The title on this blog post is in no way meant to suggest that you’re less productive if you drink coffee or sodas, or that you’ll be more productive if you don’t. Nor am I writing this post with the intention of helping people who are trying to get over a caffeine addiction try to find their way clear of the fog. Actually, whether you’re addicted to caffeine or not you can still have problems being productive. So sit down, grab a cup of coffee, or not, and I’ll give you some tips.
- Eliminate Distractions: Turn off the TV, your cell phone and your iPod. Close out email, Facebook, Skype and Twitter. If you have to, shut the door and hang a Do Not Disturb sign.
- Create A Routing: Treat it like a business because that’s what it ease. Start keeping regular hours – sit down at the same time every morning and turn your computer off at the same time every night. Take a lunch break and a couple of coffee (or not) breaks.
- Create A Daily To-Do List: At the end of every day, make yourself a list of things you need to accomplish tomorrow. That way you’ll be ready to work when you sit down at your computer in the morning. Then get yourself a weekly and monthly calendar and create an editorial calendar and a calendar for repeating tasks and one-time-only events. Be sure to schedule time with your family and friends.
- Keep A Notebook Handy: Get in the habit of jotting down important thoughts as soon as they come to mind. Blog post ideas, new marketing techniques, or even research you want to do – write it down as soon as you think of it, otherwise you know you’re just going to forget.
- Stop Checking Your Stats: Your stats aren’t going to change that drastically hour to hour. In fact, it’s pretty safe to only check them every other day, or maybe even once a week. Stop checking your stats every half-hour and set aside a block of time once a week on your calendar to allow you to take an in-depth look at key stats so you can really see what’s going on and what you need to do to make a difference.
- Stop Checking Your Email: Trust me. There’s not a person out there who expects an immediate answer to his email. Nobody. Most people expect it to take 24-48 hours before they see an answer. There is nothing so urgent in your email inbox that it can’t wait until the end of the day. Check your email once, at the end of the day, and deal with each email as you open it. If it can’t be dealt with before you’re done for the day, put it on your list of things to do tomorrow.
- Put The Coffeemaker On Your Desk: If you really want to save time put the coffeemaker right there on your desk and hook it up to a water source. Get a decorative canister to hold your coffee and a pretty mug to brighten your day. Unless, of course, you don’t drink coffee.