7 Tips to Staying Productive. I mentioned in my previous article, The Time Management Myth, time can’t be managed but your actions and behaviors can.
I talked about how you can make a Top 6 List before you end your day.
Here are 7 more of the Top Productive Actions you can start taking today:
1) Turn Your Car into a Library
Between high school and college, I don’t think I finished 1 complete book, but because I have done the above since 2005 I have listened to over 150 books, articles, and seminars about building a business, investing, leadership, and internet marketing. Think about how much time you spend in the car each day, whether it is a commute for work or just running errands, it really adds up.
2) Schedule your email time and stick to the schedule.
I mentioned this briefly in my previous article but here is how you can take action and start today. First, turn off your alerts. How many times have you seen the pop up that notifies that you’ve got mail!? You click on it and before you know it you have already spent 10 minutes away from your most important task. Have set times that you will check and respond to your emails.
If not responding right away drives you crazy, then you can set an autoresponder that says you respond to your emails at certain times and will respond back to them at that time. If you can’t do that, then close out your email and keep it closed until you are at least finished with the task at hand. Take 5 minutes to respond to the most urgent email and get back to the next on your Top 6.
3) Unsubscribe to Newsletters and Email Lists
Since we are on the subject of emails. This is another one that can suck away your time. Even if it is just going through deleting your emails, this takes time away from other more important tasks. Only keep subscriptions that are vitally important and click unsubscribe to all the rest.
4) Dido the email schedule with Phone Calls too.
I have set times for this too. I check my messages right when I walk in the office. I didn’t say I call them back, I just check them. I will then return the most urgent during a quick lunch break. And the rest at the end of the day. If a call comes in between those times. I don’t answer it. If it’s important they will leave a message or they will email and get your autoresponder.
5) Don’t Check Facebook During Working Hours
This is a must! Unless your work actually requires you to be on Facebook, don’t do it! This is a for sure way to get distracted. I don’t even set aside time for this during the day. I will check this in the afternoon or evening. If your work requires you to be on Facebook, then before you even log on, write down your objectives for being on Facebook, get them done, stay on target, and get off. By the way, the above goes for any other social media as well.
6) No thank you, but thanks for asking
When someone asks to go to grab some lunch, get coffee, or, my achilles heel, happy hour, you get excited. It’s nice to know others want to be around you. This is where your Top 6 really comes in to play. If they are not done yet, you cannot go, period. The more clear you are on your goals and priorities the easier it is to say no.
If the sun is out already when you are getting up, then it is too late. Books upon books have shown that the most productive and successful people get up early before everyone else. It’s a fact that you are at your best right after waking up from a good night’s sleep. Why let that go to waste? Get some of your most important stuff done during this time. You can be done with half your day before most people even start theirs.
Well there you have it. Stay productive. Stay Active. Finish your business.
If you found this helpful, if you have any other tips that have worked for you, or if you have any questions please comment below, it is greatly appreciated.