Are you tired of your endless to-do list? I’ve compiled a list of ways to get more done in your day. Whether you’re working from home, working out of the home or just looking to get more done, here are 6 hacks that really work.
This post is sponsored by Dunkin’ Donuts. I received product to facilitate this post. As always, all opinions are my own and I share things I think would be of interest to my readers.
Are you overwhelmed by your to-do list? Do you work all day but feel like you’re getting nothing done?
I’ll be the first one to admit to raise my hand and answer, “Yes!”.
There were times when I felt like I worked all day only to find my to-do list even longer than when I started. How can that be?
Earlier this year, I took some time to evaluate my workflow and identify ways that I could work smarter (not harder) and actually accomplish what I set out to do.
The usual suspects jumped out at me – things like turning off social media, getting up a 15 minutes earlier each day and learning to say, “No”. These are the things I knew I should be doing but, for whatever reason, didn’t always follow through.
I recommitted to these items and looked for other ways to be more productive. Here’s what I came up with:
6 Productivity Hacks That Really Work
- The list of three: This was probably the most revolutionizing action that I’ve taken to be more productive. Each day, I start with three items on my to-do list. Just three. No more. No less. When I cross off the third thing on my list, I feel like I’ve conquered the day. This gives me a sense of control that actually allows me to get more done. I feel motivated to start tackling other items that didn’t make the list.
- Eat the frog: This was probably the second most revolutionizing action I’ve implemented. All this simply means is to do the most daunting task first. Take the longest/hardest/most boring/uninspiring item on your list of three and knock it out first. You’ll feel so much better once it’s done and not looming over your head, just waiting to be pushed off to tomorrow.
- Plan the night before: I know this sounds simple, but by planning out my list of three the day before, I can get a jumpstart on my day. I jot down tomorrow’s three items before I finish up my day’s work.
- The 2 minute rule: This is actually something I discovered when my son was an infant. I remember standing around waiting for his bottle to warm. During those two minutes I found that I could empty the dishwasher, clean out the junk drawer and clean out my in-box . So many times I find myself putting things off because I think they will take longer than they really do. Set a timer for two minutes and see what tasks you can accomplish.
- Outsource: I’m a Type A kind of person so this is a new concept for me. I actually, discovered how effective it could be this summer when I decided to send out my son’s Cub Scout uniform to have the patches sewn on. Could I do it myself? Yes. Would it take me forever and frustrate me? Yes! Would my time be better spent with my family? YES! What tasks can you outsource?
- Change your venue: Sometimes, I find myself easily distracted when working from home. I procrastinate by doing laundry or unloading the dishwasher. To eliminate the distractions, I find somewhere else to work. Sometimes, it’s on my patio or sometimes, it’s a public place with wi-fi.
Another thing I do to help with productivity is to take a break. Small breaks throughout the day actually help me be more productive. The other day, I had a big deadline looming. I found that I was getting easily distracted at home and wasn’t focusing. I hopped in my car, turned on my favorite playlist and headed to my local Dunkin’ Donuts.
I picked up one of their new Belgian Waffle breakfast sandwiches.
They are made with slightly sweetened Belgian Waffles, with feature deep ridges and a golden brown exterior surrounding a fluffy interior. Sandwiched between them are cherrywood smoked bacon, egg and American cheese. You can even get sausage if you prefer (like I did).
I love that Dunkin’ Donuts’ full menu, including breakfast items, are available all-day. When I have writer’s block, I can easily grab my favorite sandwich and an iced coffee.
Dunkin’ Donuts is also launching a new mobile game – The Dunkin’ Donuts “Savor the Flavor” game. The game features a virtual scratch card that you can try once per day from August 24 through September 30, 2016.
Two lucky grand prize winners will get one year of free breakfast sandwiches. Additional daily prizes include a $5 virtual Dunkin’ Donuts gift card for one sandwich, or a $10 virtual Dunkin’ Donuts gift card for two sandwiches.