You sit down at your computer. You are all ready to start working and you aren’t quite sure what to focus on first. Does this sound like you? So, you sip your tea or coffee as you stumble down the rabbit whole on Facebook then suddenly realize you’ve just wasted 45 minutes. Yikes!
Then you check your email because at least that feels productive. Maybe you finish up some of the work you started the day before and then go back to check your email.
By now, it’s mid-morning and you haven’t really accomplished anything. This is NOT how productivity works.
If you read about the most successful entrepreneurs, they all have one trait in common: they all wake up early and bang out their most important tasks before the rest of the world wakes up.
I believe productivity comes down to two things:
1. Planning your day the night before.
2. Sticking to a rigid morning routine.
This is a good, repetitive system that anyone can follow to become consistently rhythmic every single day.
Plan Your Day the Night Before
What is your evening routine? You create an evening ritual and run through it as your last work task for the day or after the kid’s go to bed in the evening.
The most important part of your evening ritual is to create your to-do list for the following day.
Plan your day the night before.
When you plan your day the night before, you are doing a brain dump and can relax in your downtime. Your subconscious is working for you because you’ve laid out the plan for the next day.
How do you do this?
Start by doing a brain dump of everything swirling around in your head. Once you have a list down- then you can organize the list into categories – personal, finance, admin, marketing, etc.
Choose one to two of the most important actions from your brain dump list to complete first thing in the morning. Examples of these are the actions that make you money: writing, program creation, marketing and sales. Not surfing Facebook or even posting to social media.
Once you do this- you will be able to end your workday with a calm mind and you will be able to be present at home- without your brain working overtime.
The Morning Of
You sit down at your laptop or computer and review your To-Do list. Since you’ve planned out your day the night before, you know the exact tasks you need to work on. There is no surfing Facebook, checking email or writing your To-Do list in the morning.
You have clearly defined goals for the day. You get to work on the first task. No exceptions!
Once you’ve completed the first and even second task on your To-Do list and feel productive- it doesn’t matter what else distracts you because you’ve taken action to propel your business forward and first thing in the morning.
Being productive comes down to having easy to follow rituals that you repeat day- in and day- out. It does take self-discipline and the right mindset. When you practice this 2-step productivity plan, the rituals and behaviors turn into a habit. That’s when being productive becomes easy.