Being pulled in various directions is a daily reality of business owners. Meetings need to be had, bills need to be paid, marketing needs to be done, projects need to be finalised – not to mention any work for clients and customers that needs to get completed.
Plus, there are the continuous new ideas and strategies that need to be developed in order to keep your business growing.
With all of this, there needs to be something to help them stay on track and not fall behind. That is where productivity days come in.
What is a productivity day?
A productivity day is when you work on tasks and projects on your list, and not allowing for distractions throughout the day. You block off a whole day (or a big chunk of the day) to work on that list. You physically mark it in your calendar as “No Meetings – Productivity Day” or “Only Working on Projects” so you have a reminder to yourself, and anyone else that sees or uses your calendar knows you’re busy working on tasks, and nothing else gets scheduled.
How often should productivity days be had?
Productivity days can be weekly, fortnightly, monthly – whatever time frame you need to allow yourself to catch up and/or stay on track. You can even do half days (which is what I do) if that makes more sense to you as long as the time blocked off is a significant part of the day. Looking at your calendar a month in advance and blocking out this period ahead of time will ensure you make time for it as well.
What should be done on a productivity day?
Productivity days are the days you focus on any overdue or important tasks you haven’t had time to get to yet. The blogs you have been meaning to write, the newsletter you’ve been wanting to create, the new product or offering you want to implement – whatever they are, this is the time to get those done.
Why are productivity days so beneficial?
Productivity days are beneficial because they allow you to
1) focus and
2) finally complete tasks that have been hovering over your head for a while. These days are important for staying on track and then ultimately pushing your business forward toward where you want it to go.
Without these days, you are just stuck in a daily cycle, unable to get ahead, and without time to be creative or strategic for how to grow your business or improve for your clients/customers.
If you need help to tackle those daily back-end business tasks, let me know. I’d love to help.