5 Secrets to Getting More Done

Struggling to get things marked off your to do list. Here are the 5 secrets of getting more doneGetting more done, getting through our to-do lists, getting everything finished is at the top of our lists when it comes to running our businesses. There are a million little things always being added and one more thing we would like to do with our businesses to help ourselves find success.

Some people seem to be able to get everything and more done in a day and you feel like if you get your teeth brushed and get a shower in you’re doing great. So what do they know about getting stuff done that you don’t?

Here are 5 “secrets” those productive people know that you might not!

Take Breaks

Take breaks Did you know even short breaks during your day can boost your productivity?

Do you take breaks during your work day? Do you try and knuckle down only to take a break when you’re done for the day?

When I started my business full time I brought a lot of baggage with me. My now husband and I decided that it was better for me and for us if I quit the job that I had at the time.

At that point, I didn’t have the skills or the degree to start offering my services so I dove into learning everything I could, all day every day. I would also do all the grocery shopping, cooking, laundry, dishes, vacuuming, basically all the cleaning. Not because my husband wouldn’t help I was trying to PROVE to everyone that I was pulling my weight even though I wasn’t bringing any income in.

I worked all day and all night just to crash and start it all over again. And while that worked for a season it wasn’t sustainable and I came very near to burn out a couple of times. It wasn’t until I started taking breaks seriously and listening to my head when it needed a break rather than pushing through.

When you take a break you
✨allow your brain a rest
✨new thoughts can surface and inspiration can strike
✨know that you’ve only got so long to work on it before you take a break

What can you do during a break?

✨give yourself a manicure
✨reach out to a friend
✨take a walk around the block
✨bust a move
✨turn off all electronics for 10 minutes

What is your favorite way to take a break? Let me know below!

Block your time

This is why you will LOVE time blocking your day.

You get a boost in your productivity. You know what you are working on and when.

Time blocking does not mean scheduling out every minute of your day. It is more like scheduling the categories of your day. Like from 7-9 I’m doing my morning routine, grabbing a coffee, checking emails, working out, walking the hubs to work. Then from 10 – 12 I block off as my work time. 4 – 8 is husband time. Ect.

Like from 7-9 I’m doing my morning routine, grabbing a coffee, checking emails, working out, walking the hubs to work. Then from 10 – 12 I block off as my work time. 4 – 8 is husband time. Ect.

The best part of scheduling your day this way is that when you are in that time block whatever it is you are focused on just those activities. This can still be flexible if you have animals or kids that need attention but for the most part it allows you to create boundaries for yourself. And say this is my work time and this is not my work time. Therefore allowing you to set your phone down and not pick it up when you are cuddling your littles.

This can still be flexible if you have animals or kids that need attention but for the most part, it allows you to create boundaries for yourself. And say this is my work time and this is not my work time. Therefore allowing you to set your phone down and not pick it up when you are cuddling your littles.

When you’re in one time block then you’ve already cut out a bunch of distractions and can get down to work on that one activity. It also will help you hold yourself accountable to your to do list if you know you’ve blocked out 3 hours to work on one project.

Do you have a scheduling routine that works for you? Let me know below!

Overcome procrastination

This is one of the biggest enemies of productivity

Procrastination

Putting off your tasks aren’t going to get you closer to meeting your goals. So how can you overcome it?

Honesty policy: I am not a procrastinator… I’m whatever the opposite is.

If I can get it done now I’d rather do that and then have a big long bit of resting before I need to do the next thing. I’m just as lazy as the next person I’d rather be sitting on the couch binge watching Supernatural than folding the laundry… but I hate having it hanging over my head so I get it done first then binge watch the rest of the night. In some ways, I’m not the opposite just a highly functioning procrastinator because I’ve found hacks to get through my to do list and avoid procrastination.

✨ keep a running to do list that way when “new” ideas pop up you can write it on your list so you won’t forget but quickly go back to what you are trying to work on.
✨ ask yourself why you aren’t motivated to work on it, face the answer
✨ connect your tasks to how you want to feel
✨ cut out the “busy” work that doesn’t really help you move toward your goals but you are putting in your to do list to keep you from focusing on what you are putting off.
✨ take baby steps when making changes to avoid overwhelm

I love when I’ve got a bunch of things on my to-do list and I’ve marked them all off by 1 PM. It gives me the ability to then binge watch Netflix even more… Got any good shows? I’m running out and need suggestions!

Are you a procrastinator? What hacks do you have to get through your list? Comment below!

Don’t multitask

You’ve heard this about productivity before…

Stop multitasking. Just stop doing it. Spending 10 focused minutes on one task is way more effective than spending 30 minutes on 3 tasks. You’re going to be able to get way more done this way and actually feel like you are making progress, rather than getting stuck in the cycle overwhelm with your to do list.

Our brains can only take so much stimuli and problem solve at one time. It’s the way we are wired to keep from being overwhelmed and exhausted from analyzing the world we live in all day every day. One of the best things that I did for my productivity was cut out multitasking. By focusing on one task at a time I’m able to get into the flow of my task and get it done faster than if I were to try and split my time between two or three tasks and never hit my groove.

I don’t really have any tips for you about quitting multitasking. Other than do your best to notice when you are letting other tasks creep in and redirect yourself back to the task at hand. It will take a little time to break the habit but once you do your productivity will soar!

Let’s day dream for a moment, what would you do if you knocked you to do list out by 1 PM? Let me know below!

Say No

One of the best things you can do for your focus and productivity is… say this one word…

No.

Say no to the tasks on your list that aren’t helping you get closer to your goals. Say no to opportunities that aren’t in alignment for you…even if it feels socially awkward to do so. Be polite and be honest, it will be better for both parties that way. Saying no is going to be better for your focus, your list, and your productivity if you aren’t filling your todo list with fluff.

In my first year of business, I did a lot of what new entrepreneurs do. I said yes to every opportunity that came my way… talk about a scarcity mindset. All this did was give me less than ideal clients. Clients that wouldn’t get me and try to make me run my business their way. Or clients that would disappear for months… only to show up and want web changes right away, then disappear again.

So I started saying No. No to these clients and no to these less than ideal opportunities. It was scary…I was worried I’d not get a client and that I’d fail. After I started saying no, I had the easiest month making sales in my business, I attracted my true ideal clients, and running my business became easier than ever before.

When I started saying no to these opportunities it left me open to focus on what I really wanted for my business and my life.

Now it’s your turn!

What was your biggest takeaway from the list above? Let me know in the comments!


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Struggling to get things marked off your to do list. Here are the 5 secrets of getting more done
Struggling to get things marked off your to do list. Here are the 5 secrets of getting more done

How to be productive with a little one at home

Mama! Mommy! MOM!

If you only had a quarter for every time you heard your sweet little one call your name, you’d be rich! Right?

Do you struggle with being productive with your little one at your side while you hustle in your business?

Frustrated and overwhelmed that your to-do list is growing what seems by the second and you’re left wondering how you’re going to get it all accomplished by the end of the day?

