We’re all looking for ways to get more done in less time, and as edupreneurs and mompreneurs, our time is even more limited! I have learned strategies over the years of how to be more productive and how to get more done in less time! An essential part of productivity is committing to stick to your plans and decrease distractions. Once you’ve committed to the process, let’s dive in!
Productivity Tip: Prioritize What Needs To Get Done
My favorite strategy for how to be more productive with your time is choosing ONE THING to focus on each day. When we quiet the noise of the hundreds of tasks that we need to get done and hone in on our top priorities, we will be more productive.
Extraordinary things happen when we narrow our focus onto one thing. I recently read the book by Gary Keller called The One Thing. I thought it was kind of cheesy at first. But the more I read, it completely changed my life! One of my favorite quotes is, “Success demands singleness of purpose.”
I share the things that I learned from this book and why you need to shift your focus to the one thing each day in The CEO Teacher Podcast episode: Your One Thing. I recommend listening to it and downloading The One Thing Tracker to declutter your planning and streamline your priorities. This is how to be more productive in all areas of life!
How to Be More Productive: Develop Systems and Processes
Systems and Processes are the most crucial part of my business and my life. They help me automize parts of life and business so I can do them with less effort because I have the routines and processes in place OR I can easily share the responsibility with someone else. Having systems and processes in place will help you be more productive at work and home!
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Screen-record your systems and processes and save the videos to revisit when needed! When I keep track of them, I'm more productive with my time, and I don't have to reinvent the wheel when I get into the working zone! I can also easily pass them off to team members.
Batch Working is How to Be More Productive in All Areas of Life
Batch working looks like carving out a few hours to do one task multiple times over. For example, I batch-record my podcast episodes. I schedule all of my podcast interviews and recordings on one day every six weeks or so. When I do this, my brain can focus on one task, instead of jumping around to a bunch of skillsets.
I'll be honest. I'm not too fond of batch working. I used to scoff and scowl when someone told me that batch working was how to be more productive at work and life. I like variety, and doing the same thing over and over for hours isn't my idea of fun. But, I've realized the importance of batch working, and sometimes we have to do what we don't want to do for the sake of productivity.
I recorded a whole podcast episode about how I batch work. You can find it here: Batch Working in the New Year. This has changed the game for so many parts of my business and life. (I do all of my family’s laundry one day each week, not every day.) So, if you are wondering how to get more productive in your business, teaching, and life? Start batch working!
Productivity Tip: Take a Break
Do you ever have those days when you set your self up for success but cannot focus or be creative?! I do too. Sometimes the best answer to how to be productive at work or in your business is to take a break. When you try to force productivity, you don’t get anywhere. Instead of using all of your brainpower to try to be productive when you’re tired or not feeling it, take a break!
When I was in the classroom, I would spend every lunch break and planning period walking laps around the track outside of my school with a podcast or book in my ears. I had many reasons for this, but one of them was to be more productive and a better teacher for my students.
Now, I LOVE going on walks and hikes. My favorite spot is the state park closest to me. Being in nature grounds me, and it helps relieve stress and anxiety so I can be more productive and efficient at work. I also love my Peloton! I am most creative in the morning and right after I get a good workout in.
Knowing these things about myself helps me so much when I need to get things done. If I’m feeling unproductive or unfocused, I’ll go for a walk or hop on my bike. I’ll play with my boys or work in my garden. When I take that break, I will come back to my work with a positive attitude, ready to be productive! If you’re feeling stressed, unproductive, or distracted, take a break!
What are your favorite ideas for how to be productive? Which of these productivity tips do you plan to implement first? I would love for you to share in a comment, or tag me in your InstaStories @kaysemorris. Let’s keep each other motivated and organized as we work towards getting more done in less time!