The following post was written by WeddingWire Education Expert Andy Ebon. Andy is the Founder of Wedding University and The Wedding Marketing Blog, and is an International Public Speaker, Writer and Consultant based in Las Vegas. Andy travels across North America and beyond, presenting to Associations, Wedding Industry Conferences, Regional Gatherings, and Local Meetings.
As a busy wedding professional, it’s important to maintain your productivity throughout the day – especially during busy season! While we all strive to be as productive as possible, some days can be particularly challenging. Review these 10 easy ways to keep you from falling into a productivity rut, and instead keep your business on the fast track.
Skip the Snooze Button
Pressing the snooze button seems to provide more rest to start in the morning in the moment, but that’s not necessarily so. When you first awake, your body releases energy getting you ready for the day. Returning to sleep can slow down the process and make you want to continue to hit the snooze button. Those extra minutes in bed can quickly add up!
Never Miss Breakfast
Getting the fuel we need doesn’t just mean sleeping well. By the time you wake up you likely haven’t eaten for 10 hours or more. The first meal of the day jump-starts your metabolism and replenishes blood sugar levels. Low blood sugar makes it harder to focus and more likely to feel tired, irritable, and impatient – which isn’t a great way to start your morning to do list! Beginning a day with a well balanced meal can help you start the day focused, energized and ready to dive into work, so breakfast should never be skipped.
Limit Random Web Surfing
It’s not hard to get distracted finding the answer to a random notion that just appeared in your consciousness by searching online, or feeling the need to check in on your favorite social network or online sites. When you get curious about something, just write down what you would like to check on and give yourself a designated time during the day to dedicate to these items. This will keep you on task, and give you ‘free time’ to look forward to.
When we feel overwhelmed, it’s not uncommon to turn to multitasking. However, when you are distracted by multiple items to do, you are not really multitasking in most cases; you are ‘task switching.’ Work to focus on one thing at a time, and check it off your list when done! Don’t allow yourself to ‘bounce around’ without a plan, as you will likely not complete anything in a timely and thorough manner.
Set Aside Time to Email
Checking email throughout the day is a killer. Each time you check email, it will take you time to get refocused on the task at hand. When you have a lot of work to do, consider blocking set periods of time each day to dedicate to responding and sending emails. This will enable to you to focus on your work at hand, then give your email your full attention.
Don’t Start Important Work Late
It’s easy to start the day with simple tasks and leave the tougher ones for later. While it may seem like a great idea at the time, overall this is not a good plan for your productivity. Often, the end of the day comes quickly, and your willpower is decreased. Important work may not get done in the day, or to the best of your ability, so it’s best to start on big and timely projects early.
Stay Active During the Day
Walking and exercising throughout the day keeps your blood flowing and your body and mind energized! When you are feeling tired, get up, get out, and take a quick walk. If it’s nice weather, fresh air can do wonders, or simply walk around your office or house and do a quick lap or task to help you re-set.
Never Skip Your Workout
Morning and afternoon workouts are superb for getting you in a great state of mind and keeping you healthy. Often, setting aside time to work out will give your day focus and structure. Some time it easier to get it done in the morning before your day gets busy, and others look forward to a post-work or mid-day workout to decompress. Find what works best for you and build these into your schedule like any other important meeting or task.
Don’t Over Plan
While having a “to do” list and staying organized is important, often over-planning your day will backfire. Instead, plan about half your day and then leave space for the surprises that pop-up. This will help set realistic expectations for yourself, and your client deadlines. Remember that there is always more work and only so many hours in a day!
Let Go of Extreme Perfectionism
While we all want our work to be perfect, often Perfectionists become Procrastinators. If you are always searching for your ideal work and making changes, you may not be moving through your tasks quickly enough to be productive. Focus on finding the sweet spot for doing excellent work and knowing when to consider a task done. It’s important to not get trapped in perfectionism that will hold your business growth back.
Hopefully these 10 tips inspired you to have a productive and fulfilling day! Remember to always aim to balance hard work and excellence with time taking care of you to build a strong and sustainable career ahead.