9 Tips to Increase Productivity

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To increase productivity when you’re working on your own can be hard to do. Especially when you’ve got to do it on a daily basis. Staying motivated and productive is hard for all freelancers. In this blog, you’ll learn how to increase productivity in your daily life using these 9 tips.

  1. Develop a habit
  2. Get inspired
  3. Take regular breaks
  4. Exercise
  5. Remove distractions
  6. Be in tune with your body clock
  7. Get ready
  8. Drink water
  9. Be intentional

After you’ve used these 9 tips you’ll be setting yourself up for success every day whilst taking care of your physical and mental health.

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Develop a habit

Developing a habit for working from home takes time, consistency, and perseverance.

Develop a habit by choosing to do one new thing that will help you to increase productivity.

When this new habit becomes instinctive to do, then develop a new habit to increase productivity.

Get inspired

Get inspired by listening to a podcast, reading blogs, and networking with people who inspire you. Inspire you to where you want to be both personally and professionally.

Get further inspired and motivated with these 5 podcasts for productivity

Take regular breaks

Instead of taking the long lunch break, take short mini breaks throughout your working day.

If you’re someone who after a lunch break is feeling sluggish and lose motivation to keep working, mini breaks are ideal for you.

Schedule in a mini break after each big task you do.

Exercise

Exercise? Don’t you need to do a full-on gym workout?

Instead, do a little bit of exercise for 5 – 15 minutes. 5 – 15 minutes of a gentle walk, bicycle ride, or do some home workouts.

By doing exercises you can increase productivity by 72%.

Remove distractions

Working from your sofa can be hard to do. You’re in a place where you would normally watch the TV or mindlessly scroll through social media.

Work more effectively by setting up a home office. A dedicated space for your freelance business.

Be in tune with your body clock

Everybody has a different body clock, although there are 2 specific types of body clocks. Which do you identify yourself with?

  1. Night Owl
  2. Early Bird

Nothing is wrong with being a night owl, not everybody needs to be an early bird. You’re not lazy if you are a night owl.

Everybody needs to work when they are at their optimum time to focus on their work. When you work at your personal best time of day, you increase productivity.

This situation obviously, cannot always work if you have to work specific times. For example, once I worked doing appointment setting and I had to work specific times the client wanted me to do the phone calls. Long story short, it didn’t work out as I couldn’t work when I was at my best.

After all, we’re running a freelance business. We want to be able to work the hours that we want to work.

So, always check with your client if they have specific times of day they want you to work.

Get ready

Get ready and put yourself in the right frame of mind. When we go out to a job, we get ourselves ready for the day. We don’t turn up in our pajamas.

No, we show up looking like a professional. You need to use this mindset for your freelance business.

Here are 4 quick tips on what you can do before you start working on your freelance business.

  1. Get dressed into an outfit that makes you feel good and professional
  2. Clean your face
  3. Do your makeup (even it’s just some foundation, mascara, or a bit of lippy)
  4. Sort your hair out and style it like your a boss

Drink water

Stay away from that coffee! Drink water instead throughout the day, especially when you’re working. According to BrainMD, by drinking water you are

  • Brain function
  • Making your muscles stronger
  • Hydrates your skin making it youthful

Most importantly by drinking water, you increase productivity which can only benefit your freelance business.

Be intentional

Be intentional with your time by allocating specific time to do

  • Replying and Sending Emails
  • Social Media
  • Marketing
  • Doing Client Work

By being intentional with your time, you’re more focused on the task at hand. Not being distracted by what’s going on everywhere else.

On social media, we’re even more distracted with conversations and funny videos. Instead, you need to be on social media working it like a boss.

5 steps to help you work social media like a boss

In A Nutshell,

Even if you absolutely love what you’re doing, there are times when you won’t. Using the 9 tips, you won’t just increase productivity but it will help keep you motivated.

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