No one at my place of employment questions my level of productivity. Not only can I account for the work I accomplish on a weekly and monthly basis, but my methods to increase my workday productivity tend to be a running joke.
They’re just jealous.
Because I take pride in the value of my work, I make choices
on how I conduct my workday. And after years of trial and error, I have found that
my productivity on certain types of tasks are best done at certain times of
My hunch tells me that those times of day can also help you increase
your workday productivity.
It’s all about routine, commitment and the angle of the sun.
I love drinking coffee. When my workweek alarm rings, my sole
motivator for rolling out of bed is knowing that in a few hours I can drink a
cup of coffee.
And after the long run, morning chores and commuting to work, I
have a moment of peace holding my mug of coffee. The steamy aroma of java, the
gentle heat pressing upon my palms, the taste of coconut milk creamer swirling
in my brew—it’s my reward for all that I accomplish before 7AM.
My career’s in marketing. And if you too work in marketing, you know that most (if not all) received requests are delivered as a do-this command.
What’s frustrating to a creative person about this approach is that it ignores the creative process of problem solving. In fact, it skips all the steps of solving a problem by jumping to an assumed end.
Here’s a secret: if you want to solve a problem like a creative person, never assume anything.
The dreaded day of going back to work after a holiday is here. Just thinking about all that you have to get done this upcoming week urges you to pull the covers up further over your eyes.
This day isn’t going anywhere, so you might as well face it by being in control of your own destiny!
While your mind may still be at the beach or the family barbeque, today is about being back at work. And if you don’t have time to get behind, I suggest you try out these productivity tips after a holiday or vacation.
Sometimes, creativity is a choice. You miraculously have the afternoon free to take on your creative project, be it writing, painting, crafts or whatever else lets you be expressive.
Sometimes, creativity is not a choice. You have more days than not in your career where a creative solution from you is needed either minutes before the end of the day or at a high-peak, high-stress moment.
The beauty of writing is that a story can explore a rainbow of emotions, from fear and contempt to grief and rage.
However, the emotions we conjure up in our writing have a way of bringing us writers down to the point where we stop writing.
That’s neither good for your story nor you.
Don’t let these somber story feelings drag you down. You can stay positive while you write even the most depressing of stories by changing your mindset and your environment. I have seven suggestions to bring back your optimism:
Athletes warm up and stretch before their workout to prepare their bodies for exercise. Muscles readied for the race will push harder, faster, stronger.
What does this have to do with writing?
If you’ve got the case of writer’s block, it’s probably because you’re not mentally prepared for the task. Creativity is about making connections that aren’t obvious, and you can’t do that in your writing when you’re procrastinating.
Just like your muscles, you must stretch your creativity regularly if you want your ideas to be more innovative.
It’s time to get off the couch and get to writing—by your own free will.
What Gets You Moving?
Think back to your best writing sessions. Were you writing in public or at home? What did you wear? What was the time of day? What did you hear? Smell? See?
All these factors activated your creativity. Recreate this exact moment at your next writing session. This will help you stay productive and be inspired to innovate.
Commit To Less
This doesn’t make any sense. Let me explain.
What if you’re putting too much pressure on yourself? Expecting too much from your writing session will send you running in the opposite direction.
It’s too much commitment. So only commit to sit in your writing workspace.
Let’s be honest. You’re bound to do more than just sit there. You’ll be motivated to pick up your pen or open your laptop and begin writing.