I’ve been there, and I get it.

Running a thriving business with a little one at home is not a piece of cake. I tend to be envious of the other Mom bosses who make it look like running a business with a little one is easy peasy lemon squeezy. I wish I was THAT kind of a #momboss. However, the reality is we’re all on our journey. Entrepreneurship and motherhood are two separate beasts! They can both bring you to your knees or be the sunshine on a rainy day.

I wish I could tell you that I have the perfect #momboss life, but the reality is I don’t. However, I have found what works well for me, and I’d love to share some tips with you.

Here are five ways to being more productive in your business with a little one at home:

SHOW YOURSELF SOME GRACE

As a busy Mom boss, it’s important to show yourself some grace. You aren’t expected to be Superwoman even though as a Mom you try to live up to that very expectation. Here is your permission slip to be ok with not getting everything done. It’s ok if you need to ask for help, hire or outsource things that you simply can’t do.

It’s important to remind yourself that YOU are important too. Taking a much-needed break to focus on you is vital to keeping your sanity as a Mom and as a business owner. You’ll be more productive, less stressed or overwhelmed, and feel more at peace.

Let go of the tasks that don’t serve you. Strive for progress, not perfection when it comes to tackling your very long to-do list. Take one task at a time and accept that there will be days that not everything gets done. Enjoy the moments with your little! The dirty dishes in the sink or the emails can wait. They’ll still be there 30-min from now or 2 days from now, but life passes us by quickly, and so do those precious childhood moments.

PLAN YOUR DAY THE NIGHT BEFORE

“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Such a great quote, right? It’s true though! If you jump out of bed each day without a plan of what needs to get done to balance your faith, family, and business then you’re flying by the seat of your pants. While that may be how some like to operate, I don’t personally recommend it. It can increase anxiety and depression as well as make you less productive. It doesn’t exactly set you up for success.

Therefore, take a few minutes after your kiddos are in bed and do a brain purge of all the tasks you need to complete. Prioritize them in order of highest to lowest priority. From there, schedule them into your calendar by designating approximate times you intend to accomplish each task.

Now I want to caveat this by saying when you have a little one using you as a jungle gym or having a full-blown tantrum on the middle of the kitchen floor because you didn’t put his milk in the right cup, just know that you have to show yourself some grace. Take a few moments to gather yourself and tend to the situation. Allow for buffer time for these circumstances that don’t enable you to start a task right on time.

Also, I recommend a contingency plan. A contingency plan has saved my butt many times before! In a nutshell, you have a Plan B for when Plan A “fails” because life happened. Therefore, if you’re not able to complete a task at the desired time, you planned you have a backup time that the work must be completed during. By having a contingency plan, it removes the stress and overwhelm you’re having because you already have a strategy to implement to get it done later in the day.

WORK AROUND YOUR LITTLES

You started a business so that you could be home with your little one but let’s be honest; you sometimes wish they weren’t all up in your “business.” It can be a challenge to tackle your to-do list that has both personal and business tasks on it. Your little one wants your undivided attention, and if you have pets like me, they want it too. If you could only clone ten more of you, then you’d be set!

Rather than getting frustrated that your little one or pets want your attention, focus on what you can get done while working around them. Let your little one play with toys next to you on the office floor, give them a table to play educational games on it like I do from Starfall, pull out the coloring books and crayons. Keep the little one busy while you work is one thing you can do.

Not only does having your little one in the office with you allow you to keep an eye on them, but it allows them to see your work ethic. They’re soaking everything up like a sponge and without you even realizing it they’ll pick up on everything you’re doing, good, bad or even the ugly. Therefore, be mindful of what they’re seeing, but if they see your strong, positive work ethic it can instill some great traits down the road for them!

WORK DURING PEAK PRODUCTIVITY TIMES

As difficult as it can be to work around your little one, try to find times where your productivity is at its highest where you can hammer out some work uninterrupted. Maybe it’s during nap time, early in the morning for the early birds or late at night for the night owls, like me. Either way, I know there are peak times during my day where I am more focused, inspired, and productive.

The goal is to find those peak times and to leverage them as often as possible. The more you can work during the most opportune times, the better it’ll be for tackling your daily to-do list. If you can leverage it while your little one is sleeping, it’s like GOLD!

Now if your peak times are when your child is awake, don’t fret! Use the tactics I mentioned earlier about working on your little one. It’s not easy, but it is doable and once you get into a groove these transitions to work with your child at home get a lot easier. You’ll become the #momboss that others envy!

TAKE MINI-BREAKS

Alright, taking a break throughout your day is just smart overall. It allows you to rejuvenate, stretch, give your eyes a break, and to take some much-needed care of yourself. You’ll also be more productive!

Therefore, schedule multiple breaks throughout your day. Use your calendar and set a reminder. On some of those breaks take care of yourself but taking care of your basic needs. On the others, set aside time just for your little one. Bring them to the park for a bit, snuggle on the couch, read a book, watch their favorite educational cartoon, go for a walk around the block or whatever your heart desires. The point is to take a break!

Your little one wants your attention, and if yours is anything like mine, then they want your attention 100% of the time. No joke, all-the-time! My kiddo doesn’t care if Mama is on a client call or trying to type up epic content. He just wants my love, affection, and attention. When this happens, I show myself some grace, stop what I’m doing and even if it’s for two mins give him the attention he needs so that he can be satisfied.

However, if your little one is home with you all day and you know you have a lot of work to get done, splitting up your day with many mini-breaks allows you to give them attention so that you can work without interruptions. Setting aside time just for them makes them feel special and loved. As long as you are consistently taking breaks throughout your day to give them attention, then over time, they adjust, and the interruptions become fewer. They know Mama is going to be busy, but soon they’ll play. Even at two and a half, my son “gets it.”

Listen, being a #momboss is hard work! There are days you’ll feel like you’ll never be good enough and that being a Superwoman is overrated, but that lasts only for a brief moment because as soon as I look into your little one’s sweet face, you know you’re doing something right.

Pat yourself on the back for the amazing job that you’re doing by being a phenomenal Mom boss! Show yourself some grace because the fact of the matter is what we do takes a lot of chutzpah.

In the comments below share:

What is your favorite way to boost productivity with a little one at home?

 

Kayla Brissi, certified Spiritual Life Coach and Business Strategist

Kayla Brissi is a certified Spiritual Life Coach and Business Strategist for fearless Christian women who are ready to have clarity, get insanely visible and increase their sales so that they can follow their God-sized dream and be impactful.

She’s passionate about the work she does because she believes in inspiring and empowering others to utilize their God-given gifts to make an impact on the world by giving back and leaving a legacy they can be proud of.

In her free time, you can catch her trying to keep up with her son, reading the latest Nicholas Sparks novel or anything personal development related, binge watching Netflix, spending quality with her family or day dreaming about sitting on the beach, soaking up the sun and sipping a margarita.

