Ah, productivity. It's the jet fuel that fires ambition. But, it's not always easy to come by. Here are my top five tips for productivity when I need to get shit done!
1. Make a list of your top 5 priorities for the day
I used to make to-do lists that were miles long. Then I'd beat myself up for not getting it all done at the end of the day. I started making a list of my top 5 priorities -- what actually needs to get done everyday. Then I'd time block my calendar accordingly. For example, I know packing and sending out packages will probably take an hour, but doing an update on the website can take upwards of three. That helps me determine what is actually accomplishable AND set boundaries on my time. Seeing how long it will take to do all of the activities makes me more cognizant of scheduling meetings that could be emails or taking on additional projects that I don't have the bandwidth for.
2. Reward yourself before you even begin
I feel like we're always taught that you get the reward after you do the thing, but I've found it's a great kickstarter to actually get me excited for the project. For me, an indulgent, overpriced coffee is always a great incentive to get me to sit down and do the work!
3. Set times to move!
In case you haven't noticed yet, setting boundaries for me was always really difficult -- especially when it came to my time. There would be days that turned into weeks that turned into months without working out simply because I felt so guilty to step away from my computer. Now, it's the first thing I schedule. I personally notice a direct correlation between my happiness, productivity, and time that I take to workout and unplug. It makes me better at what I do, so it's a priority for me to schedule it. Whether it's a gym session, walking to work, or taking Rigs for a walk, I make it a point to plan when I will get my movement in.
4. Celebrate successes
I am naturally a goal oriented person. I'm pretty self motivated. The feeling of crossing things off a to do list is a high for me. But something I'm not good at is giving myself a moment to look around and celebrate what I'm accomplishing before I go on to the next thing. One of the biggest lessons COVID taught me was to slow down, take a look around, and celebrate all of the wins -- big and small.
5. Track your burnout It has taken me a while to learn to follow my gut, listen to my intuition, and track my burnout. The best way to deal with burnout is to prevent it. For me, I know burnout is around the corner if I struggle to focus, miss little details, struggle to listen or read the news, or sabotage by staying up late and skipping workouts. I know I'm not setting myself up for success if I book too many night meetings, don't give myself at least one day without meetings, and eat unhealthily or skip meals all together because I'm too busy. It's important for me to take time to check in on how I'm doing, and when I do that, I am able to combat burnout effectively -- in turn, making me more productive. What are your tips for productivity? Let me know below! Your internet BFF, kylee