My top 3 : three things that are making me WAY more productive this year
Optimize for Creative Work - By Jason Heath
A month into the new year, I wanted to share 3 things that made an impact on me in 2018 that I’m continuing to carry into 2019!
1.) NOT checking email first thing in the morning
This has been huge for me. Previously, I’d check my email while still in bed. I’d jolt into to-do mode before I even gave myself 3 minutes to wake up. Now, my phone lives across the room at night so I can’t reach for it first thing. After lots of trial and error, I’ve learned I need to give myself 1 ½ hours in the morning BEFORE I check my email to have the most productive day. This allows me to wake up and plan my day focusing on MY most important tasks instead of starting my day reacting to other people’s emails. After a year of NOT checking my email first thing, I’m less scattered, more focused and productive.
How I stopped wasting energy trying to be someone I'm not
Maintaining a musical career takes a lot of creative energy. Here are some tactics I employ nearly every day that ensure I am optimizing for peak creative work.
1. Know your biorhythms
I like waking up early, going to the gym, and making a high-protein breakfast. These two daily rituals set me up for great morning work.
My most complex tasks are scheduled in the morning. This is when I write, record podcasts, sketch out project plans, and practice my instrument.
Afternoons aren’t as creative for me, so this is when I handle my calendar, answer emails, and do work that doesn’t require as much creative spark.
Do nothing. Why adding this to your To-Do list could help you get more done
Writing these bloglettes is definitely a passion project of mine. I love discovering new ideas, researching, writing about and sharing them. But, since I launched this blog 7 months ago, it’s sometimes been like pulling teeth being consistent about writing and posting these.
If this is something I really love doing, why is it so hard for me to get it done?!
For a while I thought that it should be easy to sit down and artfully pump out these little bloglettes in one sitting. After all, it’s ONLY 350 words and I’m writing about subjects that I love! What could possibly be hard about that?
But this wasn’t happening.
Is it time for a cell phone cleanse?
Here’s something to add to your ever-growing to do list: Do nothing.
Sounds ridiculous, right? But what if this was the one thing that could actually help you get MORE done?
In the 5th chapter of his book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, Greg McKeown discusses why deliberately scheduling downtime with no phone, email or distractions is the most beneficial thing you can do to boost your productivity.
Take the stress out of email
Yes. I was that girl, sprawled out on the sidewalk after tripping because I was immersed in my phone and oblivious to my surroundings. Luckily no serious injuries ensued, but my acrobatic fall was a sharp wakeup call.
EMAIL. There’s always a lot of it and it’s so easy to feel swamped.
I recently read an incredible book called "Unsubscribe" by Jocelyn Glei. It’s a clever, quick read about the psychology of email and how to diffuse “email anxiety” so that you can be most productive.