Kayla Brissi, certified Spiritual Life Coach and Business Strategist

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Kayla Brissi, certified Spiritual Life Coach and Business Strategist

How do stay at home moms get things done when there are little ones around
Get more done even when you are working at home with kids

Yes! You DO Need To Declutter To Boost Productivity

Yes You DO Need To Declutter To Boost Productivity

I just had to stop everything I was doing and clean up my desk. Like full brakes on everything because I couldn’t concentrate on the work I was trying to do. Sometimes the clutter creeps up on me and I find myself unable to focus and get anything done. That’s when my productivity tanks…when there is so much clutter.

I’m talking digital clutter, physical clutter, and mental clutter. It all adds up to destroy your productivity.

Clutter is sneaky so you have to be vigilant about keeping up with it or you’ll find yourself in the same boat I was in. Having to grind to a halt until you deal with it. Get rid of what isn’t serving you because I guarantee it is slowing you down even if you have to constantly be moving stuff off of your computer desk and back on each time you work it’s slowing you down.

Here are 5 ways to declutter and boost your productivity

Clean up digital clutter

This may surprise you but you can totally have digital clutter in your life. I’m talking:

  • half started files of blog posts, social media updates, to-do lists
  • no folder system for organization
  • downloads upon downloads that you NEVER look at
  • emails you want to read but never find time for
  • a million and one files on your desktop
  • 8 blurry photos of the same thing before you got “the one”
  • 3 billion tabs open at once (I’m so guilty of this)

The list can go on and on but the point here is the same you’ve got digital clutter creeping on you.

Does this sound familiar?

You can’t find a file you need because it is somewhere in a list of 300 files all in your Documents folder on your computer. Now where the heck was that image I was supposed to post with this social media update? Ugh…

Yup, that happens. If you spend just 10 minutes a day clearing up your digital clutter I’m sure you will be crazy surprised with how organized you are in about 2 weeks time. You’ll save yourself countless minutes searching for something in a sea of useless files after this I promise!

Clear out the clutter on your to-do list…

Also another thing I’m guilty of. I add something to my to-do list because

  1. I feel like it is important at the time
  2. Someone else feels like it is important
  3. I’ve got big ambitions

But then life happens and it keeps getting moved from to-do list to to-do list and never gets done… and by now is it really still important? Maybe? Maybe not…and if it isn’t clear it off.

Give yourself some mental space to get to what is really important on your list. And if you are like me getting it off there alleviates the guilt I feel from not getting it done in the first place.

If it still is important, by all means, leave it there and bump up it’s priority level so you get that sucker done.

Declutter your inbox

It’s the age where you opt-in for everything and you even get some emails from people you’ve never opted into so unsubscribe from the email senders that you NEVER open… I know you’ve got them the ones you automatically delete when they show up in your inbox. I’ve got them myself and I try to catch myself from just deleting automatically and going into unsubscribing.

The beauty of the system is that if you want to get their newsletter/updates/coupons whatever it is that they send to you again you can resign up. But you aren’t really serving them or yourself by being a passive subscriber to their email list.

And if you feel guilty unsubscribing think about it this way. They are most likely paying for you to be on their list through their email provider and if you aren’t reading or have the intention to be a customer/client of theirs what is the point of you being there.

Digitally detox

Take one day during the weekend or start with one night during the week where you don’t check social media or infinite scrolls. You may not realize how much of your time is taken up by digital clutter.

  • Mindlessly scrolling Facebook
  • Looking for more and more Pins
  • Scrolling through Instagram
  • Even constantly checking your likes/comments/follows all day every day

Not only does taking a little time away from the digital world to recharge help you remove yourself from the pressure that social media brings. It gives you space to experience your life and be inspired by it.

Then when you come back from your digital detox time you’ll be refreshed and ready to go.

Mentally declutter

Declutter your mind. Trust me on this one. You’ve got a lot of stuff floating around in your headspace all day long. Everything from household chores, errands, what you are cooking for dinner tonight, and your work to-dos.

It’s a lot and can drag you down. So sit down and do a massive brain dump.

Get everything out of your head and onto paper where you can free up some of that headspace for what is the highest priority right now.

Also, put all your to-do items in one spot. I’m serious don’t start another list do whatever you have to do to get them all in one place and write down everything you’ve been keeping in your head.

Free up that mental space for what you have to work on rather than trying to keep your running to-do list in your head. This one thing helped me tremendously when trying to declutter my mind. Try it and let me know what you think!

Now it’s your turn!

What is your favorite declutter tip? Let me know in the comments!

Yes You DO Need To Declutter To Boost Productivity
Yes You DO Need To Declutter To Boost Productivity

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5 Steps to Tame Idea Overwhelm

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One of two things seems to happen when you run your own business. You either feel like you can’t get a content idea to save your life or you have way too many ideas and you don’t know where to start. The outcome is the same content isn’t getting out.

It’s even harder to focus when you feel like you’ve got to keep up with all the different things your business needs right now. Sales funnels, welcome sequences, promotional content, value content, blog posts, opt-ins…on and on. Even when you get it all done there is more to do.

How do you pick where to start?

How do you tell good ideas to wait their turn?

It’s a blessing to always have ideas and to have a long list of material to work with, I promise. As long as you don’t get stuck with creating content for your business.

Here are some strategies to keep you moving forward even if you have too many ideas.

Know your goal

I feel like half of the blog posts I write start with “know your goal” but it is really the first step in any strategy is determining your goals and getting to know them inside and out. Knowing what your goals are for your content will help you narrow down your ideas to the types of content that will support your goal.

I’m not a believer of creating content for the sole purpose of creating content. I want all of my content to support my greater goals. So when I know my goal I can easily filter through the ideas I need to work on now verses the ideas that can wait till later.

Don’t worry if you feel like the ideas you are putting off are really good and you want to work on them. You’ve got to remember that they aren’t supporting your current goal, like an upcoming launch. But later in the year that specific content is going to be perfect for a different product or service that you are planning to launch.

Knowing your goals helps bring in the big picture into focus.

Get specific

When you have a lot of ideas it’s time to get specific about them. I think this is a phase that every online business owner goes through when they first get started creating content. It’s brought on by shiny object syndrome and not having a specific plan in place for your own content.

Does this sound familiar? You’re surfing Pinterest and you come across a topic and you think Oh I could write a post about that. And then before you know it your blog is covering topics all across the board. You’re going to have trouble standing out and connecting with your dream clients if you’re content isn’t specific to their situation and their struggles.

It’s time to take action and get specific categorize all your ideas into major topics you cover. Then break those down into sub-topics. These sub-topics can then either become blog topics on their own or you can break it down further in your plan. Having a clear and specific plan for your content will keep you from jumping from topic to topic when it’s time to create your content.

Make a list of other ideas

You get a good idea and even though you are in the middle of another project you just so excited about this new idea that you’ve got to get it started. You’ll come back to the other project when you get this new idea fleshed out a little bit more….

