21+ PRODUCTIVE THINGS TO DO WHEN YOU ARE STUCK IN A RUT

Are you looking for productive things to do but are stuck in a rut and need help?  I have to admit that this happens to me at least once a week!  I wish I were kidding but I’m not.  So this post is about 21+ productive things to do when you are stuck in a rut.

 

As well as getting stuck in a rut there are also things you can do to improve your productivity when you do get back in to the swing of these.  This post on 21+ productive things to do can be used any time or for any mood you may be in.

 

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So here is the post on 21+ productive things to do.  I’d love to know what you think of these.

 

  1. Set yourself small daily goals, ticking off just one thing will make you feel great.
  2. Do your worst task first, this again gives you a sense of achievement and stops procrastination in its tracks!
  3. Prepare for your tasks the night before so you can get stuck in as soon as you are ready.
  4. If you still can’t face a task give yourself a time-limit.  This can be a 15 minute chunk of doing that task.  Before you know it the task will be complete.
  5. Tidy desk, tidy mind.  Clear up any clutter from your workspace.  It will make you feel better and ready to face the tasks.productive things to do
  6. Prioritise your tasks.  We all think multi-tasking is the best way – it’s not.  Concentrate on one task at a time until that is complete, tick it off and move to the next.  It’s more productive.
  7. Find tools that will help you automate repetitive tasks.  You can head over to my blog post on how bloggers are rocking it by automating some tasks to find out more.
  8. Add in some tasks you enjoy.  Mix your tasks up by ensuring you add in some things you enjoy doing, the mixture will keep you on track and motivated.
  9. Turn off your notifications.  I know a controversial one!  However, you will never get a task finished if you keep checking your social feed.
  10. Exercise.  This will help keep you calm and stress free.  Also try and work it in to your daily routine.  If you need some tips on staying healthy read my blog post on simple steps to staying healthy.  productive things to do
  11. Drink water.  Another tip like exercise and drink plenty of water.
  12. Make the most of travelling.  If you use public transport, make the most of it to finish or work through tasks rather than checking social media.
  13. Stay positive.  Give yourself a break and think of all the things you have achieved and are doing.  Be positive about all these things.
  14. Write down your goals.  We often need reminded as to why we are doing something.  Write your dreams, goals and how you are going to achieve these, it’s a great motivator.
  15. Verbalise affirmations.  This can often seem a little silly but it does work.  What are you good at?  Say these out loud.  You will feel more confident – honestly 🙂 productive things to do
  16. Change your environment.  Change where you are doing your work just for a while to see if that helps you get more done.  I know going in to a different room can often help me.
  17. Meditate.  You can now get free podcasts to help you relax.  Try meditating even for 2 minutes, it will make all the difference.
  18. Talk.  Talk to a friend, see if they can help or even just talking about your productivity will help you.
  19. Create auto responses to emails.  That way you don’t have to feel the pressure of replying immediately!
  20. Collaborate.  Are there people doing the same things as you or similar.  Can you work together to get certain tasks completed?  A great way to share ideas and resources to get much more work done.
  21. You can’t do it all.  There are only 24 hours in the day so you need to realise you can’t do it all.  Delegate or just let some things go.
  22. Get up early.  Try and get up 15 minutes early and use the time to meditate or get prepared for the day ahead.

 

 

These are just a few productive things to do if you feel stuck in rut for whatever reason.  Do you have any other productive things that could be added to the list?  Let me know if the comments below as I’d love to hear from you.

 

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5 Tips to Work Smarter as a Creative One Woman Entrepreneur

Being a Creative One Woman Entrepreneur is rewarding as well as equally tough. When your business just comes down to you and the one pair of hands that you have, you really need to work as smart and efficient as you can.

In this article, I am going to give you 5 tips that you can implement in your business to free up your time as much as possible.

Remember that whatever tips you put into place, you need to set realistic goals from the outset. Setting goals that are not realistic are going to add to your overwhelm. They will add to your sense of dissatisfaction in not being able to achieve your daily, weekly or monthly goals.

 

5 Tips to Work Smarter as a Creative One Woman Entrepreneur

Plan Ahead

Start your day by knowing what you are going to be doing! At the end of each working day, I plan out what I am going to do the next day. I work out what my priorities are. I have two lists. The first is “must be done and urgent / timed deadlines” and the second is “want to do”. Set yourself no more than 3 things on that list. This will give you a sense of achievement when you complete those 3 things. If there is more time in the day and your list is complete, you can add something from your “want to do” list. Working on your business or improving some skills, doing some research, for example.

It is easy to see that putting 10 items on your “to do” list that day is going to leave you downhearted and miserable with no sense of achievement. So do be realistic! Using this method will mean that you are not wasting time when you get to your desk in the morning and you can get started straight away.

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Manage Your Productivity

One of the best ways to manage your productivity is to break your task list down into manageable bite sized chunks. Set aside short time elements to focus and complete a task with a short break afterwards. A great example of this is The Pomodoro Technique. A short burst of focused task time, followed by a short rest.

Stop procrastinating and putting things off. Put the job that you hate most at the top of the list for that day and do it first! You will feel an utter sense of achievement first of all and pure relief that you did it and actually, it wasn’t so bad after all. A friend of mine refers to this as “eating the frog” so go and get those frogs eaten!

 

Schedule Your Social Media

This one is a no brainer! Your time will be more effective when you focus on this one task once a week. There are some great software tools out there, like Buffer and Hootsuite which allow you to schedule posts ahead on various social media platforms. You can do all your social media for the week ahead for all platforms or you can focus on one platform at a time.

If you enjoy participating in Twitter #hours, then you can schedule your participating tweets ahead of time. This leaves you free to chat and interact with other businesses when it is “real” time. One piece of advice, if you schedule ahead for #hours, make sure you actually do join in and not post and run!

 

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Schedule Your Time

Once your social media is scheduled you can log off! Set times aside during the day when you can “check in” and respond to any interaction you get. Give yourself a set time to do this, then log off and carry on with your work. I promise you, you will feel more efficient doing it this way!

Apply this to your emails as well. Check in a few times a day and respond, then log off and move away. Allow yourself a set time to do this. Who says you have to check your emails first thing in the morning? Maybe do the tough task on your list first then check your emails.

Do not allow yourself to disappear down the “rabbit hole” of social media and email checking. Save links to read later. Facebook have this facility now for articles and posts you read, click and save. For interesting website links you can use Evernote or Pocket to save articles that you can read later. Create folders with topic names so you can find them easily.

 

Delegate

When you are a Creative One Woman Entrepreneur, your life can become very overwhelming. So overwhelming, you feel that you are not coping very well and you are heading for burn out! If that is you, or you can feel that is happening to you, perhaps it’s time to think about getting some help.

There are businesses, like mine, who can help you do just that. People like me can take some of the workload off your plate and do it for you. It is a very scary thought, to think about trusting someone with your business but if you find the right person, working together can be an amazing success. The right person will understand you and your business.

Start with the tasks that you don’t enjoy or are not very confident with and see how someone else can help you. This can take the pressure off and give you the freedom to grow your business and bring in new ideas!

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If you need help and assistance about any of the topics discussed in this article or need to investigate in hiring another “pair of hands” to help you reduce your overwhelm and help you work smarter, then feel free to get in touch with me, Imogen Allen to see if I can help.

 

Thank you to Ellen for giving me the opportunity as a Guest Blogger on E L Feelgood’s Vintage Boutique & Lifestyle Blog

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