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Are you scheduling your day for maximum productivity?
Or finding yourself scrambling to get things done at the end of the week?
When I decided to work from home I thought that meant I could work when I wanted, make money without really trying and get everything done in just a few hours.
It was a reality check when I realized that just wasn't the case.
While I do have more flexibility in my hours, I found myself often getting distracted or mindlessly watching T.V or scrolling through social media and by the end of the day I felt I had got nothing done.
I found myself asking, “how do I schedule my day for maximum productivity?”
The answer, or so I thought, was to write myself a work schedule.
I scheduled my day to a “T” and put my enormous list of business “to do's” in a crisp new bullet journal and thought all my problems and idle time spent scrolling on social media or watching T.V would just wash away.
But it didn't work.
I still found myself getting distracted, I still felt as though I had got nothing done by the end of the day and my business wasn't working the way I thought it would.
I hate strict schedules! Who's with me??
I want to let you in on a little secret.
I hate schedules. I really really hate them.
I feel so constricted and when life happened or I had to be flexible with my work schedule, I felt awful and became extremely frustrated.
Not only that, frankly, schedules have never really worked for me but I thought I'd give it a go anyway.
There had to be a better way right?
There have to be other people in the world that can't stick to a nicely written out hour by hour schedule.
I was writing out this giant list of business tasks that needed to be done but I was only getting two to three things done on that list.
Instead of writing multiple daily tasks, write one or two.
Then I found it.
What if I only wrote one to two things down that needed to be done for my business.
And these one to two things would be the things would make the rest of my list either not needed or make those tasks easier!
These one to two tasks would be the most important tasks for my business and I was finding it was much easier to get these tasks done!
See, when you give yourself a giant list of ten or more tasks to do, it becomes overwhelming.
We may lose sleep just to get these tasks done.
We may not do these tasks to our full ability because we have five other tasks starting at us and we just need to “get it done”.
And that's when things in our business start to slip.
We're not giving the best possible quality and value we can because we're spread too thin.
How do you schedule your day for maximum productivity?
How do you find these magical one to two tasks that will help your business flourish?
I know, it sounds odd to only be doing one or two tasks but hear me out.
You need to pick the focus of your business.
This forces you to really look at what needs work, which can be difficult when we're so close to our business's and think everyone will love what we have to offer.
But we all have something we need to work on, put more focus on.
That's what this list forces you to do.
Take a look at your business and really think about your number one priority.
The thing that will make the rest of your business run smoothly or will at least make other smaller tasks much easier.
Do you struggle with marketing your products?
Do you need to build an email list?
Do you need to focus on creating content for your business?
Now that you have the broad idea of what needs to be focused on, it's time to figure out what needs to be done to achieve that goal.
If it's building an email list, make creating freemiums or lead magnets one of your big tasks for the day.
I always thought I had to schedule my entire week.
But like I said, life happens as it tends to do and our schedule needs to change and because we work from home, we have that flexibility.
But when I scheduled out my entire week, I found myself feeling frustrated if I wasn't able to stick exactly to that schedule.
And again, lost sleep trying to stay on the schedule and so on.
It was just a vicious cycle and as you can tell, schedules and I just don't get along!
So the solution was simple, I knew I had to prioritize one or two tasks but instead of doing this for the entire week, I wrote down my two most important business tasks the night before!
This helped me feel more flexible and I was still able to get the tasks done that I needed to get done!
For me, this was a game changer and drastically helped me get things done in my business that I had put on the back burner for so long.
Look, at the end of the day, it's simple, prioritize one or two tasks that are needed to keep your business up and running smoothing.
This will not only leave you feeling extremely productive but it will be incredible for your business and you will get the tasks done that really matter!
How do you schedule your day?
Do you feel overwhelmed or like you had a productive day at the end of each day?
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