How often do you go back? And honestly how many half finished blog posts do you have sitting around? More than you want to admit?

I know this because my past is littered with half started ideas for posts, products, services. I used to get started and then I would jump ship whenever a new idea struck. But I don’t have that anymore and that is because I’ve got a list in my Evernote where I keep all my ideas. Keeping everything in one spot helps me focus and determine what I’m going to work on next.

I write some notes to remind myself of what the idea was and then I tell them to please wait and return to my original idea until it is finished. I’ve got it off my mind and written down where I won’t forget about it until it is its turn.  Each idea deserves its own time to grow and flourish so I try my best to honor that before diving into a new idea.

Start with the BEST ideas first

Sometimes a good idea needs to percolate for a while before it becomes a great idea. Sometimes it never gets to great but that is a story for a different day.

You always want to be focusing on putting out your best and if you’ve got so many ideas that you’re overwhelmed start with the best ones first. Let those good ideas sit for a while and develop into great ideas. Added bonus of focusing on the best content first you get to quickly establish your expertise in your niche! Yay!

So don’t feel bad if you skip around your list rather than trying to write about the content in the order you thought it up in.

It’s time to commit

Choose one idea to work on at a time and be committed to that. #truthbomb You’ve got to pick one and get going on it. Nothing will get done until you spend the time doing it. So focus on one idea and block off all other distractions like closing your email or turning notifications off on your phone when you sit down to write.

I think this is the strategy that is the hardest to implement. It can be really hard to buckle down and focus on one thing at a time. But it is a strategy that will allow you to get more done in general. Productivity experts suggest mono-tasking instead of multi-tasking. This is because the amount of time you loose while your brain moves from one idea to the next. Even if we feel like we can get up to speed on what we were working on after a quick email check it on average takes 7 minutes to get your brain back into the game on one tasks.

If you are feeling frustrated, overwhelmed, or just plain clueless about where to start when you have too many content ideas try one of these strategies to get moving forward!


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How to boost productivity when you have no time

83434587293478298 million things to do and no time. Do you feel like that too? I feel like that every time I look at my todo list. And then I feel like every time I mark one off I add another task to my list.
I hate that feeling. I hate feeling like I never have time to get everything done. And that’s just in my business, let’s not even talk about personal time and family time. When does that fit into my day??
And then I realized that it was my mindset that needed a little work. It wasn’t that I didn’t have time I just needed to shift things around a little bit in my head. When I did that I saw a huge increase in my productivity.
And it’s not all about making list and prioritizing the list, that is important but this is post is all about making your time work for you. We’ve only got 24 hours in a day and we have to sleep sometime so you might as well be as intentional as possible.

Boost productivity even when you have no time

Focus on the strategy

Ask yourself why you are doing XYZ is it helping you or holding you back? So often we add tasks to our to-do list either because we feel obligated, someone else wants us to do it, or it’s something we’ve always done and we’ve just never questioned it.

But I’m here to tell you. Question everything on your to-do list. This is a big part of getting stuff done is focusing on the strategy behind all the tasks you’re doing. Sometimes you can’t exactly say no to doing the laundry but if you are filling your day with tasks that aren’t helping you get closer to building the business of your dreams. It’s time for a change.

These tasks that don’t have a strong why or lead us to growth in our business just fill your day with busy work. It’s hard. Don’t get me wrong I’m a recovering people pleaser and I want to make sure I do what everyone expects of me and then go above and beyond that. It was and still is a challenge to let go of to-do list tasks that aren’t helping me but it’s freed up so much of my time that I’m able to actually get the things that move me forward done.

Stop making blanket excuses

Now this one might ruffle some feathers because I see it all the time. And if this does trigger you it may be because you need to do a little work in this area. We’ve all got a bazillion things going on and we all have a million directions we need to go. But the difference between successful people and people who are always wishing they are successful? Excuses. Find your commitment and then prioritize and say no to things that don’t feed what your priorities are

People who find success with their online business don’t make excuses they find ways to take action. Even if it is tiny action. They are constantly moving forward and not letting the excuse of no time stop them. So the best way to combat this is to find your priorities for your life and your business. Notice I said life first, that was on purpose. I want to build a successful business but I don’t want to miss out on living my life so I always put those things first. I prioritize my to-do list and say no to things that don’t feed what my priorities are. Then I find ways to make it happen.

It may be that you have to trade off watching tv or staying in to get your work done on a Friday night. No one ever said that it would be easy and you wouldn’t have to make sacrifices you just have to choose to which sacrifices you are willing to make. And then take action.

Identify your margins

Where do you have dead time that could be more productive? One of the places I’ve identified dead time is when I’m waiting in line at the grocery store or pharmacy. I use this time to engage on social media accounts that I follow. That way I’m filling that dead time purposefully.

No, this may sound like a lot of work but I want you to identify times when you could be more productive. Take a look at your day, if you can do a whole week that’s even better. But make notes of when you start a task, when you finish it and what you were doing. And do this for the entire day every task, like showering and cooking lunch and… Facebook scrolling. All these tasks add up and when you can identify them it makes it easy to adjust so that you are either spending less time on that task or filling dead time with something productive.

Defeat overwhelm

Many times I hear from clients and online business buddies that they are overwhelmed with their list and therefore have given up on working on it. If this is you it’s time to beat the overwhelm and start getting back to productivity.

Here are two things you can do to fight overwhelm.

Put your to-do list on paper or an app and get it out of your head. I don’t know about you but for me when I’ve got a bunch of stuff in my head that I need to do I get more anxious about it. I also tend to forget something and just spend my time thinking about all the things I have to do. A long time ago I started making notes on my phone to remind myself of what I wanted to do when I got home. Then I’d transfer my list to a paper list because that’s how I worked best at the time. Now I’ve upgraded to a mobile app and love it. I can add to-do items as soon as they arise and not have to think about them again until it’s time to work on them. Yay for defeating multitasking!

Focus on action, not completion.

One thing that can keep you in overwhelm is not taking any action. That just keeps your list growing and growing and you haven’t made any forward movement. If you take away one single tidbit from this post I want it to be this. Action will always move you forward no matter how tiny it is. Getting something completely marked off your list is great but if you don’t have the time to sit down and get it completed it’s time to adjust your thinking about the actions you are taking. Say for example you have to schedule all your social media content for the week. That can

Say for example you have to schedule all your social media content for the week. That can pretty darn overwhelming… that’s a lot of content and a lot of posts. But when you break it down into its actionable steps (planning, drafting, editing, graphics, scheduling) it’s much more reasonable to get accomplished in a short amount of time. Being realistic with the time that you have available for you to work and how much you can get done in that time will help you continue to take action and mark things off your list.

Now Your Turn!

What do you have hanging out on your to-do list that you’d like to find more time to get done? Let me know in the comments!

Finding time to get things done when our to do lists are never ending is exhausting. Here are 5 things you can do to boost your productivity even if you feel like you have no time to do so!
Finding time to get things done when our to do lists are never ending is exhausting. Here are 5 things you can do to boost your productivity even if you feel like you have no time to do so!

