You know how it is.
You have a million things to do.
Your inbox is filling up, and every time you get rid of one email, another five come in.
You have several pressing decisions to make, and you forgot you said yes to helping a friend out with something.
What’s to do?!
I feel your pain.
I’m in productivity mode for two reasons. First of all, I’m doing ‘NaNoWriMo‘, a project that many people do in November where you try to write fifty thousand words of a novel in a month (here are 5 Productivity Tips for Writers from the wonderful Creative Penn if you’re doing it too!). This is on top of my usual crazy schedule.
Yep, I forgot the rule of ‘when you say yes to something new, you have to say no to something you’re already doing.’ (There’s an important productivity tip right there!)
The other reason I’m reminded of the importance of productivity right now is that I was featured on the lovely blog Always Well Within‘s Autumn round up with my post: How You Can Create Inbox Zero, No Matter How Many Emails In Your Inbox.
I thought it might be a good time to share some of my previous posts around productivity and getting things done.
Because one way to be self-compassionate is to get the hard things off your list – here are 7 tips on how – or to just make the decision that’s hanging over you (here’s how to make stress-free decisions).
I’m also a big list-maker. There’s no question they’re a big part of my productivity. Here are 6 Top Tips On Using Lists to Create a Simpler, More Productive Life.
Productivity Around The Web
I’ve joined Niall Doherty (of the awesome post ‘69 Tips for Superhuman Productivity‘)’s Facebook group Productivity 365, which has had tips on everything from the most productive breakfast advice to managing the glut of social media we all ensure (and love).
Here are some tips On Avoiding Distraction from one of my favourite websites, The Book of Life. It’s definitely not your usual productivity advice!
You might also want to track what you’re doing (‘what gets measured, gets managed, after all!). Check out The 15 Best Time Management Apps for 2017 from Time Doctor, for plenty of tech help for productivity.
I’m interested in trying out this article from Entrepreneuer on Time Blocking. One strategy that has worked for me in the past is dedicating a day to one thing, like writing fiction, or the blog. Typically I tend to jump around from micro task to micro task, which I’m not sure works as well.
If you’re more of a visual person, here are 9 Productivity Infographics. I liked the sleep one in particular – this is such a critical basic for me, that it should be the foundation of any productivity hacking.
On another note (geddit?!) here’s how to create a productivity playlist that will enhance your productivity even more, whatever task you’re working on.
Finally, if that’s all a bit exhausting for you right now, try these Two Useful Principles to Use When the Usual Productivity Advice Fails You. They’re what I got back to when I’m in the middle of overwhelm.
How do you stay productive when you have a lot on? I’d love for you to share a tip in the comments!