Do you already feel your productivity disappearing with so much holiday craziness happening?
I know I do.
It’s Black Friday today, which means the end-of-year madness officially kicks off.
Holiday sales, making way for the new year, selling stock, planning for 2017, gift giving, entertaining loved ones — whose bright idea was it anyway to have all of this happen at the same time?
As #BossBabes, our productivity is directly related to our income.
If we’re not getting anything done, how can we focus on making money and achieving success?
Avoiding distraction is difficult and before you know it, you’ve wasted hours/days/months, missed your deadline and feel completely overwhelmed.
But all hope is not lost.
You can take control of your time, increase your productivity and in turn, see your sales skyrocket.
Here are 5 productivity hacks that will help you crush your To-Do lists in less time:
Just say ’No’.
If you’re like me, you want to do everything for your business.
‘Yes’ is often your first answer when any opportunity comes your way.Start prioritizing what’s worth your time and what isn’t.
The night before, write your To-Do list. In the morning, rearrange your list by priority and cross off anything that isn’t directly related to achieving your goal.
When you own your own business, you believe that if you want it done right, you need to do it yourself, which is totally not true.
Relying on others to complete small tasks can increase your productivity 10-fold.
Your time is valuable and should be spent doing things that only YOU can do.
Outsource whatever you can.
Hire a virtual assistant.
Start drop shipping.
Automate your emails.
Schedule your social media posts.
Have a plan and write it down.
This is the easiest yet most effective productivity hack, yet I know most of you don’t do this!
Have a daily planner, like The Content Planner, to help organize your ideas, schedule your social media, set monthly and weekly goals and pre-plan your entire 2017 marketing.
Set a timer then take a break. Repeat.
We set alarms for sleeping, so why not set alarms for the rest of our important tasks?
Creating mini deadlines will encourage you to focus harder and get everything done in less time.
Think of it like a HIIT workout for your To-Do list!
Need to file your expenses for last month? Set a timer on your phone.
Need to shoot a new product for your website? Set a timer on your phone.
You get the idea.
Take care of yourself and your health.
This is the most important productivity hack.
You’re more productive when your brain and your body are functioning at their best.
Here are a few simple ways to get your mental and physical health in tip top productivity shape:
Sleep. Easier said than done right? Did you know humans are the only mammal that willingly delays sleep? Don’t deny yourself the necessity of sleep when you’re tired. It’s time for your mind and body to take a much needed break. You’ll be more productive tomorrow morning after a good night’s rest anyway.
Take breaks every few hours. I find making and eating a healthy snack is a great reward for a few hours of productive work. Breaks help your mind reset and get ready for the next task at hand.
Go to the gym and leave your phone in the car. I don’t work out with my phone because it’s more of a distraction then anything else.
Drink lots of water (coffee counts!). Did you know our brains are made of 75% water?
Avoid junk food as much as you can. I like the 80/20 rule because it’s all about moderation. 80% of the week you fuel your body with delicious, healthy nutrition then 20% of the week, it’s okay to indulge a little.
A study of 1 million students in New York showed that students who ate lunches that did not include artificial ingredients did 14 percent better on IQ tests than students who ate lunches with additives.
Deal with your demons. Sometimes we can forget that our mental health is just as important as our physical health because the symptoms aren’t as obvious.
Check in with yourself and ask if you’re okay.
It was estimated that between 50-70 percent of visits to the doctor for physical ailments are attributed to psychological factors.
If something doesn’t feel right, ignoring your intuition won’t make it go away.
And when you’re not operating at your best, neither can your business.