If there's ONE thing that drives me over the top bonkers, it's when I 'm disorganized and feel like I'm wasting time!
Yes, wasted time makes me sad.
Very, VERY sad.
And as an online business owner who would ALSO like to maintain a life OUTSIDE of work, I'm always looking to discover how I can maximize my results and utilize my time with as little effort as possible!
And not only that …
But as someone who ran my own businesses full-time as a one woman show for nearly 10 years, figuring out how to be as organized and efficient as possible wasn’t just important if I wanted to grow, it was a necessity.
Yep … for 10 years I had NO team, just me.
Well, AND my cat Mr. Purrie, but he's not very helpful.
(But don't tell him that!)
I’ve learned a LOT when it comes to figuring out how the heck to get it all done, and as someone who also naturally geeks out on all things planning and productivity, I’ve made this a TOP priority over the years!
So today I wanna share 10 tips that you can implement STAT to get more done in less time so that you can get better results in your biz. WOO!
1. CREATE A MORNING ROUTINE AND MAKE IT NON-NEGOTIABLE.
I gotta say: I have a morning routine and when I don’t do it, I definitely feel very “off!” 😂
Having a morning routine that makes you feel good both mentally AND physically is SUPER important for getting off on the right foot and setting the tone for the rest of your day!
Because when you start your morning on the RIGHT foot and you're feel'in GOOD, then you're going to be able to focus better and to be MORE productive!
(It's kinda hard to focus and be productive when you're feeling like a frazzled hot mess, right? Right!)
I do the above mentioned routine almost every single morning and it makes me feel a-MAZING and it also allows me to consistently put out my BEST work.
Because when you FEEL really freak’in good, you can perform at your best! 😊
Yeah it's true, SOME days I might not get in my full morning routine (like if I have a plane to catch at the butt crack of dawn or if it's the weekend and I am taking the day off,) but I almost always stick to my morning routine every single day.
2. USE A PLANNER.
Oh man, I'd be SO lost without my Blog + Life Planner!
I'm now in the 11th year of running my own business full-time (DANG has it really been that long?!) and I've learned that using a planner to schedule out tasks ahead of time, prioritize, write down all of my to-do's etc. is absolutely essential for getting things done.
(And also for maintaining my sanity!)
Have I mentioned that using a planner is absolutely essential yet? 😛
(Yep, that's one of the planners I designed specifically for online business owners!
The key to using a planner successfully (even if you don't consider yourself a "planner person") is to figure out whether you prefer digital or tangible planners.
I love to use Trello (which is a digital project management system) as my central business hub in addition to using my own bullet journal so that I can DOODLE!
I recently started bullet journaling and I LOVE IT!!!
3. BLOCK OUT YOUR TIME.
Breaking down my work days into chunks of time really helps me to get a lot done and to focus on the task at hand!!
For example, a typical workday for me might look like this:
8:00am - 9:00am "Me" time
9am - 12pm Main creative project (I only work on ONE main project per week)
12pm - 12:30pm Lunch
12:30pm - 2:30pm Continue work on main project
2:30pm - 4:30pm Miscellaneous business tasks & make to-do list for next day
4:30pm - 5:30pm Running
I get super focused during these particular time chunks and only work on the designated thing that I'm supposed to work on during that time.
Absolutely NO multi-tasking!!!
Did you know that there's an actual thing called "context switching?" Basically, you lose something like 40% of your time every time that you switch tasks because your brain has to spend time getting re-focused EVERY time you switch!
So don't do it.
Yes, I'm bossy.
4. GET YOUR SWEAT ON!
I probably don't even need to say this, but it's scientifically PROVEN that working-out boosts your mood, brain and your ability to focus.
And the more focused you are, the more productive you are.
AND bonus points because it also relieves stress and is a wonderful break from the daily grind! (Because sitting in the same position all day = BAD for your body.)
AND it boosts confidence.
In fact, there's a million reasons why you should incorporate at least 20 minutes of exercise into your daily routine and boosting your productivity is one of them.
There are a million reasons why it's good so just DO IT!!!! 😛
Find a form of exercise that you actually enjoy.
Or I'll send my kitty Mr. Purrie to come after you. :P
5. HAVE A CLEAN, ORGANIZED WORKSPACE.
Trying to get work done in a disorganized, cluttered space stresses me out like woah.
Having a clean, simplified workspace REALLY helps you focus!
(And I've already mentioned how FOCUS leads to productivity. Right? Right!)
Aaaaand you know what's one step better than having a workspace that is just clean and organized?
Having a workspace that also inspires you!!!!
(Psssst, I've got an entire board on Pinterest dedicated to creative work spaces if you need some inspiration!)
Here's a peek at my own colorful workspace:
I’ve got a workspace that is clean, organized and looks REAL dang good, and it consistently motivates me to get MORE done and inspires me to focus!
