Do you want know the one thing that has helped me create more products and be more productive this last month? Hint: it’s not a tool on the computer, nor an app you can download.
Before I tell you what helped me the most, let me set the scene for how I had been working on TPT products for a while.
I have a full time job during the day and I do all my TPT work at night. After the kids are in bed, and dishes washed, I open my computer. All the tabs and applications from the previous night are still open. This means I can continue from the exact point I left off from the previous night. However, most nights I finish with either Twitter, e-mail or Facebook. It sometimes still is for work purposes, but I find they don’t require as much mental energy as creating products does.
I then try and refocus my attention after being distracted for while, on what I really came to do. My most productive time had already been spent though. I found myself getting to bed later and later every night, but getting less and less work done.
You can see the problem there don’t you? That means the next time I open the computer, twitter, Facebook and e-mail are the first things getting my attention. Those sites are notorious to draw me in for a while. Before getting to working on my products, I am spending my most productive time on social media and answering e-mails.
The one thing I did that changed everything for me, now happens BEFORE I open my computer to work.
It’s sound so simple and obvious now that I write it down, but it has been so effective.
Before I open up my computer, I write down the most important things I want to get out of my work session on a piece of paper.
I put a little checkmark next to each item, and the amount of time I think I will be spending on it. If it is a bit vague, I will think about it for a while, and maybe write down a few subtasks. Only when I have a clear action plan in my mind of what I want to do, and how I am going to do it, how long I think it will take, will I then open my computer. I am now focused to complete only those items. As soon as they are done, I shut off my computer again.
I don’t find myself going to bed frustrated anymore that I have wasted time and got nowhere. I know that each of these little tasks I complete stack up over time. If I do that consistently, these little tasks add up quite quickly and I look back and think, wow I am actually progressing a lot more with all of my products.
Turns out the best way for me to publish more products and content are not tech related at all, but a simple pen and paper activity that enables me to focus better.
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