3 Simple ways to control your productivity
Effective time management can seem an impossible task. You are trying to work, run a household, look after the kids and act as the frontline for anything new and unexpected. It is no wonder you sometimes feel like all you do is a race around yet the to-do pile remains stacked high, and nothing seems to get done.
Here are three simple ways to control your productivity.
Create a Plan
Make lists. Lists are the best way to ensure you have a clear plan in your head. Whether you prefer to have a pen and paper type list or you get an app to control your list for you, the important thing is to use it. Section tasks into three categories. High, medium and low priority, as this makes it even easier to see what you need to do next. High priority tasks should be those that need completing within the day, that really cannot wait, and that have a considerable significance to your work. Being more organised and structured immediately adds to productivity. Low priority tasks can wait for another day but if you get through everything else you know you can tackle them and get them off the list. It is quite satisfying to watch the task list dwindle, however, if things do not go according to plan and the workload is still not getting done, instead of beating yourself up, remember that you have done the planning work so tomorrow should be more accessible.
Section Your Day
Once you have your to-do list, you know what order the work is going in. The next step is to ensure you section your day into manageable chunks. Bring a parent entrepreneur changes over time so you can subtle tweak your day to get things in. As the children get older you will often find you have more extended time chunks available to work; when they are younger, you will just have to bear with things as they inevitably interrupt you. By creating work sections in your day, and taking breaks in between, you should find it is more comfortable even with little ones. Breaks are significant as you need to recharge your batteries so continually working through meals times and all other events are not suitable for you or for the business. Split the day into 30-minute sections and in between make yourself get up, use the restroom, make a drink and walk around for a bit. If you have children around at that time spend ten mins with them.
Limited Social Time
Social media is one of the biggest time wasters. It is all too easy if you work alone from home to find yourself checking in to see what is happening on Facebook. Make a plan that during your chunks of time you have allowed for working you will also stay off social media. Take calls that are work-related or emergency child related and leave the rest until you have finished for the day or have taken a break. Catch up with your social media before you start and if needs be close social browser windows and silence notifications.