6. SCHEDULE LESS, SAY "NO" MORE.
If you're constantly scheduling more than you can handle, then you're always going to feel rushed and behind. And then when you DON'T get everything done?
You might feel kinda crappy, too. And that's no good now is it?!
Schedule LESS and get MORE done.
Also, learn to say "NO." If you're not setting boundaries than eventually your sanity will go out the window!
If something is not in line with your main goals, then just say no.
For example, I will not say "yes" to anything that I either a.) don't have time for and b.) isn't in line with moving me towards my main business goals.
Speaking of LESS, if you’d like to learn how to do LESS so that you can grow your business MORE, then you should totally check out the post linked below. 😊
(Yes I always laugh at my coffee mug, why do you ask?)
7. SET UP E-MAIL RULES TO KEEP YOUR SANITY.
Seriously. Do it.
Consistently checking your email throughout the day is one of the BIGGEST ways to derail your focus and productivity!
Guess how often I check my email?
Twice a week. That's it.
(Yes, you read that right!) :P
Unless I am expecting a time-sensitive email, then I literally just check it twice a week for a max of 30 minutes each time. I log in, respond to as many emails as quickly as I can for 30 minutes, and then log out and be done with it.
I don't keep my e-mail tab open on my computer and I don't get notifications on my phone or desktop. BEST BUSINESS DECISION EVER!!!!
Well, one of them anyway.
So schedule time to check your email and then turn off ALL notifications for it.
8. OVERESTIMATE YOUR TIME.
I can be a bit of a perfectionist.
Some times, I can be a little slow in my work because I want to get it done perfectly, dag nabbit!
(Although I’ve honestly gotten WAY better about this because I don’t want to use my perfectionism as an excuse to not get things done. My new motto is “70% perfect is perfect!”)
But there’s that, plus unexpected things happen.
So that's why you should put a little extra cushion into your schedule to allow for these types of things.
For example, if you're scheduling yourself to drive some where that's 15 minutes away, give yourself 25 minutes. Traffic happens. Getting lost happens. Getting tickets happen.
(That last one totally happened to me last week, ugh!!! Ehem.)
If you’re not giving yourself enough time to ACTUALLY get things done, then you’re always going to feel behind and frazzled which is NO good for being productive.
So. Add in a little extra padding, baby!
(Yes that’s my kitty Mr. Purrie, incase you were wondering!)
9. STOP MULTI-TASKING.
Seriously, stop it.
I know I already mentioned it above, but it's worth repeating!
I used to think, if I work on FIVE different things at the same time then that means I'll FINISH five things all at once and get a crap ton done! But guess what?
My focus was so scattered that it took me forever to finish anything, and I usually wouldn't even be happy with it when I was done because it never truly had my full attention for very long in the first place.
Limiting myself to just focusing on ONE main project per week has been such a sanity saver! And guess what? I GET WAY MORE DONE NOW. From start to finish.
Try not multi-tasking for just one week.
Or even a DAY!!!!
I triple dog dare you.
10. CREATE AN ORGANIZED CENTRAL HUB FOR RUNNING YOUR BUSINESS LIKE A WELL-OILED MACHINE.
You know what makes my life SO much easier and better?
(BESIDES coffee and cats, naturally.)
Having an organized, central hub for running my business like a well-oiled machine!
People always ask me, “how the heck do you get everything done? How do you organize your time and prioritize all the things?! Especially as a solo biz boss!”
Wanna know how?
I have effective systems in place for eeeeeeverything: creating my work schedule, prioritizing my tasks, doing customer research, tracking my goals, automating repetitive tasks, running my team, recovering failed payments, organizing ideas + inspiration and so much more.
This allows me to stay focused and to save TONS of time so that I can maximize my results with as little effort as possible!
(Not to mention that I ran my own businesses full-time for almost 10 years as a one-woman-show, so figuring out how to get everything done as effectively and efficiently as possible was a NECESSITY.) 😂
I literally give you the exact copy / paste templates that I use to run my own business so that within just a few short hours, you’ll have your very own organized business hub that’ll let you SUPER charge your productivity!
This is, without a doubt, my most requested course EVER.
And if you’re currently struggling to get it all done or you’re a solo show, then this will legit be a game changer for you. 🎉
I’m so excited to show you exactly how I stay organized , efficient and focused AF so that YOU can run your own business like a well-oiled machine! 👊🏻
Don’t make running your business harder than it needs to be. 😉
So … are you feeling more productive yet?!?
Say yes. Say it out load to the computer screen!
Hopefully you find some of these tips helpful! I know that doing these things have really helped me over the last several years.
What about you, got any tips that have helped YOU get more stuff done? Please share in the comments!
Cheers to getting lots of shiz done!