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5 Secrets to Getting More Done

Struggling to get things marked off your to do list. Here are the 5 secrets of getting more doneGetting more done, getting through our to-do lists, getting everything finished is at the top of our lists when it comes to running our businesses. There are a million little things always being added and one more thing we would like to do with our businesses to help ourselves find success.

Some people seem to be able to get everything and more done in a day and you feel like if you get your teeth brushed and get a shower in you’re doing great. So what do they know about getting stuff done that you don’t?

Here are 5 “secrets” those productive people know that you might not!

Take Breaks

Take breaks Did you know even short breaks during your day can boost your productivity?

Do you take breaks during your work day? Do you try and knuckle down only to take a break when you’re done for the day?

When I started my business full time I brought a lot of baggage with me. My now husband and I decided that it was better for me and for us if I quit the job that I had at the time.

At that point, I didn’t have the skills or the degree to start offering my services so I dove into learning everything I could, all day every day. I would also do all the grocery shopping, cooking, laundry, dishes, vacuuming, basically all the cleaning. Not because my husband wouldn’t help I was trying to PROVE to everyone that I was pulling my weight even though I wasn’t bringing any income in.

I worked all day and all night just to crash and start it all over again. And while that worked for a season it wasn’t sustainable and I came very near to burn out a couple of times. It wasn’t until I started taking breaks seriously and listening to my head when it needed a break rather than pushing through.

When you take a break you
✨allow your brain a rest
✨new thoughts can surface and inspiration can strike
✨know that you’ve only got so long to work on it before you take a break

What can you do during a break?

✨give yourself a manicure
✨reach out to a friend
✨take a walk around the block
✨bust a move
✨turn off all electronics for 10 minutes

What is your favorite way to take a break? Let me know below!

Block your time

This is why you will LOVE time blocking your day.

You get a boost in your productivity. You know what you are working on and when.

Time blocking does not mean scheduling out every minute of your day. It is more like scheduling the categories of your day. Like from 7-9 I’m doing my morning routine, grabbing a coffee, checking emails, working out, walking the hubs to work. Then from 10 – 12 I block off as my work time. 4 – 8 is husband time. Ect.

Like from 7-9 I’m doing my morning routine, grabbing a coffee, checking emails, working out, walking the hubs to work. Then from 10 – 12 I block off as my work time. 4 – 8 is husband time. Ect.

The best part of scheduling your day this way is that when you are in that time block whatever it is you are focused on just those activities. This can still be flexible if you have animals or kids that need attention but for the most part it allows you to create boundaries for yourself. And say this is my work time and this is not my work time. Therefore allowing you to set your phone down and not pick it up when you are cuddling your littles.

This can still be flexible if you have animals or kids that need attention but for the most part, it allows you to create boundaries for yourself. And say this is my work time and this is not my work time. Therefore allowing you to set your phone down and not pick it up when you are cuddling your littles.

When you’re in one time block then you’ve already cut out a bunch of distractions and can get down to work on that one activity. It also will help you hold yourself accountable to your to do list if you know you’ve blocked out 3 hours to work on one project.

Do you have a scheduling routine that works for you? Let me know below!

Overcome procrastination

This is one of the biggest enemies of productivity

Procrastination

Putting off your tasks aren’t going to get you closer to meeting your goals. So how can you overcome it?

Honesty policy: I am not a procrastinator… I’m whatever the opposite is.

If I can get it done now I’d rather do that and then have a big long bit of resting before I need to do the next thing. I’m just as lazy as the next person I’d rather be sitting on the couch binge watching Supernatural than folding the laundry… but I hate having it hanging over my head so I get it done first then binge watch the rest of the night. In some ways, I’m not the opposite just a highly functioning procrastinator because I’ve found hacks to get through my to do list and avoid procrastination.

✨ keep a running to do list that way when “new” ideas pop up you can write it on your list so you won’t forget but quickly go back to what you are trying to work on.
✨ ask yourself why you aren’t motivated to work on it, face the answer
✨ connect your tasks to how you want to feel
✨ cut out the “busy” work that doesn’t really help you move toward your goals but you are putting in your to do list to keep you from focusing on what you are putting off.
✨ take baby steps when making changes to avoid overwhelm

I love when I’ve got a bunch of things on my to-do list and I’ve marked them all off by 1 PM. It gives me the ability to then binge watch Netflix even more… Got any good shows? I’m running out and need suggestions!

Are you a procrastinator? What hacks do you have to get through your list? Comment below!

Don’t multitask

You’ve heard this about productivity before…

Stop multitasking. Just stop doing it. Spending 10 focused minutes on one task is way more effective than spending 30 minutes on 3 tasks. You’re going to be able to get way more done this way and actually feel like you are making progress, rather than getting stuck in the cycle overwhelm with your to do list.

Our brains can only take so much stimuli and problem solve at one time. It’s the way we are wired to keep from being overwhelmed and exhausted from analyzing the world we live in all day every day. One of the best things that I did for my productivity was cut out multitasking. By focusing on one task at a time I’m able to get into the flow of my task and get it done faster than if I were to try and split my time between two or three tasks and never hit my groove.

I don’t really have any tips for you about quitting multitasking. Other than do your best to notice when you are letting other tasks creep in and redirect yourself back to the task at hand. It will take a little time to break the habit but once you do your productivity will soar!

Let’s day dream for a moment, what would you do if you knocked you to do list out by 1 PM? Let me know below!

Say No

One of the best things you can do for your focus and productivity is… say this one word…

No.

Say no to the tasks on your list that aren’t helping you get closer to your goals. Say no to opportunities that aren’t in alignment for you…even if it feels socially awkward to do so. Be polite and be honest, it will be better for both parties that way. Saying no is going to be better for your focus, your list, and your productivity if you aren’t filling your todo list with fluff.

In my first year of business, I did a lot of what new entrepreneurs do. I said yes to every opportunity that came my way… talk about a scarcity mindset. All this did was give me less than ideal clients. Clients that wouldn’t get me and try to make me run my business their way. Or clients that would disappear for months… only to show up and want web changes right away, then disappear again.

So I started saying No. No to these clients and no to these less than ideal opportunities. It was scary…I was worried I’d not get a client and that I’d fail. After I started saying no, I had the easiest month making sales in my business, I attracted my true ideal clients, and running my business became easier than ever before.

When I started saying no to these opportunities it left me open to focus on what I really wanted for my business and my life.

Now it’s your turn!

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How to be productive with a little one at home

Mama! Mommy! MOM!

If you only had a quarter for every time you heard your sweet little one call your name, you’d be rich! Right?

Do you struggle with being productive with your little one at your side while you hustle in your business?

Frustrated and overwhelmed that your to-do list is growing what seems by the second and you’re left wondering how you’re going to get it all accomplished by the end of the day?

I’ve been there, and I get it.

