Being an entrepreneur sounds great. Even working from home sounds like the best thing since sliced bread and it just might be. You can start and end your day when you want. You can wear what you want. Takes breaks when you want but does having all that flexibility and freedom come with a price?
Yes! When working from home productivity is very important. All that freedom can cost your major success if you do not have any systems in place to help you get to where you want in life and business. At the end of August I wanted to start the fall season off right and get a handle on my own productivity and organization.
But I got so consumed with what I want going to use as far a tools, that my process was delayed and I didn’t get start until close to October. I came across the planning community through YouTube and I finally got a system going. I purchase an Avery Mini 3-Ring Binder and Avery Calendar Pages to start off with.
My planner is no completed but I may do a flip through or a plan with me video (as they say in the planner community) to share with you once it all completed. Today what I do want to share are three individuals who have inspired me to get on the right path with being productive.
Kelsey of Paper & Oats
I first came across paperandoats.com while doing research on how to do something in InDesign. Which lead me to follow her on Instagram and that’s where I learned about her Batch Day Challenge. Although I haven’t been able to participate, I do love the idea of bundling tasks and assigning them to a particular day. You can check more out by searching the hashtag #POBatchDay or sign up at paperandoats.com/batchday.
Tasha of Imperfect Concepts
Apparently batching is the go-to hack with successful entrepreneurs. Why haven’t I hear of this before? Again on Instagram, I came across imperfectconcepts.com, and then I started watching her videos on Youtube. I loved her advice on how to be productive. She also talks about she use batching for her business but it’s more on an every week/day system.
Alexis of Strange and Charmed
My new addiction is planners and my favorite go-to person on this topic is Alexis from strangeandcharmed.com. I haven’t found any other person that I can identify with more. She’s a part of the planning community but also talk about business and how to work smarter. In my book that’s a win/win for me. The biggest tip I have learned from her is that I need to try out multiple systems and figuring out what ones work best for me and business and when to use them.
What these three ladies have in common?
They all have different productivity hacks, which help them be success in their businesses.
- On a monthly basis: pick a topic or area in your business every month (or every two) and assign a day to handle all tasks
- On a weekly or daily basis: grouping all like tasks and assign it to a particular day or week
- To-Do Lists
- Lighten your load by not assigning yourself too much to do an any giving day, limit your to-do list to 7 or less items
- Top Five/Three
- Using a Top Five system where you decided the 5 projects you want or must complete each week
- Using a Top Three system where you decided the 3 things your must get completed that day
Because Sharing is caring, I have put together a playlist on my YouTube channel featuring all of the productivity videos I have found useful, including those from these lovely ladies. Go ahead, start learning and implementing, because it’s not too late to start rocking out 2016 and end with a bang.