People often ask me how in the heck I get so much done in each day. I'm a single work-at-home mom of four. My careers include writer, online community advocate, website owner and designer, social media manager, and so much more all rolled into one. Did I make you tired yet? It's really all about figuring out how to divide things up, as well as keep the peace. We're all a little crazy in our own ways. But here's how I get things done without losing my remaining marbles.
Use more than one computer
Sometimes just having split screens isn't quite enough. I often have many things open at once, due to the fact that I do so much at one time. If I'm working on gathering research or data, I may open several tabs in Firefox on one computer and several office documents on the other. Though these could all be on one computer, I find it quicker – and less taxing on each system – to type up my reports or articles on a separate computer than my research. This is so that I don't have to switch between docs and the internet browser. While this is not by far the only way it comes in handy, it sets a good example for the possibilities. I've used as many as four computers at once to get the job done. I most often use two or three.
Move at least once per hour
At least once per hour I get up and clean something in my home, do a yoga pose or two, meditate, or run around the house and wrestle with the dogs. One thing working at home on a computer all day can do is wreak havoc on your body. But it doesn't have to. That's why I make sure to get up and move around once or more each hour. I also listen to music while I'm working. So if it's the right beat, I will sort of dance in my chair moving to the beat while typing. Yes, I also sing while I write. But that's another topic for another time. Bonus: All of this movement helps focus the mind to get the work done. Because I am the ultimate multitasker, exercise is more likely to get done by squeezing it in this way. It's also been more effective for me than when I did longer workouts. I still take long walks with the dogs at certain times. But this helps keep me active during the rest of the day.
Mix business with pleasure
Yeah, yeah, I know what they say. But since when have I been one to listen to what “they” say, whoever they may be? I don't follow the crowd. Never have. I'm proud to call many of my readers and fellow writers my friends. They are one of the big reasons I do what I do and they get me through the day. In this accidental strategy, I've also experienced how readers like to relate. They like to know there's a real person behind the content and my personal style of writing gives them what they are seeking. So, not only does having fun with my audience help me get through my day. I believe it also helps me to succeed. They can tell I really do enjoy them and what I am doing.
Use Pre-Made Templates
I also make myself templates that I use for each venue and/or type of piece I write. Sometimes I forget about a template and go with the flow. But the templates really help me keep organized and get things done quickly. If I make these ahead of time, it helps reduce time, as well as stress. My templates are sometimes simple, including a space to put a title, subheaders, and other text. Other times, they actually include the title, subheader points, and a spot for the text. My template also includes a place for my tags and referral link. You can see examples in Quick Web Writing Tips: Make an Easy Outline to Speed Productivity.
Photo Credit: Lyn Lomasi
I originally published this on BUBBLEWS (no longer published there)