Running a thriving business with a little one at home is not a piece of cake. I tend to be envious of the other Mom bosses who make it look like running a business with a little one is easy peasy lemon squeezy. I wish I was THAT kind of a #momboss. However, the reality is we’re all on our journey. Entrepreneurship and motherhood are two separate beasts! They can both bring you to your knees or be the sunshine on a rainy day.

I wish I could tell you that I have the perfect #momboss life, but the reality is I don’t. However, I have found what works well for me, and I’d love to share some tips with you.

Here are five ways to being more productive in your business with a little one at home:

SHOW YOURSELF SOME GRACE

As a busy Mom boss, it’s important to show yourself some grace. You aren’t expected to be Superwoman even though as a Mom you try to live up to that very expectation. Here is your permission slip to be ok with not getting everything done. It’s ok if you need to ask for help, hire or outsource things that you simply can’t do.

It’s important to remind yourself that YOU are important too. Taking a much-needed break to focus on you is vital to keeping your sanity as a Mom and as a business owner. You’ll be more productive, less stressed or overwhelmed, and feel more at peace.

Let go of the tasks that don’t serve you. Strive for progress, not perfection when it comes to tackling your very long to-do list. Take one task at a time and accept that there will be days that not everything gets done. Enjoy the moments with your little! The dirty dishes in the sink or the emails can wait. They’ll still be there 30-min from now or 2 days from now, but life passes us by quickly, and so do those precious childhood moments.

PLAN YOUR DAY THE NIGHT BEFORE

“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Such a great quote, right? It’s true though! If you jump out of bed each day without a plan of what needs to get done to balance your faith, family, and business then you’re flying by the seat of your pants. While that may be how some like to operate, I don’t personally recommend it. It can increase anxiety and depression as well as make you less productive. It doesn’t exactly set you up for success.

Therefore, take a few minutes after your kiddos are in bed and do a brain purge of all the tasks you need to complete. Prioritize them in order of highest to lowest priority. From there, schedule them into your calendar by designating approximate times you intend to accomplish each task.

Now I want to caveat this by saying when you have a little one using you as a jungle gym or having a full-blown tantrum on the middle of the kitchen floor because you didn’t put his milk in the right cup, just know that you have to show yourself some grace. Take a few moments to gather yourself and tend to the situation. Allow for buffer time for these circumstances that don’t enable you to start a task right on time.

Also, I recommend a contingency plan. A contingency plan has saved my butt many times before! In a nutshell, you have a Plan B for when Plan A “fails” because life happened. Therefore, if you’re not able to complete a task at the desired time, you planned you have a backup time that the work must be completed during. By having a contingency plan, it removes the stress and overwhelm you’re having because you already have a strategy to implement to get it done later in the day.

WORK AROUND YOUR LITTLES

You started a business so that you could be home with your little one but let’s be honest; you sometimes wish they weren’t all up in your “business.” It can be a challenge to tackle your to-do list that has both personal and business tasks on it. Your little one wants your undivided attention, and if you have pets like me, they want it too. If you could only clone ten more of you, then you’d be set!

Rather than getting frustrated that your little one or pets want your attention, focus on what you can get done while working around them. Let your little one play with toys next to you on the office floor, give them a table to play educational games on it like I do from Starfall, pull out the coloring books and crayons. Keep the little one busy while you work is one thing you can do.

Not only does having your little one in the office with you allow you to keep an eye on them, but it allows them to see your work ethic. They’re soaking everything up like a sponge and without you even realizing it they’ll pick up on everything you’re doing, good, bad or even the ugly. Therefore, be mindful of what they’re seeing, but if they see your strong, positive work ethic it can instill some great traits down the road for them!

WORK DURING PEAK PRODUCTIVITY TIMES

As difficult as it can be to work around your little one, try to find times where your productivity is at its highest where you can hammer out some work uninterrupted. Maybe it’s during nap time, early in the morning for the early birds or late at night for the night owls, like me. Either way, I know there are peak times during my day where I am more focused, inspired, and productive.

The goal is to find those peak times and to leverage them as often as possible. The more you can work during the most opportune times, the better it’ll be for tackling your daily to-do list. If you can leverage it while your little one is sleeping, it’s like GOLD!

Now if your peak times are when your child is awake, don’t fret! Use the tactics I mentioned earlier about working on your little one. It’s not easy, but it is doable and once you get into a groove these transitions to work with your child at home get a lot easier. You’ll become the #momboss that others envy!

TAKE MINI-BREAKS

Alright, taking a break throughout your day is just smart overall. It allows you to rejuvenate, stretch, give your eyes a break, and to take some much-needed care of yourself. You’ll also be more productive!

Therefore, schedule multiple breaks throughout your day. Use your calendar and set a reminder. On some of those breaks take care of yourself but taking care of your basic needs. On the others, set aside time just for your little one. Bring them to the park for a bit, snuggle on the couch, read a book, watch their favorite educational cartoon, go for a walk around the block or whatever your heart desires. The point is to take a break!

Your little one wants your attention, and if yours is anything like mine, then they want your attention 100% of the time. No joke, all-the-time! My kiddo doesn’t care if Mama is on a client call or trying to type up epic content. He just wants my love, affection, and attention. When this happens, I show myself some grace, stop what I’m doing and even if it’s for two mins give him the attention he needs so that he can be satisfied.

However, if your little one is home with you all day and you know you have a lot of work to get done, splitting up your day with many mini-breaks allows you to give them attention so that you can work without interruptions. Setting aside time just for them makes them feel special and loved. As long as you are consistently taking breaks throughout your day to give them attention, then over time, they adjust, and the interruptions become fewer. They know Mama is going to be busy, but soon they’ll play. Even at two and a half, my son “gets it.”

Listen, being a #momboss is hard work! There are days you’ll feel like you’ll never be good enough and that being a Superwoman is overrated, but that lasts only for a brief moment because as soon as I look into your little one’s sweet face, you know you’re doing something right.

Pat yourself on the back for the amazing job that you’re doing by being a phenomenal Mom boss! Show yourself some grace because the fact of the matter is what we do takes a lot of chutzpah.

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What is your favorite way to boost productivity with a little one at home?

 

Kayla Brissi, certified Spiritual Life Coach and Business Strategist

Kayla Brissi is a certified Spiritual Life Coach and Business Strategist for fearless Christian women who are ready to have clarity, get insanely visible and increase their sales so that they can follow their God-sized dream and be impactful.

She’s passionate about the work she does because she believes in inspiring and empowering others to utilize their God-given gifts to make an impact on the world by giving back and leaving a legacy they can be proud of.

In her free time, you can catch her trying to keep up with her son, reading the latest Nicholas Sparks novel or anything personal development related, binge watching Netflix, spending quality with her family or day dreaming about sitting on the beach, soaking up the sun and sipping a margarita.

