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Whether you work from home or go to work at an office, everyone needs a good roundup of effective productivity tips. Productivity can be challenging living in a digital world. We get distracted and sometimes very unorganized in the process, I know I do occasionally. Having a home office is a blessing for me as a mother and wife, I get to spend more time with my kids. However, this also means I have to multi-task in all my roles, being a mother, wife, blogging and working a makeup artist. Paper still plays a huge role in my productivity and I am going to show you how I do it and remain effective.
1. Write Things Down In Paper
I am a firm believer that writing things down in paper is the best way to keep accountable and effective in every capacity. Everyday I scribble ideas and my To-Do’s in a notepad. Having a fun, colorful and motivational notepad is a bonus and my Knock Knock Goals notepad keeps me accountable. I also love using General Pencil company pencils, you can erase and make your life much easier this way too (plus they are pre-sharpened with eraser).
2. File Your Documents Colorfully
Let’s face it, we all have tedious papers, bills, documents, contracts and such. As a blogger and makeup artist, I do my own accounting/ filing. Keeping a paper trail of everything is a good practice for freelance people like myself. Filing and keeping papers organized is a must and I love using Carson Dellosa file folders, they are colorful and and reversible.
3. Be Thankful
Practicing gratitude is something I do daily. Part of my gratitude ritual includes handwriting Thank You cards. A handwritten note goes a long way. Each time my son has a birthday party, he has the habit of sending his friends Thank You notes, my son is 10 years old. Erin Condren makes beautiful blank Thank You notes. Did you know that writing Thank You notes and being grateful is good for your brain?
4. Use A Planner
Keeping a planner and writing your daily/ weekly goals will keep you productive. Guess what? A handwritten planner like Panda Planner has endless benefits, is easy to carry and needs no batteries. I also love that Panda Planner incorporates gratitude, goals, affirmations and priorities. Writing things down in your planner will help you remember your tasks.
5. Take Advantage of Self Help Books
Being self employed, I am perpetually interested in learning and gaining insights from more seasoned pros. “Rework” by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson is a super fun read, chockfull of wisdom and tips on how to be more productive and think about the bigger picture.
6. Put Your Phone Away
I am way more productive when I ignore my phone. When I am working on a makeup job, my clients don’t want me on the phone, this is 100% a fact. Unless I am at an event where social media is required, I do best when I am less distracted and more present. Whenever I have a blogging deadline, I put my phone away too. Most times, I will hand write my outline and this is the best way to get my work done.
Do you have any productivity tips? Tell me in the comments section.