Do you want to be more productive when creating content?
If so, then this article is for you. I’ve compiled a list of the top 7 ways to improve your productivity as a new content creator. Check out these productivity improvements that you can apply, to make your life easier! Allow these tips and tricks to serve as a daily guide for your life as a content creator.
It's important to know and practice as many of these productivity improvements as possible. While you may feel that you don't need all of them all of the time, I challenge you to try. Push yourself. It might mean that you may need to break some hold habits – some bad habits. It may require that you live outside your comfort zone until you gain comfort in being uncomfortable. Read that again.
TL;DR (Short Version of the 7 Productivity Improvements)
- Take Care of Yourself – Drink Water Regularly and Eat Healthy Foods
- Get Organized – Create a List of Goals and Steps to Achieve Them
- Write a List of Topics You Want to Write About and Brainstorm Ideas for Each Topic
- Use the Pomodoro Technique to Break Up Large Tasks into Smaller, More Manageable Pieces
- Keep Track of Your Progress by Checking Off Completed Tasks on the List
- Eliminate Distractions
- Be Consistent
I wanted to get those out of the way, early on, so that you can begin to put each of these 7 things in your mind. Start thinking about how each of these (or the lack thereof), either have or currently has an impact on your life and your productiveness.
For me, my biggest hurdle was overcoming procrastination. Even in school, it plagued me. I'd be given a homework assignment on Monday, that was due on Friday. Rather than taking it bit by bit, from Monday evening until Thursday night, I'd often find myself awake on Thursday evening, until the early hours of Friday morning, beginning and finishing the assignment (and that's on day I even bothered to do it at all).
So why am I telling you this?
Honestly, I wish someone had laid out, right in front of me, a list of seven very powerful productivity improvements that could be applied to my life, starting as soon as right now.
But, here's the thing…
Perhaps someone did try to tell me this at some point in my youth. Perhaps they did and I just wasn't receptive to the message. You ever hear that old saying about leading a horse to water?
Well, here is that moment. I'm me, and you're the horse (sorry).
I'm leading you towards the water that I'm trying my best to drink, every day. Look, horses aside, we're human. Humans make mistakes. This post, for example, I wanted to have published much earlier in the day, but it took longer to complete than I had imagined when I first planned on writing this. But, I'm pushing through it. I have information that I believe will help you, so that's what's driving me to get this done, and to my personal satisfaction.
So, let's dive in…
Take Care of Yourself – Drink Water Regularly and Eat Healthy Foods
One thing that I've really strengthened in my productivity regime, is to secure a glass or bottle of water on my desk at all times. It's amazing how much that simple act helps to enhance productivity and clarity.
I also try to eat healthy foods and vegetables in my daily diet, so that I can think and work more efficiently.
This doesn't mean that you should live like a monk and deprive yourself of life's many pleasures, but to make your productivity improvements, take note of when you feel tired or hungry. When this happens, I usually recommend to clients / friends / family (depending on who is reading this) to take a short break and consume something very light.
I think you get the idea…
I've found that a fruit that helps me out immensely, and especially late at night when I'm working and craving a snack, are grapes. Grapes are fruity, delicious, quick to eat, and not too filling. They give me enough energy to push through what I'm working on, but not so much energy that I cannot adequately wind down for the evening and not be able to sleep.
Grapes, in my experience, work very well! Thanks, mom, for that tip! Love you!
So get yourself some grapes. I'm sure there are other healthy foods that can help you out productivity-wise – do your own research and figure out what works best for you.
Get Organized – Create a List of Goals and the Steps to Achieve Them
Having all of this information in one place is very helpful.
Now, this is not to say that you should write out your productivity improvements and then never touch them again. What I mean by “list of goals” is something like a bullet point list or an outline. You can use it as a guide, but be sure to make edits as needed (for example: if you find yourself procrastinating on a particular task, strike it through and move it to another day or location in your productivity improvements list).