Kayla Brissi, certified Spiritual Life Coach and Business Strategist

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Kayla Brissi, certified Spiritual Life Coach and Business Strategist

How do stay at home moms get things done when there are little ones around
Get more done even when you are working at home with kids

Yes! You DO Need To Declutter To Boost Productivity

Yes You DO Need To Declutter To Boost Productivity

I just had to stop everything I was doing and clean up my desk. Like full brakes on everything because I couldn’t concentrate on the work I was trying to do. Sometimes the clutter creeps up on me and I find myself unable to focus and get anything done. That’s when my productivity tanks…when there is so much clutter.

I’m talking digital clutter, physical clutter, and mental clutter. It all adds up to destroy your productivity.

Clutter is sneaky so you have to be vigilant about keeping up with it or you’ll find yourself in the same boat I was in. Having to grind to a halt until you deal with it. Get rid of what isn’t serving you because I guarantee it is slowing you down even if you have to constantly be moving stuff off of your computer desk and back on each time you work it’s slowing you down.

Here are 5 ways to declutter and boost your productivity

Clean up digital clutter

This may surprise you but you can totally have digital clutter in your life. I’m talking:

  • half started files of blog posts, social media updates, to-do lists
  • no folder system for organization
  • downloads upon downloads that you NEVER look at
  • emails you want to read but never find time for
  • a million and one files on your desktop
  • 8 blurry photos of the same thing before you got “the one”
  • 3 billion tabs open at once (I’m so guilty of this)

The list can go on and on but the point here is the same you’ve got digital clutter creeping on you.

Does this sound familiar?

You can’t find a file you need because it is somewhere in a list of 300 files all in your Documents folder on your computer. Now where the heck was that image I was supposed to post with this social media update? Ugh…

Yup, that happens. If you spend just 10 minutes a day clearing up your digital clutter I’m sure you will be crazy surprised with how organized you are in about 2 weeks time. You’ll save yourself countless minutes searching for something in a sea of useless files after this I promise!

Clear out the clutter on your to-do list…

Also another thing I’m guilty of. I add something to my to-do list because

  1. I feel like it is important at the time
  2. Someone else feels like it is important
  3. I’ve got big ambitions

But then life happens and it keeps getting moved from to-do list to to-do list and never gets done… and by now is it really still important? Maybe? Maybe not…and if it isn’t clear it off.

Give yourself some mental space to get to what is really important on your list. And if you are like me getting it off there alleviates the guilt I feel from not getting it done in the first place.

If it still is important, by all means, leave it there and bump up it’s priority level so you get that sucker done.

Declutter your inbox

It’s the age where you opt-in for everything and you even get some emails from people you’ve never opted into so unsubscribe from the email senders that you NEVER open… I know you’ve got them the ones you automatically delete when they show up in your inbox. I’ve got them myself and I try to catch myself from just deleting automatically and going into unsubscribing.

The beauty of the system is that if you want to get their newsletter/updates/coupons whatever it is that they send to you again you can resign up. But you aren’t really serving them or yourself by being a passive subscriber to their email list.

And if you feel guilty unsubscribing think about it this way. They are most likely paying for you to be on their list through their email provider and if you aren’t reading or have the intention to be a customer/client of theirs what is the point of you being there.

Digitally detox

Take one day during the weekend or start with one night during the week where you don’t check social media or infinite scrolls. You may not realize how much of your time is taken up by digital clutter.

  • Mindlessly scrolling Facebook
  • Looking for more and more Pins
  • Scrolling through Instagram
  • Even constantly checking your likes/comments/follows all day every day

Not only does taking a little time away from the digital world to recharge help you remove yourself from the pressure that social media brings. It gives you space to experience your life and be inspired by it.

Then when you come back from your digital detox time you’ll be refreshed and ready to go.

Mentally declutter

Declutter your mind. Trust me on this one. You’ve got a lot of stuff floating around in your headspace all day long. Everything from household chores, errands, what you are cooking for dinner tonight, and your work to-dos.

It’s a lot and can drag you down. So sit down and do a massive brain dump.

Get everything out of your head and onto paper where you can free up some of that headspace for what is the highest priority right now.

Also, put all your to-do items in one spot. I’m serious don’t start another list do whatever you have to do to get them all in one place and write down everything you’ve been keeping in your head.

Free up that mental space for what you have to work on rather than trying to keep your running to-do list in your head. This one thing helped me tremendously when trying to declutter my mind. Try it and let me know what you think!

Now it’s your turn!

What is your favorite declutter tip? Let me know in the comments!

Yes You DO Need To Declutter To Boost Productivity
Yes You DO Need To Declutter To Boost Productivity

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5 Steps to Tame Idea Overwhelm

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One of two things seems to happen when you run your own business. You either feel like you can’t get a content idea to save your life or you have way too many ideas and you don’t know where to start. The outcome is the same content isn’t getting out.

It’s even harder to focus when you feel like you’ve got to keep up with all the different things your business needs right now. Sales funnels, welcome sequences, promotional content, value content, blog posts, opt-ins…on and on. Even when you get it all done there is more to do.

How do you pick where to start?

How do you tell good ideas to wait their turn?

It’s a blessing to always have ideas and to have a long list of material to work with, I promise. As long as you don’t get stuck with creating content for your business.

Here are some strategies to keep you moving forward even if you have too many ideas.

Know your goal

I feel like half of the blog posts I write start with “know your goal” but it is really the first step in any strategy is determining your goals and getting to know them inside and out. Knowing what your goals are for your content will help you narrow down your ideas to the types of content that will support your goal.

I’m not a believer of creating content for the sole purpose of creating content. I want all of my content to support my greater goals. So when I know my goal I can easily filter through the ideas I need to work on now verses the ideas that can wait till later.

Don’t worry if you feel like the ideas you are putting off are really good and you want to work on them. You’ve got to remember that they aren’t supporting your current goal, like an upcoming launch. But later in the year that specific content is going to be perfect for a different product or service that you are planning to launch.

Knowing your goals helps bring in the big picture into focus.

Get specific

When you have a lot of ideas it’s time to get specific about them. I think this is a phase that every online business owner goes through when they first get started creating content. It’s brought on by shiny object syndrome and not having a specific plan in place for your own content.

Does this sound familiar? You’re surfing Pinterest and you come across a topic and you think Oh I could write a post about that. And then before you know it your blog is covering topics all across the board. You’re going to have trouble standing out and connecting with your dream clients if you’re content isn’t specific to their situation and their struggles.

It’s time to take action and get specific categorize all your ideas into major topics you cover. Then break those down into sub-topics. These sub-topics can then either become blog topics on their own or you can break it down further in your plan. Having a clear and specific plan for your content will keep you from jumping from topic to topic when it’s time to create your content.

Make a list of other ideas

You get a good idea and even though you are in the middle of another project you just so excited about this new idea that you’ve got to get it started. You’ll come back to the other project when you get this new idea fleshed out a little bit more….

How often do you go back? And honestly how many half finished blog posts do you have sitting around? More than you want to admit?

