Staying productive is probably one of the most determining factors for a content creator. However, sometimes it’s not easy to stay focused and maintain high levels of content creation, whether it’s articles, social posts, or videos. That’s why in this article I want to cover some best practices you can use to stay productive.
Here my 7 suggestions to keep high-productive levels:
- Develop a Morning Routine.
- Organize a To Do list.
- Set Goals.
- Take Breaks.
- Check emails and social media once a day.
- Use a Project Management tool.
- Stop Multitasking.
1- Develop a Morning Routine.
I have started testing the morning routine when I was living in London 4 years ago after reading the book “5 am Club”. I started to get up at 5 am, doing 30min of meditation and visualisation. To get focused on my life objective and clear my mind. Then train for one hour between jogging and gym. And finally, took a cold shower to regenerate my body and start the day with full energy. I have been experimenting with waking up at 5 am for about two months, but then I have maintained elements of that morning routine for the rest of my life, although now not as extreme. In fact, I still strongly believe that having a morning routine is essential to start the day in the right way.
2- Organize a To Do List.
Having a To Do List for the day it’s a fundamental factor to have your day organized and don’t waste your time. Organize your activities into urgent and less important ones. Do the more complicated tasks, which require more concentration, first thing in the morning and leave the rest of the activities in the afternoon hours. That way you can be sure to have things done and don’t have to postpone any task.
3- Set Goals.
Try to divide the macro goal into mini goals to be achieved on a weekly or monthly scale. This way you will be sure that you are on the right track.
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4- Take Breaks.
Chronic work stress is common, to avoid the so-called “Burnout”, it is essential to manage work schedules and allow yourself to have breaks. For instance, doing sports activities, Yoga or other practices that helps your body produce dopamine. A break for a run of as little as 30 minutes after 3-4 hours of deep work can help you tremendously in regaining lost focus and inspiration.
5- Check emails and social media once a day.
One of the most common causes of decreases in attention today is deriving from the thousands of stimuli we are subjected to. The digital world in general with particular reference to Social Media puts a strain on our concentration. For this reason, it is very important to try to use these means without being dominated by them. Checking social media and emails once a day (for example, in the morning) can be a good remedy for not being swallowed by these tools.
6- Use a Project Management tool.
As previously mentioned, being organized is an essential component to maintain a high level of productivity. This is why many online creators rely on project management platforms. Tools like Asana can make your work and life really easier; organizing your tasks in order of urgency and setting goals over time.
7- Stop Multitasking.
With the advent of the digital age, we have been indoctrinated that it is possible and effective to carry out several activities at the same time. Write an article while watching a video course and maybe check the traffic to your web page. There is nothing more wrong. Most of the time, carrying out multiple activities at the same time leads to not completing even one or in any case to do it with poor results.
These 7 tips represent core principles for me to stay productive throughout the day. Of course, I would add to all this in the medium-long term the element of inspiration and novelty for me represented by travel, music, reading and the arts. Being contaminated by new cultures, seeing, reading and learning about new things keeps us inspired, and it is essential to always try to maintain ourselves in a state of “eternal students and researchers”; don’t stop reading, travelling, researching and learning.