Also, your productivity improvements list should be reviewed every so often. How often, is up to you. Just remember that it's something you need to frequently return to review and make revisions as required. Keep yourself reminded that these are things you're working on and to keep track of how much progress you've made.
Clean up around your workspace
Try not to keep a messy office or cluttered desk. Having clear spaces and a clean environment will help you think more clearly and productively. When I'm trying to accomplish something and things around me are messy and disorganized, it's very hard for me to concentrate on what I'm doing. It makes it harder for me to be as productive as I ought to be.
On the other side of this coin, having too clean of a space can make you anxious. So try to find an equilibrium between spring-cleaning your workspace once a week or so, and maintaining a good environment for maximum productivity at all times.
Write a List of Topics You Want to Write About and Brainstorm Ideas for Each Topic
Planning ahead is very important. As you start to plan your list of upcoming topics, you can begin to brainstorm ideas for each topic. I usually have a general idea in mind before I start brainstorming, but sometimes while thinking about it, a great idea pops up out of nowhere!
Don't get too caught up daydreaming and forget the task at hand, however. Instead, write your new ideas down (or type them), but keep brainstorming on all the different directions in which you can take each topic. This is important because you will be able to link from one relevant piece of content to another relevant piece of content that focus on the same topic, but are too independent of a scope from one another, to fit seamlessly inside of one singular content creation.
It's like if my primary topic is ‘water', and two things I think of, could be:
- Drinking enough water to stay properly hydrated.
- The day I fell off the diving board and went face first into the swimming pool.
Both are about water, but not necessarily related enough to each other, to constitute being only one singular piece of content. Those could be two completely separate blog posts. I know that's probably a bad example, but I think you know what I mean.
Any one topic can likely go in more than just one direction, so take the time to do some brainstorming.
Use the Pomodoro Technique to Break Up Large Tasks into Smaller, More Manageable Pieces
When you're learning to create content, whether that is creating articles for a blog or video tutorials for YouTube, productivity can be an issue (I bet you didn't see that one coming!). There are often large tasks that need to be completed in order to get started on the good stuff. The problem with this is that productivity can actually hinder your productivity.
The solution to this productivity issue is to break up these larger tasks into smaller, more manageable pieces. This can be done using the Pomodoro Technique.
The Pomodoro Technique has been around since the 1980s but has recently gained in popularity due to apps that help you track your productivity with this technique. The technique breaks up work into intervals of 25 minutes. After this interval, you take a five minute break before the next 25-minute interval. These intervals are called ‘pomodoros'.
The pomodoros continue until you have completed four pomodoros (intervals of 25 minutes work + 5 minutes break). After the four pomodoros, you are then encouraged to take a longer break of about 15 – 20 minutes.
The productivity benefits of this are that it makes your time well spent, because you are constantly working. It is also very manageable because you break up your time into very specific intervals of work and productivity. I use the pomodoro technique for pretty much everything from studying to writing articles here on my blog.
Kat Boogaard wrote a good article on the Pomodoro Technique, if you'd wish to learn more. You can find her article, here:
Keep Track of Your Progress by Checking Off Completed Tasks on the List
So you've got your productivity improvements list, and you've been coming up with topics and brainstorming ideas surrounding the topics, and you've gotten to work on completing the tasks on your list…
Now it's time to start checking off each completed task as you complete them.
Completing a task and checking it off can be a really satisfying experience, especially if your productivity is high and you've been spending the past week or so completing tasks on this list. This action may seem minor, but it has great benefits to both productivity and motivation.
Keeping track of what you have completed also makes you feel good about your productivity because you can physically see the progress that has been made. This dopamine boost can have some very positive benefits on not just your productivity, but also with your health.
Celebrate Every Victory – Reward Yourself
You might be thinking, “Why would I keep track of what I've already completed?” It's simple: it allows you to focus on what needs to be done next and prevents you from losing productivity in the process. By checking off each completed task on your productivity improvements list, you can focus on what tasks are left that still need to be done.
