One of the best ways to boost your productivity is by using the latest tips and technologies to keep you organized. Here's a quick guide on how to power through your to-do list and feel better about yourself.
Entrepreneurs and executives today have more on their plate than ever before. We all know that feeling when you’re absolutely crushing it. It’s that feeling when you have a million great ideas racing through you head and your fingers can’t seem to type fast enough. You finally hit send, feeling like a million bucks and look at you, you even finished early.
What about about those times where you just feel… Stuck. You’ve got no idea where to go and somehow find anything and everything to do except for what you need completed.
How do we get into the zone more often? What causes us to feel motivated? Stressed? Excited? Anxious?
Fear no more – Here are 5 steps to getting more sh*t done and feeling better about yourself.
Ever get that feeling like you’re forgetting something? It’s because you didn’t write it down! Lists do not work for everyone but if you’ve never tried it (and I mean truly committing to one), how can you know for sure? Thankfully, making a list that syncs across all your devices is easier than ever before. The first step to getting more stuff done is knowing what you have to get done!
Pro Tip – Don’t leave anything out! If you haven’t called Sarah back in weeks and it’s weighing on your mind, jot down.
Now that you know everything you need to get done, it’s time to start adding some due dates and priority levels to each. As you continue to add to the list, start adding some notes to each item: How long will it take you? How many steps are there? Including these notes will prevent you from trying to squeeze 2 hours of work into your coffee break.
Pro Tip – Be realistic! You’re not a superhero and you need to eat and sleep. Pretending that you’ll be awake for 22 hours of the day and producing at your highest level isn’t realistic.
Knowing what you are and are not good at is crucial for a business owner. It requires you to be brutally honest with yourself and often leads to one conclusion – GET HELP! Have you ever had a friend who’s said, ‘Seriously, anything you need help with, just let me know!’ Well, time to call in a few favors.
At some point, your friend will grow tired of being paid in chicken wings so you’ll need some real help.
Pro Tip – Automate it! Don’t forget there are tons of apps out there that can do a lot of work on your behalf. Ask yourself, can a bot do this for me?
Now you know exactly what to do, how long it should take, the steps involved and the best part is — it’s what you’re good at! Toss on your favorite Spotify Playlist and get to work. The key here is to set boundaries. If you only budgeted 2 hours, then bust your tail to get it done in 2 hours! The more you let tasks overtake your day, the more lost you’ll feel tomorrow.
Pro Tip – Routines are great, but only if they are healthy and helpful. Try experimenting with different activities before working to see what boosts your mood. I prefer a quick jog around the block and a big slice of avocado toast #millennial
Add this to your to-do list. You can’t ever get better if you don’t know how you did… And you’ll never do this if it’s not on your to-do list (reference Step 1 👆). Like most things in life, the first time is going to feel odd. The key is to reflect on what you did, how you felt and if you tried anything new that helped.
Was it the time of day? Where you did it? Who you were around?
Pro Tip – Taking a minute to think about how different activities make you feel is important. These insights can then help you test out unique ways of structuring your day, based on the types of tasks your working on.
One of the toughest part of being an entrepreneur is being confident enough to lead a team and humble enough to understand your unknown unknowns; and when to look for help. Sometimes it’s hard to see through the fog of unchartered waters, and if you are not sure what direction your ship is heading in – Find someone who’s been there before and reach out!
Don’t worry, we won’t leave you high and dry:
Pro Tip – A timeless quote is to ‘Be careful who you take advice from, you might end up just like them’ and that couldn’t be more true today.
Some of these steps might not seem revolutionary, but that doesn’t matter. The goal is get you on the right path and give you some modern tools that make life a bit easier. Everyone is different, the key is getting into a rhythm that works for you.
What’s the point here?
Before working on ChipBot, the struggle of designing and managing websites was challenging. Beyond that, managing customer support was more work than I could have ever anticipated. ChipBot does two things incredibly well:
For the past 6 years, I’ve been helping business owners better understand their users. When the opportunity to work at ChipBot arose (and boy was it fast!), I saw it as a chance to scale my passion. Before coming on board with ChipBot, I was first a customer. What I found was it was saving me tons of time with clear, actionable feedback and data. If you have a website, you’re leaving data on the table by not having a bot working for you. This was a task I was happy to outsource to a bot and now, reviewing user behavior and website data is actually kind of fun 😊
Join me and the team @ ChipBot on November 13, 2018 in Chicago, IL talk about how to Have a Startup and a Life.