So you’ve been working on your hustle for days, weeks, months … maybe you’re a hustle veteran and it’s been years.
Wherever you’re at in your goal-smashing, career-making stage – here is some #RealTalk you will at some point hit a slump. There are going to be days where the creative juices are just not flowing, where you will feel like you took 10 steps back and that the ‘to-do’s’ never seem to be ticked off.
Consequences? Loss of revenue, productivity, motivation and confidence.
So how does one hack our way through a slump and come out the other end fist in the air? We’ve got you.
Here are 5 ways to increase your productivity day-to-day and reduce the stress mind-set of your workload:
Eliminate ALL distractions
You need to take this one seriously if you want it to work. Whether you need to spend an hour crunching numbers on a spreadsheet, writing a kick-ass content piece or creating an epic masterpiece on photoshop … you need to make sure it is the only thing in sight.
- The ‘do not disturb’ function on your phone or even putting your phone on airplane mode is a great hack to consider using here.
- Do you really need 10 tabs open on your internet browser? No. One web page leads to the next and so on, so unless they’re project-based websites – use them or lose them!
- If there is one task that you’re not looking forward to doing today, make it the first to tackle in the AM. We call this, the “kiss the frog” method. As soon as you get to tick the one task that you have been “dreading”, the energy you get from conquering that task is going to fuel you to smashing the rest of your day. Trust us.
- Unless you’re the Managing Director or you’re waiting on a particularly important email – your email app (along with its pesky desktop notifications) can be closed until your task is complete.
Know your ‘peak’
Are you an early-bird-catches-the-worm kind of hustler? Or a night owl? Maybe you’ve proved science wrong and kick the dreaded 3pm slump in its sugar-craving butt! Whatever it is that gets you ticking off tasks like no tomorrow (AKA your PEAK) – capitalise on it.
It may be a good idea to revisit a particular project you’re finding difficult at your ‘peak’ time – maybe the placebo effect will take place and it will turn a mountain into a molehill.
Ask yourself this one question
We use this one question over and over again. Why? Because it works. “Am I currently making the best possible use of my time?”
This question is absolute GOLD for boosting your productivity. It puts what you’re doing smack bang in the middle over your ‘overall picture’ and forces you to evaluate it. Don’t believe us? Try it.
There is literally no point in taking on the role of an accountant, social media manager, marketer, customer service representative and Founder all at once. In fact, doing so would be a sure-fire way to run yourself straight into burn-out. Solution? OUTSOURCE.
This leaves you more room to work on the aspects of your business that are your strengths, and allows all aspects of your business to THRIVE.
Learn to say ‘no’
Last but not least and following on from outsourcing, is the art of learning to say ‘no’. You can’t do everything, and while that 10th project looks REALLY interesting and you would just LOVE to add it to your portfolio … remember quality work will always trump quantity. Let the client know in a respectful way, that unfortunately, you are booked. However, your next opening is “XYZ”. It will give you the wiggle room you need to ensure your existing projects are 150% but also convey to your prospective client that: “hey, this person is in demand.”.
So there you have it – our top 5 tips to boost your productivity. Honestly, take things one step at a time and remember – if you’ve identified that you’re procrastinating then you are already halfway to solving the issue!