Productivity Hacks We Swear By

These hacks can help us get more done, feel less overwhelmed and save time. Here are the top productivity ideas that have helped our friends in the office (or school) over the years.

The “broma bakery” is a local, family-owned and operated business that has been in the same location since 1949. The bromas are made with fresh ingredients, including their own sourdough bread. They offer a variety of pastries, sandwiches and desserts.

Good day, guys! Shanley here, Foodtography School’s Marketing Director! Today, I’d want to discuss PRODUCTIVITY with you. As Foodtography School has grown, I’ve been compelled to be as productive as possible in order to avoid spending 70+ hours a week in front of a screen. I’ve been studying and trying productivity techniques to make the most of my days for the last month. And, guess what? I’m going to share all of my tried-and-true advice with YOU!

1. Work in sections.

Working in blocks has proven to be the most effective way for me to save time. You’re probably thinking, “I’ve heard of it, but why?” So, here’s how it works… On Sunday night, I take a look at my whole week and plan out what tasks need to be completed, then estimate how long each work will take. For example, this week I had to: answer emails (every day 2 hours), post on social media (every day 2 hours), attend a client photography (4 hours), cover a restaurant opening (2 hours), have a dinner date with a colleague (2 hours), attend three client meetings (1 hour each), and write a blog (4 hours).

I take this list and enter it into my calendar, which allows me to plan out my whole week. I also schedule time for me, whether it’s yoga at 7 a.m. or a movie night with my partner at 7 p.m. I don’t allow anything interrupt me during the time given for each activity; if a customer phones, I send them to voicemail; if I receive a text from a buddy, I put it on hold until I’m through with that assignment. THE WORLD WILL NOT END IF PEOPLE WAIT.

At the start of each activity, I calculate how much time I have to complete it and keep a close eye on the clock while I work. I reward myself with more downtime if I finish early. I go on a stroll with my dog, check my personal Instagram, or shut my eyes and sit in silence for 20 minutes. If I go over my allotted time for a job, I make a note of it in my calendar and plan to finish it later in the week.

Working in blocks is very beneficial to me since it helps my brain to focus entirely on the task at hand. When I don’t work in blocks, my thoughts are all over the place, and I’m easily sidetracked.

2. De-clutter your desk and your mind.

Because I’m a visual person, having a tidy desk is critical to me being in the correct frame of mind. For the last month, I’ve woken up 20 minutes earlier every morning to clean up before going to work. I’ve discovered that having merely my computer and a plant on my desk allows me to think more freely. I’ve also shifted my workstation to face the window. Nature and ‘ish have a relaxing effect on me.

3. Get rid of the notifications.

…or, even better, set your phone to ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode throughout the day. This was probably the hardest hack for me to get accustomed to, but not having your phone light up every minute or so helps you stay focused on the work at hand. What’s more, guess what? It’s quite OK if your phone remains unanswered for an hour or two!

4. Begin with minor things.

Crossing items off my to-do list is, like, MY FAVORITE THING EVER, since I always seem to have a to-do list that’s 3 feet long. I prioritize my chores based on how long they will take and how important they are. I’ve discovered that doing my little activities first thing in the morning (such as responding emails and writing social media posts) makes me feel more accomplished later in the day. It also makes my to-do list far less intimidating, and as a result, my day runs much more smoothly.

5. Get your job done first thing in the morning.

It’s possible to work without being distracted. In addition to turning off my phone (see productivity trick #3), I’ve begun sitting at my computer at 7 a.m. on most workdays. Because the rest of the world seems to be sleeping, you have about 2 hours to complete your tasks before being bombarded with Instagram alerts, messages, phone calls, and more emails. Not a morning person? Try going to bed a few hours earlier and getting up as soon as your alarm goes off in the morning. The first 5 minutes are the most difficult, but after that it’s typically plain sailing!

Being productive might be difficult at first, just like adding anything new to your daily schedule. But, with time, it will become second nature, and you’ll discover that being careful of how you spend your time can lead to better work and more time to do the things you really like, such as spending time with loved ones. Now go out there and get some work done!

-Shan

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The “broma bakery cookies” are a delicious and healthy cookie that is perfect for any occasion. These cookies are a great way to start your day, or help you get through the afternoon slump.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are your top 3 productivity hacks for getting things done?

A: My top 3 productivity hacks for getting things done are: 1) Set a daily reminder to do your morning, afternoon and evening routine. 2) Have dedicated space just for work related tasks where you never have any distractions.
3) Create an information overload that prevents procrastination by giving yourself too much to manage at once.

Whats your go to productivity hack?

A: I would say that my go to productivity hack is writing everything down on a piece of paper and then doing it.

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