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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10 comments

  1. This is super helpful! I just finished uni, waiting a while before I get a job. So I want to invest time into my blog, learning how to drive and a couple other things, but my productivity is at around a level of 0 hahaha! Need to get my stuff together! Thanks x

    Katina | www.katinalindaa.com

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    1. Aaah, good luck with blogging and learning how to drive! Glad you found it helpful :)

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  2. I'm not self employed but I do work from my home office, so these tips are certainly helpful! I've got into the habit of lounging around all day in my pyjamas while I work, but I'm definitely more productive when I get up and dressed bright and early, ready for the day! A strong coffee helps a lot, too!

    Grace | eat, write + explore x

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    1. Yep, it's definitely hard work always finding the energy to be as productive as possible at home, glad you found it helpful!

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  3. Loved this post! It's always nice to have a peek at how other self employed people get their day started. My routine is very similar (although I don't have a child so I'm sure it's a little easier ;). Thanks for sharing!
    Xx
    Abby

    Tutusandpearls.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Abby, I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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  4. My Kate Spade planner is looking pretty rough already, and we're only at the end of February haha. But I do SWEAR by having a close relationship with your planner. It's essential for looking forward, as well as looking back. I agree on not lounging around in the morning. When I get up, I like to get cracking and out the door. I think working from home would make that a bit more challenging, so I commend you for sticking to a routine!

    xoxo - Kelly
    www.dreaminlace.com

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    1. Haha, mine is the same, I've tried SO hard to keep it neat and tidy too!

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  5. I'm TERRIBLE when I work from home. It takes me to at lunchtime to get dressed/have breakfast and then I spend too long browsing online. You have my full admiration and I'm SO going to keep these points in mind and sort myself out :)

    Gillian  xx  EyelinerFlicks.com

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    1. Haha, awwwh no! I'm not perfect and I do have the occasional day where I spend my make-believe millions online, but I've got to get my work done eventually!

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