Positivity Plus Motivation Equals Productivity: 5 Tips for Success
Note to Self- Know Thyself to be productive.
I know better: no more afternoon educational webinars. I am way more productive in the earlier part of the day. So as I sit waiting for a 2pm webinar on Search Engine Optimization (SEO) I signed up for, I am kicking myself because my brain just isn’t ready for something that is (to me!) so complicated. Afternoon sessions: productivity killer.
But what did come into my brain was a blog topic, this one. You see, the whole point (and excitement) of my decision to steer clear of corporate and into professional freedom, was to have a stress-free (as much as possible) life. Right?
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So I just came back to writing this after watching an excellent masterclass on SEO and realized quickly it wasn't for me. I am confident it's for others. This is all part of the learning process of being free and unstructured professionally and it's ok. I learned enough to know that I will be reliant on another way to approach SEO and, again, appreciative I jumped on Groove knowing my style and needs. Or at least what I know of them so far.
My 5 tips on maximizing productivity, along with the permission that all of this is OK. My blog is a #NoGuiltZone after all.
- Get in the right mindset- ever have a day where no matter what kind of reorganizing your workspace you do, how strong the coffee is or whatever is on your to-do list you just can’t focus? Then if you can avoid it, don’t “do” it. Do something different. Read a book, listen to a motivational podcast, or go for a run. Cleanse your brain from the clutter and return when you are focused and have clarity. One tip I learned awhile back: set different days aside for different types of things. Mondays and Wednesdays for planning/reviewing the week and simple checklist tasks, Tuesdays and Thursdays for projects and research, Fridays for final follow-ups and ideas/strategy.
- Get in the right atmosphere- whether that means diffusing peppermint and orange oils to invigorate and energize you, setting up your “workspace” with a view, or listening to your favorite music on Spotify, atmosphere can make or break your productivity. And the final product itself. For me the atmosphere is not a given, it depends on what I'm in the mood for but I allow myself to have whatever it is my brain and body crave to get something accomplished. Added in 2023: my Workcation tips!
- Plan your calendar accordingly– block time. I’ve mentioned this many times: batching your work and blocking time! There's value in setting time aside for different things, whether it is personal or professionally-oriented, be fair to yourself, your family, friends and clients.
- Set things aside and come back with clarity– as long as you know the deadline, it is ok to work on things when you are at peak performance; setting things aside is not procrastinating if you are goal-driven and responsible to ensure you meet the deadline.
- Be positive. Sounds easier than it may be. I have had moments of sheer terror thinking I will never be able to earn income through this 4-Hour Workweek lifestyle of professional freedom, owning my time but in the end, they were only moments. Clarity comes from so many directions nowadays. All about positivity: inspirational quotes I see on Pinterest and Instagram (which I'm happy to share if you link up with me), self-care (one of my go-tos is facials at home!), reading books that have nothing to do with real life (mine anyway!), sipping a cozy cup of green tea (recommended for many reasons), picturing a place I love and re-visiting the memories, and most of all, people. I have an amazing community, some were lifelong, some which I met along this journey and some from my corporate life.