I don’t know about you, but this week has been a total loss, professionally. Typically, I can crank out project after project and adhere to a timeline with respective deadlines and revisions without breaking a sweat. This week, not so much.
Once I realized that I had a backlog, I took a closer look at those backlog items. Most were simple revisions. They would take time, research and, possibly, re-formatting, but each one was a handful of hours, each. There were just so many. Additionally, we are in the middle of several home improvement projects. So, multiple, simultaneous client projects at the same time as multiple personal projects.
Today, however, I am killing it! What changed, you ask? I did. I changed my location. Clearly there are too many distractions at home right now. So, I am at the coffee shop, producing like crazy. Three client projects. Done! Three blogs and vlogs. Done!
I share this with you today because I believe we all reach these seasons in life and work where there is just too much. Too much clutter, disorganization or work itself. Taking the time to analyze the bottleneck in productivity is critical but was something I never used to take the time for. In my time at brick-and-mortar positions, I was pretty good about asking for one or two days a week to work from home or the coffee shop. Those were days I prized, because my productivity doubled – if not tripled. Not to mention the enhanced quality of my work on those days out of the office because I could give laser-focus to my work.
Are you having trouble with productivity? Try changing something about your work routine, location or environment. You will be surprised what taking a deep breath, analyzing the problem and making a small change will do for your results.
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