I have discussed this with my own colleagues, and often. Between the social media posts, marketing strategies, client duties and collaborative opportunities it is easy to forget that there is a life to be lived somewhere in between all of that. That is precisely why I wanted to share with you some chic productivity tools to help you get over your creative working slump and on to a more focused road. However, what good is a tool if you do not know how to use it properly. What good will it bring to your productivity efforts if you do not use them to their full potential?
Why You Need Productivity Tools
Productivity tools are necessary because they help you outline what you need to get done. At SoVerve HQ, I still enjoy putting pen to paper. That is just how I roll. All of the apps in the world cannot possibly feel the way a felt tip pen feels on a Moleskine. There is something to be said for physically ticking off each of those checkboxes and marking a task: DONE! Instant gratification and it is often a wonderful propeller to get more things done. It’s a domino effect I thoroughly enjoy!
Another reason why you need productivity tools is that they get the job done. After all, there is a job to be done. Very rarely are people able to do so without some form of accountability tool to hold them accountable or keep them on track. I have clients who have been in business for over a decade, who only use paper planners. I also have clients, who are a lot like me, and use mostly digital tools to keep them on track.
Whichever your preferred method of tracking your time may be, remember that nothing will work unless you do. A big part of being productive is actually executing your tasks. This is where many people get it wrong. They mistook a “list everything I have to get done” session for productively planning their day. That is a recipe for failure. Instead, I like to use, and highly recommend, the Ivy Lee Method of productivity and here’s why.
Choose Three Daily Tasks To Increase Productivity
Operating are a digital marketing agency that is comprised of a remote team of millennials is a lot of fun, but it doesn’t come without its obstacles. With so many productivity tools and resources, people are craving for simplicity like never before. That is why the Ivy Lee Method for Productivity works! This method works like this:
- At the end of your day, you jot down six tasks you’d like to tackle the next day. Only six.
- The following day, you look at your tasks and determine the order of importance of each.
- You focus on completing one task at a time in order to increase your productivity.
- Remaining tasks not completed are rolled over to a slot in your “six” for the following day.
How easy and simple is that? This is precisely why I have decided to focus on just three main tasks each day. Once these are completed I can move on to passion projects, and/or client work. That is why notepads and visual planners that clearly provide space for these type of items is so important to my team!
Bringing It Full Circle
My suggestion to you is to, of course, find what best works for you and your work environment. What I have found is some peace in my daily routine and schedule by focusing on what is most important through the method stated above. There will be times you will be pulled in twenty different directions, but it is ultimately up to you to create consistency and clarity in your business, as well as in your daily routine!