Have you ever sat down to write a blog post and suddenly found yourself doing the dishes? Even with the best of intentions, it’s crazy how easy it is to get distracted.
Procrastination is no stranger to those of us fully responsible for making our own schedules and our own success. Whether it’s writing a blog post, drafting a newsletter or replying to client emails the key to getting the tasks done we all tend to avoid is time management. This month we’re sharing our best tips for tackling tasks that keep showing up on our weekly to-do list.
Identify The Most Pressing Task
Need help figuring out what to cross off your list first? Look at your to-do list and ask yourself which task will bring you closer to a new client. Then do that task. Items on your to-do list that fall into this category include: answering or following up on a client email, brainstorming a great newsletter topic, writing a blog post, or planning out your social media posts for the month. All of this is a form of marketing and it’s what attracts clients to your business and pays the bills so start here whenever you’re not sure what to do first.
Pick Your Most Productive Time Of Day
If you work a full-time job or have children your most productive time of day may be the time you actually have available in your tight schedule. But, if possible, try to plan your tasks according to when you’re typically in the best headspace to do them. If you find it’s easier to write first thing in the morning, put it in your calendar to draft a blog post over coffee. Not sure what time of day is best for different tasks? Start with a window of time in the early morning to get important business tasks done. The earlier you start the less likely you’ll be to be pulled away by something else.
Set a Timer
Want to know the truth? This is the #1 secret to how we get our weekly blog posts out the door every single week: set a timer for 20 minutes.
Yup. It’s that simple. The toughest part of being productive is simply getting started. Don’t think about whether your writing is good enough, your blog topic is interesting enough or anything else. Just start. You’ll be pleasantly surprised how much you can get done in less than a half hour. And, if you’re not done when you timer goes off, you’ll be so far into the task at hand you’ll be motivated to finish it and cross it off your to-do list.
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