3 Simple Productivity Tips to Help Your Hustle
It can be easy to get caught up in the people watching when working out of a coffee shop. It’s even easier to get caught up in the everyday duties when working from home. Distractions can even take place within the Coworking space. Here are a few things that you can do to alleviate some of the distractions.
Invest in headphones.
Plug in your headphones or connect them via Bluetooth and away you go. Headphones are a visual representation to others that you’re “in the zone”. It also helps keep you focused. Many times, the conversation next to us sounds really interesting, and we lose sight of what we’re supposed to actually be doing. Do yourself a favor and tune out others so that you can get your stuff done.
Punch List/To-Do List
For some of us, it’s easier to stay focused when we have our daily tasks written down. If you have a deadline to meet at the end of the week/month, it’s nice to be able to break down your tasks on a day-to-day or week-to-week basis so you’re not cramming it all in at the last minute. A to-do list also helps you feel accomplished when you can strike or check something off of it. It’s like a little pat on the back for finishing something off that list. And we could always do with some positive reinforcement.
It sounds ridiculous- how are you supposed to know when you need to go to the restroom? Or feel like having a cigarette? Or even when you’re going to get an email? You don’t. But you CAN schedule when you act upon them. By scheduling a 5-minute break every hour, you can work through until your scheduled break. You’ll have something to look forward to and can then be more productive with those other 55 minutes.
Turn off the notifications from your emails, too. You don’t have to read every email that comes in right away. Dedicate 15 minutes every two hours to read and respond to your emails. If it’s life and death, that person can always call you.
Keep in mind what also works for you and your business. Some things may not be beneficial to your hustle, either. If your gig is consistent email conversations, then scheduling a time to work on emails throughout the day is not conducive to being successful. If your gig is networking, then plugging in your headphones is not going to boost your business.
There’s a time and a place for everything. It’s all boils down to time management and discipline. The beauty of coworking is that it allows you to be social and continue your hustle at the same time. But your level of success still depends on how much time in your day you dedicate to your hustle.