Haven’t shot a single video these past two days and I feel kinda bad for it, but at the same time, I didn’t feel like shooting one today either. Was having a blast this weekend, had put my business on the side a bit and now after a good rest, I try to get back into the flow and start creating value again. When you are resting you should rest, but when you are working you should work productively and that’s why I want to share this one productivity tip.
If you have activities that you need to do that take less than 5 minutes like writing an email, discussing something with a friend, getting your dog out for a walk, clean the dishes etc. then you should do them immediately. Take them off your mind and don’t let them distract you while you are working. It will help you have a clear mind and focus on your work.
Also, eliminating distractions is a key element to productive work. For example, if you are writing a blog post the words are just flowing and suddenly someone calls you and distracts you from your work. It’s estimated that it will take you 20 minutes to get back into the flow that you have experienced before the distraction. So, for 20 minutes you will look for the right train of thought again and will be working unproductively.
So, having these activities done before you start working for a longer period of time will help you eliminate distractions, have a clear and focused mind and ensure that you won’t wonder to those activities when you start feeling a bit tired of your work that you are doing. If activities like these occur while you are doing your most productive work then just put them aside, but the rule of thumb is that if it takes less than 5 minutes and you can do it now then do it. If you manage to eliminate distractions while you are working you will get way more done in the same amount of time, more blog posts written, more videos shot etc. which leads to more traffic and of course more sales. So, don’t take productivity lightly.