I know this because my past is littered with half started ideas for posts, products, services. I used to get started and then I would jump ship whenever a new idea struck. But I don’t have that anymore and that is because I’ve got a list in my Evernote where I keep all my ideas. Keeping everything in one spot helps me focus and determine what I’m going to work on next.

I write some notes to remind myself of what the idea was and then I tell them to please wait and return to my original idea until it is finished. I’ve got it off my mind and written down where I won’t forget about it until it is its turn.  Each idea deserves its own time to grow and flourish so I try my best to honor that before diving into a new idea.

Start with the BEST ideas first

Sometimes a good idea needs to percolate for a while before it becomes a great idea. Sometimes it never gets to great but that is a story for a different day.

You always want to be focusing on putting out your best and if you’ve got so many ideas that you’re overwhelmed start with the best ones first. Let those good ideas sit for a while and develop into great ideas. Added bonus of focusing on the best content first you get to quickly establish your expertise in your niche! Yay!

So don’t feel bad if you skip around your list rather than trying to write about the content in the order you thought it up in.

It’s time to commit

Choose one idea to work on at a time and be committed to that. #truthbomb You’ve got to pick one and get going on it. Nothing will get done until you spend the time doing it. So focus on one idea and block off all other distractions like closing your email or turning notifications off on your phone when you sit down to write.

I think this is the strategy that is the hardest to implement. It can be really hard to buckle down and focus on one thing at a time. But it is a strategy that will allow you to get more done in general. Productivity experts suggest mono-tasking instead of multi-tasking. This is because the amount of time you loose while your brain moves from one idea to the next. Even if we feel like we can get up to speed on what we were working on after a quick email check it on average takes 7 minutes to get your brain back into the game on one tasks.

If you are feeling frustrated, overwhelmed, or just plain clueless about where to start when you have too many content ideas try one of these strategies to get moving forward!


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How to boost productivity when you have no time

83434587293478298 million things to do and no time. Do you feel like that too? I feel like that every time I look at my todo list. And then I feel like every time I mark one off I add another task to my list.
I hate that feeling. I hate feeling like I never have time to get everything done. And that’s just in my business, let’s not even talk about personal time and family time. When does that fit into my day??
And then I realized that it was my mindset that needed a little work. It wasn’t that I didn’t have time I just needed to shift things around a little bit in my head. When I did that I saw a huge increase in my productivity.
And it’s not all about making list and prioritizing the list, that is important but this is post is all about making your time work for you. We’ve only got 24 hours in a day and we have to sleep sometime so you might as well be as intentional as possible.

Boost productivity even when you have no time

Focus on the strategy

Ask yourself why you are doing XYZ is it helping you or holding you back? So often we add tasks to our to-do list either because we feel obligated, someone else wants us to do it, or it’s something we’ve always done and we’ve just never questioned it.

But I’m here to tell you. Question everything on your to-do list. This is a big part of getting stuff done is focusing on the strategy behind all the tasks you’re doing. Sometimes you can’t exactly say no to doing the laundry but if you are filling your day with tasks that aren’t helping you get closer to building the business of your dreams. It’s time for a change.

These tasks that don’t have a strong why or lead us to growth in our business just fill your day with busy work. It’s hard. Don’t get me wrong I’m a recovering people pleaser and I want to make sure I do what everyone expects of me and then go above and beyond that. It was and still is a challenge to let go of to-do list tasks that aren’t helping me but it’s freed up so much of my time that I’m able to actually get the things that move me forward done.

Stop making blanket excuses

Now this one might ruffle some feathers because I see it all the time. And if this does trigger you it may be because you need to do a little work in this area. We’ve all got a bazillion things going on and we all have a million directions we need to go. But the difference between successful people and people who are always wishing they are successful? Excuses. Find your commitment and then prioritize and say no to things that don’t feed what your priorities are

People who find success with their online business don’t make excuses they find ways to take action. Even if it is tiny action. They are constantly moving forward and not letting the excuse of no time stop them. So the best way to combat this is to find your priorities for your life and your business. Notice I said life first, that was on purpose. I want to build a successful business but I don’t want to miss out on living my life so I always put those things first. I prioritize my to-do list and say no to things that don’t feed what my priorities are. Then I find ways to make it happen.

It may be that you have to trade off watching tv or staying in to get your work done on a Friday night. No one ever said that it would be easy and you wouldn’t have to make sacrifices you just have to choose to which sacrifices you are willing to make. And then take action.

Identify your margins

Where do you have dead time that could be more productive? One of the places I’ve identified dead time is when I’m waiting in line at the grocery store or pharmacy. I use this time to engage on social media accounts that I follow. That way I’m filling that dead time purposefully.

No, this may sound like a lot of work but I want you to identify times when you could be more productive. Take a look at your day, if you can do a whole week that’s even better. But make notes of when you start a task, when you finish it and what you were doing. And do this for the entire day every task, like showering and cooking lunch and… Facebook scrolling. All these tasks add up and when you can identify them it makes it easy to adjust so that you are either spending less time on that task or filling dead time with something productive.

Defeat overwhelm

Many times I hear from clients and online business buddies that they are overwhelmed with their list and therefore have given up on working on it. If this is you it’s time to beat the overwhelm and start getting back to productivity.

Here are two things you can do to fight overwhelm.

Put your to-do list on paper or an app and get it out of your head. I don’t know about you but for me when I’ve got a bunch of stuff in my head that I need to do I get more anxious about it. I also tend to forget something and just spend my time thinking about all the things I have to do. A long time ago I started making notes on my phone to remind myself of what I wanted to do when I got home. Then I’d transfer my list to a paper list because that’s how I worked best at the time. Now I’ve upgraded to a mobile app and love it. I can add to-do items as soon as they arise and not have to think about them again until it’s time to work on them. Yay for defeating multitasking!

Focus on action, not completion.

One thing that can keep you in overwhelm is not taking any action. That just keeps your list growing and growing and you haven’t made any forward movement. If you take away one single tidbit from this post I want it to be this. Action will always move you forward no matter how tiny it is. Getting something completely marked off your list is great but if you don’t have the time to sit down and get it completed it’s time to adjust your thinking about the actions you are taking. Say for example you have to schedule all your social media content for the week. That can

Say for example you have to schedule all your social media content for the week. That can pretty darn overwhelming… that’s a lot of content and a lot of posts. But when you break it down into its actionable steps (planning, drafting, editing, graphics, scheduling) it’s much more reasonable to get accomplished in a short amount of time. Being realistic with the time that you have available for you to work and how much you can get done in that time will help you continue to take action and mark things off your list.

Now Your Turn!

What do you have hanging out on your to-do list that you’d like to find more time to get done? Let me know in the comments!

Finding time to get things done when our to do lists are never ending is exhausting. Here are 5 things you can do to boost your productivity even if you feel like you have no time to do so!
Finding time to get things done when our to do lists are never ending is exhausting. Here are 5 things you can do to boost your productivity even if you feel like you have no time to do so!

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