As we spring forward, I think it’s important to reset and refresh. Discovering more productive ways to work can help us do just that.
Recently, I had a chat with Alyssa Coleman on my podcast. She’s a Productivity Strategist for creative entrepreneurs, and she’s an entrepreneur herself! It was so great to connect and hear her story. Also, I learned a lot about productivity from our conversation.
Below I have summarized some tips from the show that can help all of us create more productive days and achieve our goals…
Reframe your view of productivity. You don’t have to be super busy to be productive. You also don’t have to take part in “hustle culture.” Alyssa describes productivity as simply making as much impact as you can in the shortest amount of time.
Set a schedule that works for you. If you’re a morning person, then plan to work on large tasks in the morning. If you get your best ideas on walks, then prioritize time for a stroll in your schedule.
Alyssa says it’s important to discover your natural rhythm and when you are most productive or creative. You’re in charge of your schedule, so make it work for you.
Create daily non-negotiables. Alyssa has her own list which you can find here. Essentially, these are things that you do every day to work towards what you want. They keep you accountable and productive!
Understand what holds you back. If you’re procrastinating, ask yourself why and get to the root of the problem. Sure, you could just “power through,” but will that really help you the next time this holds you back? It’s easier to sort things out right away. Also, it feels a whole lot better.
Make goals and plan for them. Alyssa says she loves to reverse-engineer her schedule. Figure out what you want to accomplish in a month, and then plan little tasks for each day to help you reach that goal!
Experiment, yet focus. Admittedly, I enjoy trying a lot of different things. In fact, experimenting is kind of how I started blogging! I’ve found that you have to try things out to see what sticks. It helps you to discover what you enjoy and what you don’t.
Yet, it is important to experiment strategically. You have to focus on the things you want to nurture and grow. We can’t do absolutely everything, and we don’t have to.
What tip will you put into action? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments or on Instagram. Let’s chat!