Also, don't forget to reward yourself for completing these tasks. This is important. Even a simple five minute break to watch a quick video or read an article can be enough of a reward to motivate productivity for the next task.
There's nothing wrong with rewarding yourself for a job well done. You earned it!
Now we're getting to the fun part – the part where your TV turns off, your phone goes into “Do Not Disturb” mode, and all your social media browser tabs are closed, and with all your notifications disabled. Sounds fun, huh?
Now, don't misunderstand – I'm not saying you should never feel free to use your phone or watch that TV show you like with the vampires and teenage drama of werewolves, vampires, and witches, all being best friends. That can still be your favorite show. I'm not taking that from you.
Productivity can be a very demanding task and requires that we focus on our work at hand. This is where distractions come into play. Distractions are productivity killers because they drag us away from what we're trying to accomplish.
These productivity killers can be anything from your phone to social media to any other distractions you have on your computer. How are they productivity killers? Simple – they make it really difficult to focus on whatever task is at hand because they distract us with their siren call of notifications and updates that we just can't help but click on.
Make it a point to block out distractions from your work environment. This will help you tremendously, allowing you to focus on what needs to be done without any other distractions that could hinder productivity.
Remember the Pomodoro Technique? Use it.
That's why I mentioned it. All these productivity improvements tips go hand-in-hand. They work great, together.
I've been in the world of content creators, affiliate marketers, etc., for quite some time, and the one thing where I see most people lose, is in their inability OR their refusal to get and stay consistent with their efforts.
I don't say this to put anyone down or anything. Consistency is hard – until it isn't.
The problem is that, until you get to the point to where it's no longer hard to remain consistent, you've got to do some things along the way. Things such as, breaking old habits, creating new habits, and understanding the time it takes for a repeated action to become a new habit, as well as the time it takes for a habit to no longer be a repeated thing that you do. These are processes. None of it is overnight.
I think a lot of people see success as some sort of destination you arrive at, at the conclusion of getting good at something. I don't see it that way. I see success as more of a journey than some endpoint. I see it as you manifesting into who and what you're becoming throughout the journey, as the success, and that it's an ever-evolving thing.
There's a common saying in the affiliate marketing space, that goes:
Most people don't actually fail at internet marketing. Rather, they simply give up before they succeed.
To me, that quote is so powerful! I don't know who said it first, but I've been hearing it for as long as I can remember, since getting started in this space.
This quote speaks directly to your consistency.
Whether you're just dipping your feet into a shallow pool of amateur blogging, or you have a strong desire to be an influencer marketer who uses YouTube as social media to reach your audience, or you're someone interested in learning about how to build a better landing page so that your targeted email campaigns can feel a bit more targeted, or whatever the case may be, I strongly encourage you to embrace consistency.
Please don't give up before you succeed.
In Conclusion – Top 7 Productivity Improvements for New Content Creators
Learning how to write an article or a blog post (or any other kind of content creation you need to construct) can be hard, and when you're just starting out it can be even more difficult to find the time or energy. The good news is that there are plenty of simple productivity improvements for content creators like yourself that will make your life easier.
You’ve got this! We all know the feeling of being overwhelmed when first starting out on your own. With all sorts of ideas floating around in our heads, it can be hard to know where to start and what to prioritize. That’s why we want to help make things easier for you by providing some productivity hacks that will change the way you go about creating new content from now on.
Get organized with a list of goals and steps needed to achieve them; write lists ahead of time so there is less decision-making later; use techniques like Pomodoro breaks or switching between tasks every 25 minutes; eliminate distractions (turn off notifications!) and stay consistent!
Look, if you ever need to come back to this particular blog post, then it’s here for you. Revisit it whenever you need. I sincerely hope to have been able to help you with at least one of these tips. Please let me know in the comments below. I’d be happy to learn if perhaps you have even more tips you can provide.
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