Improve Your Productivity - Step 3: Develop a Routine That Fits Your Lifestyle

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Improve Your Productivity - Step 3: Develop a Routine That Fits Your Lifestyle

Sometimes you might be so overwhelmed with finishing all the tasks on your to-do list and think you need to hire a personal assistant to organize your online work. After reading the second post in our series on productivity, Improve Your Productivity – Step 2: Banish Distractions, you may have started to take charge of getting your work life in order by following the tips in that article.

If so, you’ve taken a big step in the right direction. But keep in mind that no one can tell you the best way to organize your work life. Getting and staying organized is a matter of developing a personal routine that fits your personality and lifestyle.

Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, it’s not.

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Online Tools?

A friend of yours might have praised an online tool that helped her get so organized that she now has extra time each day for relaxation or shopping. There are numerous online tools that promise the moon and the stars, but what works great for one person often doesn’t work for another.

That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try the program your friend recommended. You’ll know pretty quickly whether it suits you. Just don’t try to force the issue.

Know Yourself

In order to develop a routine that works best for you, ask yourself some questions to understand what part of your daily routine needs improvement.
  • Are you always running later than you planned?
  • Do you find it difficult to follow through on tasks?
  • Would a gentle reminder help you stay focused?
  • Are you a procrastinator?
You can think of other pertinent questions. Once you’ve determined where you need to improve, look for online tools that focus on those areas.

Improve Your Productivity - Step 3: Develop a Routine That Fits Your Lifestyle

Collaboration Can Be Good

Even if you work alone and like it that way, informal collaboration when you find yourself stuck on a problem can uncover solutions that you hadn’t thought about. A friend might casually mention something that inspires you to see the issue in a new light. Or sometimes just hearing your thoughts out loud can shed new light on the issue. Don’t hesitate to use a friend as a sounding board.

Tips

No matter what your lifestyle is like, there are a few general tips that can help you develop your own routine.
  • Scan incoming material (emails, online content, etc.) to determine whether it’s actually useful to you. Be ruthless – delete, delete, delete.
  • Don’t clutter your inbox with material that might be useful to you in the future. Instead, file the material in folders with useful folder names that will make it easy to find pertinent information later.
  • Track your habits to understand yourself better – an understanding that will lead to an improved daily routine. Know what times of the day you are naturally the most productive, and design your routine with that in mind.
  • If you’re someone who finds social media to be a huge distraction, limit your social media involvement during your working hours to programs that assist your work. Social media that you do for fun should be done during personal time.
These ideas are just to get you started. You can probably think of other ways that will help you develop your own routine. Remember – looking at what works for others can inspire you, but be sure to concentrate on what will work for you.

Read Improve Your Productivity – Step 1: Adopt a Positive Attitude to discover how your attitude can help you become more productive.

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