Being online, there are so many distractions out there, that slows down our work. Specially, if you are a busy person, you need to have a strategy to get more work done in less time. It should be a combination of smart-work and hard-work. That includes delegating your work, making most out of your time, removing all distraction and many more. I have already shared some of the techniques which I use to stay productive.
- Also read: Time saving apps for busy bloggers
There are hell lot of distractions online that will kill your precious time. Here I will share few more tips, that I started using recently, and it’s helping me to make most out of my time. After applying many of these tips, I could spend more time on other stuff, which I used to ignore earlier. I started setting priorities for work, maintain a To-do list and many other small life hacks, which is helping me to stay more productive.
Few life hacks to get more work done in less time
Don’t open Facebook/Email first thing in the morning
When ever I look at my browsing habits, I realize I spend quite a time on Facebook, and Email is the first thing I check in the morning. Honestly, this is a bad approach from my end, and now I try to keep myself away from Facebook as much as I could. For emails, I have dedicated time for checking and replying to Emails. I also take help of other inbox to get rid of wanted Emails. Facebook is one of the most addictive sites that’s killing most bloggers productive time, agree?
How can you make use of Facebook then?
First off, try to make Facebook work for you, not against you! Don’t let Facebook suck your precious time that can be spent on creating great content.
Never open Facebook first thing in the morning, first focus on what you want to do on your blogs. Then start working on them without over thinking. This may seems to be tough in the beginning, it would be almost impossible for you if you’re a Facebook addict – but try, try this until you succeed. Certainly you’ll notice the better results on your blog. When you are using Facebook, use it for connecting with people. If you are using your Facebook profile as a Social media front, make sure you post one update a day. Don’t forget to activate Facebook subscription option.
- How to deactivate Facebook for killing Facebook addiction
- How to block Facebook on personal computer
Use Pomodoro technique
Pomodoro is a technique that can help to get more things done in less time. You’ll be more productive when you follow pomodoro tool. Here’s the summary about pomodoro technique
- Set time for 25 mins
- Focus on ONE task
- Finish at least 3 pomodoros per day
- You can download pomodoro timer here.
The key factor behind making pomodoro work for you is, don’t give up. It might be difficult to use in the beginning, but you’ll work more faster, better and productive after using Pomodoro for several times.
- Read: 9 free Promodoro Timers
Learn to write faster blog posts
Writing faster yet better blog posts is always be an asset for any blogger. If you want to be a productive blogger, then you must be learning how to write faster blog posts. Because, you’ll be spending more time on creating contents on your blog to make it a success, right? So, there’s no excuse, if you can’t produce great blog posts in less time. Writing faster blog posts is not a skill, but it becomes easy when you’ve a habit of writing daily – that’s the only secret.
Here are two more ways to write faster blog posts almost every time.
- Use zenwriter: This is the distraction free writing tools which can be download for free and help you write faster blog posts without getting distracted. Though I use a local WordPress installation for writing blog post, but many top bloggers are using Zenwriter, and I heard great recommendation for this software. It comes with a pleasant background and soothing music, creates a great environment for you to write without having any distractions or noise. Try this out, you’ll surely love zenwriter. Windows users can use Windows Live writer, or you can also use WordPress distraction free writing mode.
- Don’t edit while writing:This is another tip that will make you write faster blog posts every time. Most bloggers often edit their contents to make their posts perfect. I’m not suggesting you to don’t edit at all, but make sure you’re focusing on WRITING part first.
Editing and proof-reading can be done later, once you finish writing your blog posts, you can go ahead with editing part. This way you’ve two benefits, one is, you’ll be writing without any distractions of editing, other is, you’ll be spending time ONLY on editing part once you finished writing the post!
Make sure your working space is clean and uncluttered
Working place matters a lot if you’re working from home. You must keep your working desk clean and uncluttered, follow some basic ethics like not bringing snacks on your table etc. The more simple your working space is the more productive you become, it’s as simple as that. If you want to make most of your working space, invest some money on bringing a better table where you can sit without any troubles, make sure your ergonomics are perfect while spending your time on computer.
Create todo lists each day before you sleep
Todo lists work fantastic if you want to spend productive time online. Because, todo lists give you clear directions of what to do in the particular day, so your mind always keeps alarming you about your todo lists. Earlier I used to use GMail to-do list, but now I started using Wunderlist, which works on Mac and iOS. It syncs all the data, and help me manage my work in much better way.
How can you create better to-do lists?
Though I use app, one can always start with a pen and paper. Think on paper. Before creating your to-do lists, write what you want to achieve in a paper. This way there will be no disturbance for you to create and organize your to-do lists. Make sure you’re not putting so many tasks in your to-do lists. The lesser tasks on your to-do lists, the better you can achieve them all. Limit your to-do lists to 3 to 4 most important tasks. And start working on them one after the other, begin with your most important task in the hand. This way you’ll be able to do more things in less time.
These are some of the many tips that I follow, and it helps me to get more work done in lesser time. I know being online, it’s hard to stay away from multi-tasking, but if you are serious about your work, and like me believe in “Time is money“, you should start dividing your time properly. It may be little difficult for you to adjust at one go, but with practice it will be very helpful.
Another thing which I started doing recently is, I stopped working in the night-time. I get up at 7-8 in the morning, and sleep by 11. This helped me a lot to maintain a perfect balance between my personal and social life. More over, I don’t feel like an alien, when working at strange hours. Selecting your idle sleeping time is your call, but if you want to save your time and health at the same time, it’s a good idea to start brining change from today. I also recommend to start doing Yoga or meditation, as it helps you to keep your mind stringer. I talked about this earlier “How to transform your life today“.
Go ahead, try few of the above tips and let me know if it helped you to become a better person and a blogger or not. If you find this article useful, do consider sharing it on Facebook and Google plus.