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Reduce Stress and Increase Your Productivity

reduce stress and increase your productivity

You might be stressed that things aren’t being done on time. You always have a long list to to-dos every day and don’t know where to start. There are only 24 hours in the day, so making the most of each day is crucial. You’ll have to either work more hours or smarter. Working smarter will help reduce stress and increase your productivity.

get organized

The first thing you should do is make sure you have a clean and tidy workspace. Sitting in a messy workspace can stress you out even before you begin the work you have for the day. Being around clutter limits your brain’s ability to concentrate and focus on the task at hand. Reduce your stress by decluttering your workspace. Get rid of all the non-essential items around you.

set small goals

Create a small list of all the things you need to get done for the current day. Looking at all your goals can be overwhelming and seeing all your projects is stressful. Break these up into smaller tasks, you’ll feel more in control once you start knocking them off your list. Instead of writing down “finish branding project” break it down into small tasks. Doing it this way will keep you more on track and make a large project seem less stressful. You should know what your limits are and learn to stick to them.

track and limit time on tasks

Track the amount of time you spend on a particular task. You’ll be surprised about how much time you’re spending on something that could have been done in less than 10 minutes. There is no need in spending over an hour on something that can be done sooner. Track how much time you spend on certain tasks such as emailing, social media and client work. When you have a general idea you’ll know how to probably plan your day. With this in mind stop multitasking, this actually takes longer to get things completed than if you focused on one task at a time. If there is something you can knock out in 5 minutes or less DO IT right away and not schedule it for a later time or day.

eliminate distractions

You waste time when you’re casually browsing through social media for non-work related things. In this field being on social media is apart of the job but you have to know how to stay on track. Set a limit on the amount of time you spend on social media. When you’re working on client work, presentations etc disable notifications and keep your phone on silent mode so you won’t be distracted. Part of being proactive rather than reactive.

take a break

Taking short breaks during your work day will help boost your creativity and concentration. When you work continuously for long hours it may lead to stress. Maximize your time and take quick 10 to 15-minute breaks to refresh and refuel. If you’re working from home its very import that you take these breaks as well. You can drink some water, get a snack etc.

Having an online business is stressful enough your goal is to not add to that stress. We all work in different ways using some of these methods will hopefully get you motivated to have a productive workday. Setting small daily tasks will help you feel accomplished, tracking your task will give you an idea of how long things take. It’s also very important to limit the distractions you have. It’s very easy to get distracted with your phone and you’re easily thrown off your task at hand.