This is probably one of the hardest goals for anyone. You wake up every morning with a to-do list a mile long, and you’ll find that you quickly stray from it. Every day you promise yourself that it will be different, but you get sucked into the social media nightmare or you fall into the youtube hole. I’m going to give you my 3 tips for avoiding this and other time sucks.
1. Plan out your day
It’s important to know what you want your day to look like. This is especially important if you work in a non-traditional setting. You have to set your own clock. This doesn’t mean you have to start at 8AM like the rest of the world, but you should stick to some what of a schedule. You want to work 9-5 or 8-4? You can do it. You just have to know that each day you’ll start at that time with breaks every 2-4 hours. You don’t want to strain your eyes staring at your computer screen for too long. One big hint I got about helping to protect against this is to get up every 2-4 hours and stare at the farthest point you can see so that you refocus.
2. Set a time limit for things like social media and youtube
Yes, it’s important to check in with social media if you are a blogger/small business owner, but you don’t want to get lost in it either. You need to spend the majority of your time making content for your blog or new or improving old products for your business. Set out a certain time periods during the day when you will check out social media and set a time limit. I find e.ggtimer.com to be a HUGE help. Check in on things that are relevant to your business on youtube. You obviously need to keep up with the latest trends so be sure to check out videos from those relevant sources. Of course if you’re like me then you’ll be productive with youtube playing in the background while you work. If not then be sure to save it for those time periods when you can time it out.
3. If something isn’t working move on
I mean this is earnest. If something isn’t working for you, you need to move on and come back to it later. You’ll only get more frustrated and less productive the longer you try to mull over it. This isn’t helpful to your day. If you walk away from it, you will be surprised at the ideas that will come to help solve the problem you were facing as you attack another item on your to-do list. Use your time wisely and not just to beat your head against the wall.