When business needs a boost, it may be related to how your productivity is going each day. You may need to improve your productivity to improve business but you’re not quite sure how to do it. You may have the best apps and computer programs to help with productivity but they don’t seem to work for you.
It might be time to go old school and try something as simple as the good old pen and paper. Rather than trying to find another app or tech hack to get yourself in the zone each day, try these old-school strategies that really work like a charm.
Start using sticky notes
You may use sticky notes on your tablet or laptop all the time, but do you ever remember to look at them? Sometimes a physical sticky note by your workspace is all it takes to remember what has to get done today and what one-time projects have to get done.
You may have forgot that today your blog was supposed get written and you were supposed to grab milk on the way home from work. With a simple sticky note, you can write them down every day and you’ll get in the habit of jotting down your next to-do. They are great for daily reminders and writing great ideas down for later. The most successful people write things down.
It may sound silly but did you know that reading more books will boost your productivity? It’s time to take a few reading breaks in your day and cut back on TV time. Watching TV causes you to feel more passive about your time and decrease your interest in accomplishing things. Reading a book is more active of an activity and will teach you something or make your mind work. It will keep you feeling productive while a TV will tell your body it’s time to relax.
Write in a notebook
If you don’t want sticky notes everywhere and you still like the idea of writing with a pen more, get a notebook for business. You can track your time-consuming goals more easily and take it with you everywhere. It’s great to have a written plan for your day and week in a handy notebook. Sometimes you need to turn off the phone or refresh your memory at a red light and it’s safer to flip into a notebook compared to your smart device. Accomplish the goal and crossing it off with a pen will feel so good and inspire more productivity.
Remember how well report cards worked in school to keep you motivated? You wanted that A, or at least you wanted to avoid an F, so you worked harder to get that great score. Keep a weekly score card in order to make sure your most important tasks get done this week.
Choose 15 important goals in the week, check off the tasks each day as you complete them, and make sure by the end of the week the score card was done. If you see yourself crossing goals off left and right, you’ll feel accomplished and able to relax. It will encourage more productivity and shooting for higher goals next week.
Consider these old-school strategies when you just need a way to boost your productivity.