The Lazy Girl's Guide to Be More Productive in Less Time
The Lazy Girl's Guide to Be More Productive in Less Time
One of the best ways you can be more productive in less time is to create less content! I don't mean to have less content or value to offer. I simply mean to maximize what you've already created!
When you repurpose your content, each piece goes farther, saving you time and energy required to create new content.
You're still sharing value and spreading your service and message, but it takes less work and time (which can then be spent doing things that matter more to you, like spending time with your friends and family and supporting your clients!).
I use a content tracker to keep track of the content I've created, where I've shared it, which types of content have been the most widely useful, and which places (groups, boards, etc) have been the best platforms for me to share my content.
You can get your own (free) copy of my content tracker to start leveraging the content you're already creating here!
SCHEDULE THINGS OUT
You don't have to post everything manually! Learning that and discovering specific scheduling applications has been such a lifesaver for me!
Whether it's because I'm preparing to take some time away from my computer for vacation or because I just want to work ahead for that extra peace of mind, I love being able to schedule my content ahead of time!
I personally leverage scheduling options to plan my blog content, Facebook business page content (a portion, anyway), Facebook group content (my group only, some of the content), Instagram content, and Pinterest content.
How do I do it?
I use the Facebook scheduling option (the little clock next to the "post" button) for my business page and the group I run. That way I can schedule posts out for any day and time I want!
I use Tailwind to schedule pins for Pinterest (including pins for group boards and Tailwind tribes).
I use Buffer to schedule Instagram content.
I create outlines for all my blog and video content at least a month at a time (ideally three months at a time).
And I do it all in just two hours!
How? With the methods I explain in my course, Conquer Your Copy, complete with video tutorials and links for all the resources I suggest! You can learn more about the course and grab your spot here.
I'm all about simplifying and leveraging strategies to make our lives, homes, and businesses run more smoothly and cause us less stress.
One of the ways I do that is by creating reminders for things so I don't have to do the work to remember everything I want to accomplish myself.
I have a paper planner to keep track of daily tasks, but I also love the Todoist app and browser extension I use for recurring tasks and tasks with links.
It allows me to set tasks to come up every Monday, every other Saturday, or every last Friday of the month. It lets me categorize the tasks into projects and move them around if I change my mind about when I want to do them.
And it lets me add links in the to-do list items so I can have shortcuts. For instance, if my to-do list item was to post in a specific group for their daily prompt (like Promo Thursday) each week, I could include a link to the group in my to-do list item to save time hunting it down.
Using apps and planners to remind me of what needs to be done frees up the mental energy required to try to remember everything myself. And it could help you do the same!
Routines are true lifesavers!
Routines allow us to get things done without having to think so much about them.
When we group tasks together and make them a habit, we don't have to actively think about getting them done.
For instance, when was the last time you forgot to take a shower before going to bed at night or heading off for work in the morning? I'm guessing it's been a while.
Or when did you last forget to grab your coat or keys before leaving your house? Because you need them, you remember to take them.
If we tie together other activities and make them indispensable parts of our days, we won't have to actively remember to do them.
For instance, we could choose to put away the clean dishes while dinner cooks. Or unload the dishwasher before dinner so it can be loaded up after dinner's over.
We could establish a morning routine that allows us to create our content first thing (with a great cup of coffee or tea to wake us up), check email for a specified length of time, and then engage on social media once we've done our own creative work.
We could even combine a fun task with a not-so-fun task to make it more enjoyable! I like to listen to podcasts while cleaning my house, and wanting to get caught up on podcasts always makes me consider whether my house needs to be cleaned again because the two are connected for me.
SIMPLIFY & ELIMINATE TASKS
Another tip is to straight-up simplify and eliminate tasks from our lists so there's less to do in the first place.
I see this as going deep vs. wide.
Instead of being involved in twenty Facebook groups here and there when we have the energy, we could be involved in five of them twice a day, engaging more meaningfully.
Instead of trying to grow our email list, Facebook group, get business page likes, grow our Instagram following, get more Twitter followers, and get more reach on Pinterest all at once, we could scale back and focus on fewer goals at one time, making a bigger impact on those chosen platforms.
We could decide that our house doesn't need to be cleaned twice a week, or maybe even once a week (I don't have pets or kids, and the house is generally pretty tidy, so that's a possibility for me).
We could choose to skip that extra hobby we're considering, make simpler meals, not try that shiny new platform, or even let someone else do the grocery shopping, meal prep, or wardrobe coordination for us!
BLOCK YOUR TIME
Have you heard of time-blocking?
It's this wonderful concept that allows us to decide how we're going to spend our time-- specifically by having us set aside (or "block") certain chunks of time for certain activities.
You can block out time to write.
You can block out time to clean your house.
You can block out time for coffee with a friend.
You can block out time to exercise.
You can block out time to read.
You can block out time to meaningfully engage with people on social media.
The beauty of time blocking is twofold:
- You get to decide how you're going to spend your time, and how much time you're going to allocate to each activity.
- You get to allow interruptions and distractions to go by or wait until your time's up.
As you're time blocking, it's important to focus on one thing at a time.
We're gradually coming to terms with the fact that we're not as good at multitasking as we once believed. Sure, we can do two things at once-- but only if one of those is on autopilot.
We can only FOCUS on one thing at a time.
So if you're trying to write a blog post and talk to your significant other, one thing is going to get dropped.
If you're trying to have a conversation on the phone and read your email, one or the other won't get the attention it deserves.
If you're trying to listen to a new podcast and make dinner and do laundry and clean the house and send out those emails, you just might start yourself on fire.
We do better work when we focus on one thing at a time.
When we give ourselves permission to just sit with one thing and work it through to the end (whether it's a conversation with a friend that's running over, a household chore that's hit a snag, or a new email series for the business), we'll feel more accomplished! We will have actually finished something instead of starting (and abandoning) six different things that are still unfinished at the end of the day.
So there you have it, The Lazy Girl's Guide to Be More Productive in Less Time: repurpose content, schedule things out, use reminders, create routines, simplify & eliminate tasks, block your time, and single-task.
I hope you found these tips helpful! I'd love to hear which was your favorite!
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