Being as productive as possible is kind of a necessity when you have little kiddos running around. Looking for a few tips and tricks to boost your productivity? Looking to make the most of the precious time you have to be creative? Look no further!
I used to have the hardest time getting focused and being productive. When I sat down to start working on my writing or other creative projects, I would get distracted easily and start doing other tasks “really quickly.” I found myself everything from doing my monthly budget to checking Facebook to cleaning something up in the kitchen to brushing my dog to checking Pinterest and then meal planning for the next year, etc. You know the drill.
So here’s the deal. Productivity has one true enemy: distraction.
If you want to be productive, you need to do everything you can to limit and then remove distraction so that nothing is standing in your way! For me, these three things have completely transformed my workflow and increased my productivity exponentially.
First: Get Rid of Notifications
This sounds almost too simple, but it has revolutionized my ability to be productive. Even better, it helps me be more present when I’m with my son, on a date with my husband, or out with friends.
I can hear you now… “But what if I miss something??”
Here’s the deal. You won’t. You can still check whatever you want to check whenever you want to check it, but you won’t waste time with a million notifications going off constantly!
If you have an iPhone, here’s how to turn off notifications (if you have an android, a quick google search will help you out!):
- Go into your Settings
- Select “Notifications”
- Go through your apps and select each one
- Simply turn them off so that they look like the picture below
That’s it for your cellphone! Now let’s keep going! Then you’ll need to go into your Facebook, email and all other products that deliver notifications to your desktop and turn those off too.
SECOND: Consider Your Physical Space
This may sound like a no brainer, but it’s incredible how much our space influences our ability to be productive. You need to really think about what work conditions are best for you personally and make that happen. Can you only get work done in a loud coffee shop? Schedule time to go there. Do you need a dedicated work space? Take time to set it up so that you can step into your “office” or transition your space easily. Need silence? Try the library!
You’ll be shocked how much more you can accomplish when you’re in an environment that allows you to focus.
THIRD: Completely Remove All Other Temptations
If the internet is a powerful distraction for you, I have good news: you’re a human! And more good news? There’s a website aptly named Self Control and it allows you to whitelist a list of websites and blocks everything else for the amount of time you need to be working. I use it all of the time when I need to write or do other tasks that I would rather avoid (like taxes.)
If you can’t be productive around your kids, don’t be afraid to get a babysitter or even do daycare/a mom’s day out program when needed. Knowing your time to be child-free and productive is limited (and you’re paying for it!) can actually be a huge motivator to be productive!
Still need help finding ways to help boost your creative work time as a mom? Check out the free download for “Rediscovering Your Passion: A Practical 10 Day Guide for Creative Moms” for help!
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