Did you make any resolutions about getting things done this year? How are those going? Maybe you wanted to start focusing more on a certain area of your online business, or cut down on distractions like mindlessly surfing the Internet. If you have slipped a little in your resolve, don’t be discouraged. After all, the key to success is not to never fail, but to keep trying. So if you have resumed sleeping in in the mornings or are back to frittering half the day away online, it’s not the end of the world, it’s just time to double your efforts. Here are some things to try to maximize your productivity in the new year:
1. Shorten Your To-Do List
Is your daily to-do list a mile long? Are you discouraged day after day because you can hardly dent it? Try shortening it to a maximum of three tasks. When you sit down at your computer each day, ask yourself what you would really feel great about getting done by the end of your work day. Or conversely, ask yourself what you would kick yourself for not accomplishing that day. Then do it. And then remember how good it felt to be productive, and use that to your advantage going forward.
2. Know Your Weaknesses
If you really can’t ignore the siren call of the Internet while trying to get work done, consider signing up for software that locks you out of the Internet such as Freedom. Even if you think you don’t have a problem and that you can quit the Internet anytime, maybe you should just give it a whirl anyway. You might be surprised at just how often you jump around online while supposedly working. And if your weakness is (for some reason) not the Internet but some other time-waster, be aware of it and come up with ways to thwart yourself when you turn to it.
3. Stop Reading This
Well, finish reading it now that you’ve gotten this far, but once you’re done, get to work. It’s great to want to inform yourself about ways to be productive, but really the only way to get things done is to stop procrastinating and do them. Consider this your kick in the pants. Now go be productive!