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If you want to be productive, you need to set yourself up with a routine, implement effective productivity tools, and seek support when you need it. These three pillars will free up your time to focus on what’s important to you and your business.
We took a look back at the resources we’ve shared previously to create this “best of” collection of tips to get you moving on a more productive path. Read on for everything from best practices for your inbox & schedule management to sourcing experienced virtual assistants to take over routine tasks.
One of the most important parts of increasing your productivity is to set a routine. With a routine in place you know exactly what’s happening each day and where you can be flexible for last minute or unexpected urgent tasks that arise. Setting up a routine requires effort but it’ll save you considerable time in the future. To begin, let’s review the key elements of an impactful routine.
Read our full article on best practices for structuring your day here: Fall back into a productive routine.
Don’t wait until Spring or Fall to organize your digital workspace. It doesn’t take long for files to pile into disarray, which results in wasted time searching for what you need.
Read our full article on organizing your digital workspace: Spring cleaning tips for your digital workspace.
Let me guess – you’ve got 189 unread emails sitting in your inbox as you read this article? The more your inbox fills up; the more your anxiety rises and procrastination begins to set in. We all know that procrastination is where productivity goes to die, so be PROactive and create an inbox & schedule management system before procrastination takes hold.
Read our full article on inbox & schedule management here: Creating an executive email management system.
We promise you don’t need boxing gloves for this step! Timeboxing, simply put, is a fixed period of time you allocate for a planned activity. It sounds simple, but there’s an art to perfecting time management with the timeboxing method. The 7 steps listed below are a good starting place, just remember that consistency is key!
Read our full article on time management here: Can timeboxing increase productivity?
Digital tools are fantastic for increasing productivity, but only when you stick to the essentials. Avoid ‘app fatigue’ by limiting the amount of tools you use on a daily basis. We’ve made it easy with a list of our top paid tools and top free tools designed for busy executives and their staff.
Read our full article on paid productivity tools here: 7 productivity apps to level up your game.
Read our full article on free productivity tools here: 7 free tools to help you grow your small business.
Bonus free tool: Loom, Lately, our team had been loving how quick and easy it is to create quick videos to explain concepts or provide updates to others. Loom lets you record your screen and a video of yourself talking at the same time. Most of the time, it’s far more time-efficient than a meeting. Plus you can use the recording over and over again!
As much as you may want to do everything yourself because you know how to do it best; you shouldn’t. Wasting time completing tasks which don’t drive your business forward is a common error many leaders and executives make. Experienced virtual assistants are adaptive and quick to learn your business needs and your personal working style so they can hit the ground running. Trust the delegation process and let go! Here’s some quick delegation tactics to help you determine what can be delegated and what can’t.
Read our full article on delegation here: If you want something done – delegate.
Now that you understand the basics of productivity, it’s time to take it to the next level with our free eBook. Learn how to create a custom productivity routine for yourself, identify and eliminate your productivity killers, and gain strategies to fight distractions that plague your day.