Sometimes it seems like I have an endless to-do list. Appointments for my kids, my grandparents and myself. Blog posts to write. Chores. Dinner. I can go on and on. I’m sure you can too. Do you ever feel like despite how many things you cross off your to-do list, you still aren’t productive? Do you lie in bed thinking about everything that didn’t get done and now has to be pushed back until tomorrow? Productivity is defined as: the effectiveness of productive effort. Whatever. Productivity to me–Did I get done what needed to be done TODAY?!
I was super excited to read The Productivity Project by Chris Bailey. The book really helped me put my goals into perspective and find out which tasks I should spend the most time because they will produce the greatest results.
For example, I love blogging but, being on the internet can be a huge time sucker for me. I can spend hours online and feel like I’ve accomplished nothing.
After taking Chris Bailey’s advice I focused on the 3 major tasks that would give me the most bang for my buck when it comes to blogging. Want to know what they are? Of course you do!
To be the most productive in regards to this blog I need to focus on these 3 things:
Writing posts. The gives you new content to read, love and share. Right?!
Learning as much as a I can about blogging. I am still very much a newbie. I have been blogging for 7 months now. The first 2 months of blog were spent on taking courses and trying to figure this whole thing out.
I really did learn a lot from The Productivity Project and want to share the best tips in the book.
Tips to Increase Productivity
- Give yourself fake deadlines. This will motivate you to work harder in a shorter amount of time.
- Do a brain dump. Get out a pen and paper and write down every single task and duty you are responsible for. Appointments you haven’t made. Cleaning that needs to be started. Maintenance on your vehicles. Everything. You’ll be amazed at how many things are in your brain! Get them on paper so you can give them a plan.
- Re-evaluate your cleaning schedule. I had a cleaning schedule where I would do a few tasks each day. When they didn’t get done I would feel like a failure. My cleaning schedule just wasn’t working for me. When you read this book you’ll see that Chris Bailey has a “Maintenance Day” this is the day he does his cleaning. This actually worked for me. I do my major cleaning on Fridays, it takes up about 2-3 hours depending on how slow or fast I’m moving. That’s it, 2-3 hours and my house is clean. I love it. During the week my cleaning plan consists of keeping the kitchen and living room presentable. Actually the living room is my son’s job, so I don’t bother. I feel so much less stress because I know my house is clean, toilets are scrubbed, and all I have to keep up with during the week is the kitchen.
- Limit your time on social media. This was HUGE for me.
There really are so many great ideas and tips for productivity in The Productivity Project. This would be a great read for bloggers, small business owners, high-school or college students or busy moms. You can check out more cool books at Blogging For Books.
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