Someone asked me the other day how I managed to get so much done in one day. I have never really given it much thought until now. Everyone works at their own speed and what works for one person may not work for everyone. What works for me is to remain focused on my goals. Doing so gives me a sense of accomplishment. I think my deadline-oriented history as a journalist provided me with a solid training ground.
Here are some of the tactics I use that might be helpful for you.
Start the day early: I get up around 6 a.m. and plow through my emails and skim social media (it takes about 15 minutes) before getting ready for work. I have read articles that suggest this only serves to derail your day, but the hour between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. is my creative time because the kids are still in bed, so it works for me and helps me to organize my day.
Get easy things out of the way: Once the kids are up and preparing themselves for school (thank goodness they are old enough now), I grab a cup of coffee and head to my home office to see what other items I can get out of the way. Perhaps I might look for something to post to LinkedIn or Twitter for a client, or maybe I will search for a blog idea that I can start writing about later in the day for another client. Whatever it is, I make sure it’s something quick and easy that can be accomplished in under 30 minutes.
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