Ever feel like your calendar gets the very best of you? Or like your left alone swimming in a list of to-do's a thousand miles long?
Been there. Done that. Have the t-shirt.
The good news? It doesn't have to be that way. It really is possible to feel like a total productivity master with a few simple tweaks.
If to-do lists are your thing:
- Write down everything that you want or need to get done each day (or week).
- Select 1-3 things from that list that are your absolute priorities. Meaning, if you get nothing else done, this needs to get done.
- If you're having trouble selecting the top priority because everything feels like a priority, try writing them all on pieces of paper and choosing 1-3 from a hat at random.
- If you get everything done, go back to your list and repeat.
If you live and die by your calendar:
- Schedule in time to do the things you need to do, including lunch breaks and self-care items (like massages, manicures, or walks).
- Consider having themes for your days (or mornings) like Marketing Monday's, Social Media Tuesdays, Newsletter Wednesdays, Email Clean-out Thursdays, and Free-for-all Fridays.
- Make sure to honor your time. If you want to have client sessions at a specific time every week, but then schedule a million other things during that time slot instead, you're never going to reach your goal.
If you struggle to start because your workspace is cluttered:
- Set a timer for 10-15 minutes each day and clean! You could start with a corner of your desk, clearing out your computer desktop and filing everything away, or throwing away all old items on your bulletin board.
- Identify what tools—filing system, shelving units, bookshelves, etc.—would help you get more organized.
- Hire a professional. Sometimes we need a bit of help to get unburied from a mess. There is no shame in getting help and tackling it together.
You may have to try a few techniques or tweaks to find what works best for you. And that's okay. In fact, it's encouraged. At the end of the day, it's really about making progress towards your goals and less about being a slave to your calendar or to-do list.
Now it's your turn!
What are your favorite way to stay organized?
We'd love to hear your favorite tips, tricks, and organizational tools in the comments below.
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