Staying productive is oftentimes a challenge in these times, when there is so much competing for our attention. We’ve all had days when it seems like nothing gets accomplished as we face one interruption after another.
In my case, I have my internet business, as well as a number of other business interests which demand my attention. Add to that family responsibilities, social activities, exercise…you get the picture.
We all have our own versions of what is pressing.
What’s the answer in staying productive? It’s all about maintaining focus and building momentum. Here are a few things I’ve found to be helpful along the way.
Treat Important Blocks of Time as Appointments
I find it helpful to break my day into segments, being flexible around what is most pressing. Most people have no problem, typically, in blocking off a piece of the day for a meeting. Yet, if we know that we should take a block of time to design a new landing page, or write a series of articles, we often allow that time to get interrupted with phone calls, going off on internet tangents, constantly checking emails, etc. Instead, treat those segments like appointments…allowing nothing to get in the way.
Do your Most Important Project First
For me, creating forward momentum on our Internet business is the highest priority. So, the first 4 hours of my work day is when I devote to that purpose. It’s like an ongoing appointment that I do not vary unless something pressing (pre-planned) supersedes it. I shut off the phones and don’t check emails. This allows me to get into the productive space such that one task flows efficiently into the next.
Then, at the end of this period, I have a feeling of accomplishment. I can then focus on the other tasks that need attention, or as is often the case, continue on my internet business-building tasks. Most importantly for me, it allows me to approach the rest of my day in a more relaxed fashion.
(To be continued.)