am relaxing with a cup of tea. The next morning, I wake up ready to conquer my list. I include work tasks, as well as workouts, creative content time, etc.
Second: Time Batching: You may have heard this term before! Time batching is essentially allocating time to complete specific tasks. Let’s use this example: Your to do list includes answering emails. When using the time batching technique, you set aside a designated time slot solely to answer emails. Set a timer for one hour, answer emails within that time frame, and then you are DONE. Do not answer emails before or after this hour, and do not interrupt this hour with other tasks. This level of focus may be difficult at first, but I have found it very rewarding. It helps keep your mind in a proactive, goal and task oriented state.
Third: Turn your phone on airplane. I understand this may not be realistic in certain circumstances; however while working on tasks that do not require a cell phone, I find it extremely helpful to set the phone on airplane mode. By doing, I am able to focus on the tasks I need to complete without distractions. In the long run, I get more accomplished. Once I have completed a project, I can be reactive and send replies and help others with tasks.
Hopefully, these productivity hacks are helpful! I have found that when I am more productive, I feel accomplished and I am able to fully enjoy my time off! By using productivity hacks, I feel less rushed and ready to conquer each day.
Let’s make this year our most productive year yet!
Photography by Christina Meerloo.https://www.instagram.com/meerloophotography/