Guest post by Ebonee
Recently featured on this blog were some tools that help keep your business organized that allow you to stay focused. To further the conversation, let’s discuss a few tried and true techniques that, when used alongside these tools, will increase your productivity.
Have Purposeful Space
Several studies have shown that our surroundings have a huge effect on our work habits and productivity. Try setting aside a specific workspace that is an optimal environment for keeping you focused. You can consider decluttering your desk, surrounding yourself with calming inspiration like art or music, and only having essential items nearby.
Make the Time
Even though our schedules can be full to the brim with daily tasks and errands to run, do yourself a favor and regularly set aside some time where you can focus on one thing. Scheduling time blocks for the most important things is a great way to be proactive and increase your productivity. Be sure to have this time be as focused as possible. For example, rather than blocking an entire afternoon for “writing articles”, schedule a half hour for brainstorming, a half hour for outlining, and two hours for writing. Don’t be afraid to schedule a little time for yourself as well. Perhaps you can finally finish that book you started or go outside and enjoy the weather.
There’s definitely technology that can boost our productivity, but there’s also technology that causes us to waste hours at a time. Our phones, Internet, and social media are a few of the biggest productivity hindrances out there. People getting distracted by Facebook alone has been attributed to a loss of $28 billion a year in workplace productivity. This is where only having the essential items in your workspace comes into play. Try using “do not disturb” functions for your phone or email, and you could even go all in on blocking certain websites that may distract you. There are even gadgets now, like this surround wifi system, that can do everything from blocking certain sites, to pausing the Internet.
Set Boundaries During Work Hours
For any of you that work in a busy office or work from home, it can be incredibly easy to get pulled in different directions, all of which are away from your work. Whether it’s your coworkers asking you to tag along for lunch, or that laundry list of things to get done around the house, it’s important to prioritize work during work hours. Scheduling time blocks, like the ones mentioned earlier, will help immensely. Try setting aside a few hours of work, and then a little bit of time to do something for yourself.
Today’s guest blog post is courtesy of Ebonee,a freelance writer committed to researching and helping others increase their own productivity, mainly through the help of new technology.