Once I drop the kids off to school in the morning I have about 4 hours to get my work done for the day. Some days it’s a little less due to other commitments but generally it’s around 4 hours.
Now in the past I’ve sat down to my computer with the intention of working and certainly I’ve ended up using my computer for the 4 hours the time was not productive. Distractions ruled! Those distractions were in the form of email, Facebook, videos and any other material that looked anyway interesting. And before I knew it time has passed and it’s nearly time to pick up the kids. Panic! Where did all that time go! What have I achieved? – nothing!
So now I’ve wised up! No more distractions or at least limit the distractions. Firstly, I always ensure that the night before I plan out the 3 tasks I need to focus on for the following day in order to be productive. Then the next morning after I return from the school drop off I get right to the tasks.
I love the Pomodoro Technique and find it works really well on helping me stay productive. About half way through the morning I allow myself some email/social media time but I never begin with this. I’ve learned the hard way that this is an almost guaranteed way to an unproductive morning. Nobody wants to feel unproductive.
So there you have it: defined tasks over defined amount of time and short breaks in between with a longer break about half way through. It takes some discipline at first but when I get into the flow of it and start to see how productive it makes my morning, the feeling of productivity wins over every time! I highly recommend it. 🙂
This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 5