Running your own successful crafting business is not an easy task. It takes great skill, discipline, and dedication to manage your own business. But we don’t need to tell you that – you already know how many hours of sweat, blood, and tears that you’ve poured into your dream. We’re here to say that we know it’s not easy! We know it’s hard, and we know that sometimes it’s so stressful and overwhelming that you just feel like throwing in the towel.
You are talented and hard-working and are capable of achieving your crafting dreams! The first step is to accept a little help along the way. That’s where we come in. Here at CreativeIncome, we’ve put together a list of tips and tricks to help you stayed focused and dedicated to your end goal. Our list of 10 Ways to Increase Productivity will help you to streamline your working life, and will give any nasty procrastinator habits a kick out the front door. So let’s begin, shall we?
1. Get Enough Sleep
We cannot emphasize enough how important this is. Getting a full night’s sleep gives your body the rest it deserves and helps you to wake up ready to start the day. Sleeping in can oftentimes mess with your internal clock and cause you to be more tired when you eventually wake up. We recommend going to bed early and rising early to get a fresh start on the day.
2. Have an Inviting Workspace
No one looks forward to going to work when your workspace is a small, dark, cluttered, and uninviting place. So start your day by organizing your workspace. Clear away all your clutter. Let in some natural light. Put on some soothing music to help you focus. Setting the mood for your day is important, and it starts here.
3. Organize Your Time
This is probably the most important tip on this list. Staying organized is key. Find a system that works best for you. We recommend to-do lists and timetables. List out everything you need to accomplish that day, and then plan out when you’ll complete those tasks throughout the day. At the end of the day, review your list and see how productive your were. How did you actually spend your time? Reevaluate, and then plan for your next day!
4. Set Goals for Yourself
You can write lists until the cows come home, but if you don’t set goals and hold yourself accountable to those goals, then you’ll never get anything done. When you’re setting goals for yourself, be ambitious but also realistic. Setting unachievable goals is just setting yourself up for failure. Think pragmatically and set out to conquer tasks that you can genuinely accomplish. When you’re planning out your goals for the day (or week), keep these tips in mind: complete the worst tasks first. Group smaller, similar goals together to be completed all at once. Break bigger goals into other tasks. Tell others what your goals are for the day – this makes you accountable to yourself and to them.
5. Stop Multitasking
We’re serious about this one. You think that you’re being productive by completing multiple tasks at once. But actually, you’re taking a longer time to complete several tasks very poorly. Focus on one task at a time. Give it your full attention, and you’ll be proud of the end result.
Tune in later this week for Part 2!
Check out these great sources for more productivity hacks!
15 Ways to Increase Productivity at Work from Inc.com
12 Tips For Increasing Productivity from Forbes.com
15 Productivity Hacks For Procrastinators from Lifehack.org
28 Life Hacks To Make Your Day So Much Easier from Refinery29.com
How to Increase Your Efficiency at Work in 10 Steps from MyDomaine.com
9 Ways to Be More Productive from Elearninginfographics.com
Comment below and let us know, what are your tips for increasing productivity?
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