How To Stay On Track With Your Workload
There is an abundance of time management tips on the internet, even from us alone, including…
However, as much as we love time management tips and hacks, sometimes you just need some habits to keep you in check.
Some habits that as long as you are executing and implementing consistently, you have no other option than to stay on track and be productive.
So in this post, we are going to share six concepts to introduce into your business life to stay on track.
90 Minutes a Day on The Business
Before you do anything else.
Before you look at social media.
Perhaps even before breakfast.
Do 90 minutes of concentrated, deep work on your business.
You may think that you have not got the time to do this, but without working on your business consistently, how are you going to grow at the rate you want to?
So ask yourself: What can you do to work ON your business?
Working on your business looks like, how can I improve the customer experience, how can I retain customers and what products can I create to serve my customer base, both new and existing better?
12 Week Year
There is a lot of fascination around planning to a 12-week schedule or 90-day process, from journals to books or wall planners it is quite a popular way of planning right now.
The 12 Week Year is a way of looking and planning your 12 weeks which apparently leads to more productivity overall.
It is about not wasting time but also breaking the overall goal down into weekly, actionable tasks.
Talking of weeks, a weekly review is designed to keep your whole life organised.
A time to disconnect to reconnect and get clearer on your direction.
A time to look over what went well (your wins) and what went not-so-well (your lessons) as well as things to streamline.
A weekly review can do wonders for mental health and productivity, so in my opinion well worth the time spent to carry it out.
The Calendar of Codes
Using your calendar as a to-do list has both pros and cons but what I love about this method is that it is super visual.
The method is simple:
Simply enter the tasks that need to be done on a regular basis.
Code them one colour for ‘to do’.
Code them another colour for ‘in progress’.
Code them a final colour to represent that they are ‘completed’.
Personally, I use red, orange, green, but I am aware for some people the use of red would only stress them out, but you do you!
But what this does is allows you to see (at a glance) where you are at with your recurring tasks. For example, I like to use this to see how far ahead/ on schedule/ behind I am on content such as mailers or blog posts.
Getting into a Hyperfocus state or ‘flow state’ is something I try to actively do every day. I even set time aside to do so.
I recommend that if you are just starting this process to start small with 5-15 minutes and build up.
Set the scene:
Make sure you have a drink to keep near. Not only is keeping hydrated important, but it will also prevent the need to get up and get distracted during your focus state.
Make sure you’re are comfy. Trying to get into flow state while you are uncomfortable is going to serve as a distraction in its own way.
Whether it is the lack or presence of music, think about it before you start your clock. I prefer silence when I am in a hyper-focus state, but if there is a lot of noise around me then I will put some music on that has no lyrics- a great tip if you want to ‘get into the zone’.
As I said, I prefer silence, which means I work best in a hyper-focus state in the morning, compared to 3 pm for example, where I can only really do light work.
An All In Solution
At any given moment in time, your mind will have a load of things to remember.
The issue with this is your brain should not be where you keep your do list, it should be utilised as a problem solver, a thinker, not a storage centre.
When we keep too much on our mind, we risk not only forgetting key things but also problems with our mental health.
So whether it is a to-do list, how we are feeling, or ideas, we must capture them in one place.
Ideally, that one place that has everything and is revisited regularly.
You need to create a system that your mind can trust.
There are loads of ways to do this, whether digitally, in notebooks or a hybrid of the two you need to create a process that works for you.
When I thought about this personally, I realised that I was not good at filing things away, then things would get lost, and the system would fall apart.
It wasn't until Ben, our CEO introduced me to the note-keeping app Bear, that the game changed.
To file something away in Bear, all you need to do is hashtag it. So for example #blogs.
It then automatically create the folder and stores the note. So for me, this was my pain point for staying organised sorted.
What is your pain point and how can you solve it?
So which one of these points suits you? What could you implement tomorrow or, even today?
Set a time in your diary right now, to implement one of these ideas and I am sure you will reap the benefits!
About the author
Chloe Slade is the Marketing Manager here at Cone and focuses on creating content that brings business and lifestyle together. Chloe is a keen makeup lover, foodie and loves to work from luxurious destinations.