Sunday, 21 February 2016

Being More Productive

Being self-employed, it's pretty easy to have lazy, slow days. Wake up in the morning, spend a couple hours on your social media accounts, watch This Morning, have a late lunch.. Suddenly half your day is gone and you've achieved nothing. Now my free time is even more precious, I thought I'd share how I make sure my day is the most productive it can be.

Make a Morning Routine
I really believe how you start your morning has a direct effect on the rest of your day. A slow, lazy start, lounging in bed checking your twitter feed isn't the greatest start. I personally hop up out of bed as soon as Ada's had her morning feed and settled back down for a nap, make my bed and head down for a coffee or green smoothie. If I stay in bed longer I pretty much always end up falling back to sleep, or wasting my time on Facebook and Twitter.

Get Dressed & Ready For The Day
This is a pretty big one for me. I'm not sure why, but I don't really feel like I'm ready for everything the day brings until I'm dressed, with my hair done or up, and a little bit of make-up on. It's only a bit of concealer and mascara with jeans and a t-shirt, but I feel like I can accomplish anything I need to when I'm dressed, rather than still in last night's pyjamas.

Turn Off Distractions
Distractions come in all different shapes and sizes. For me, it's television or my phone, so I now always work in my office (unless Ada is awake and no-one else is home) and keep my phone at the opposite end of my desk, on silent, so I'm not tempted to see what people are sharing on Instagram that morning (it'll only be yet another snap of eggs and avocado on toast, anyway)

Always Check Your Planner & Make A Priority List
I always write in my main planner what I need to be doing that day, when I want certain blog posts to be posted, if I have a courier collection that day, and what new stock needs to get listed in the shop, and it's one of the first things I look at each day. I then use my weekly planner desk pad and plan my day, in order of what needs to get done first. Make sure you always finish one task before starting the next

Take A Break
It's pretty easy to burnout if you work continuously through the day often, but it's easily done when you work as home alone. Personally, elevenses is my favourite time of the day, just to take a little break with a brew and a couple of biscuits, usually after I've completed one of the things I needed to do that day, and can easily move onto the next when I finish the break. 

How do you ensure you have a productive day?
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