There are only so many hours in the day, and I’m sure you wish there were more! Staying productive in a given day has been something I’ve really struggled to hit my stride on over the years, but I think I’ve finally figured it out.
Some days you just get more done and some days you don’t and that’s ok. Knowing how to keep yourself on track with your productivity is a major key to making sure you get the most out of everything you do or spend your precious time on.
There are just so many tasks to juggle and things to work on when you’re just starting out with your business, and even as you grow along with it, the things just continue to pile up.
Here are 4 ways to stay highly productive so you can drive your success forward.
Focus On Revenue Generation
Anything you do that contributes to generating revenue is the most important part of your day, hands down. I know this is up for debate with a lot of people, but you need money to keep it going.
It’s really easy to waste a lot of your time doing more menial administrative type tasks, but none of this ends up contributing to growing your business in a meaningful way, trust me.
A good way to keep yourself productive is to limit the amount of time you spend every day or every week on administrative tasks. Sit down to do it and put a timer on your phone. When your time is up, move on!
Batching Is Your New Best Friend
What the heck is batching? It’s where you sit down and accomplish a group of similar tasks in a set amount of time with (ideally) no interruptions.
It definitely takes you time to switch your focus when working on other activities and batching helps streamline your productivity because you’re not multitasking or taking time away from a given task to go focus on something else.
The way to get started with batching is to make a list of everything you need to do, and then pick similar tasks to accomplish one after another. For example, replying to emails and replying to people on social media are similar, so I do one of those after the other.
I use a whiteboard, spreadsheets, and two planners to keep myself highly organized. The more organized you are, the less time you have to spend wondering where to find something or wondering what you even need to be doing, and the less time you can spend being stressed out about those things.
Keeping yourself organized digitally and physically is equally important. At the end of every day, I take time to make sure my desk is clean and everything I don’t need is put away. At the end of every week, I set aside time to organize absolutely everything.
Don’t Check Your Email
I’ve found that if I check my email first thing in the morning, it ends up destroying my day. Why? I waste hours responding to things or getting lost in my inbox.
Instead, the first thing I do is work on a project I really need to get done for the day and I end up checking my email around noon. For me, this keeps me more on track and more productive!
Bre is a female millennial go getter residing in New York. One part entrepreneur, one part geek, she obtained her degree in Textile/Surface Design from The Fashion Institute of Technology.
She has held some exciting roles in both fashion as a designer working for brands like Victoria’s Secret and Henri Bendel, as well as in ad tech working for publishers like Ziff Davis.
Today she operates her own luxury label Bre Avery, along with Chip Chick Media which reaches millions of women each month.
Bre is passionate about teaching women how to build a business and be an entrepreneur, in addition to keeping her readers informed of the latest technology trends and exciting products to improve their lifestyles.
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