Productivity

7 Strategies to Increase Your Productivity – Newsweek

Summary

In a world of what seems like never-ending to-do lists, most of us are trying to find ways to do more in less time. As a founder of several ventures, mom, author, coach/consultant and trainer, I am often asked how I do it all. It’s not easy to manage many projects while remaining present for my family and friends. Still, some strategies can help increase productivity while you embrace the freedom of self-care, spend time with family and friends and, sometimes, do nothing. However, that freedo…….

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In a world of what seems like never-ending to-do lists, most of us are trying to find ways to do more in less time. As a founder of several ventures, mom, author, coach/consultant and trainer, I am often asked how I do it all. It’s not easy to manage many projects while remaining present for my family and friends. Still, some strategies can help increase productivity while you embrace the freedom of self-care, spend time with family and friends and, sometimes, do nothing. However, that freedom doesn’t feel free when we return to a list that has grown since we were away. I know what this feels like. But I also know what it feels like to increase my productivity to enjoy my free time. Here are my tips.

1. Keep your house and workspace clean.

Some of us prefer to work in organized chaos, but in my experience, that isn’t as helpful as you may have led yourself to believe. Having a clean and decluttered environment allows thoughts to flow more freely. If you don’t have time to clean, consider hiring someone to clean for you once a week or twice a month. You may find that the service isn’t as expensive as you think, and it’s one more thing you can cross off your to-do list while enjoying the luxury of operating in a clean environment.

2. Exercise.

I will not belabor the health benefits of working out, but I will add that working out helps clear your mind and allows new thoughts and ideas to enter. I love taking a 30-minute walk or run in the mornings. The fresh air fills my lungs and allows me time away from answering the phone or checking messages. Some days, I listen to music or a book; other days, I listen to myself. You may prefer a gym, yoga studio or other location. Regardless of where you choose to exercise, give yourself a chance to clear your mind at least three times a week.

3. Journal.

This isn’t a sappy, emotional journal (although there is nothing wrong with those) but a space for you to keep all your ideas. I have notebooks all over my house. I have a life goals notebook with my big ideas, a project journal where I map out how to get the idea from thought to reality, a writing prompts journal with all the articles and books I want to write, and a daily/weekly to-do journal to keep my current projects in front of me. You may prefer to keep these lists electronically or, like me, you might prefer pen and paper. The important thing is to get all this information out of your head. Sometimes we find ourselves trying to retain so much information that we don’t have room for new information.

4. Invest in your intake.

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Source: https://www.newsweek.com/7-strategies-increase-your-productivity-1642852