Getting stuff done: How to make your day more productive?

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There are parts of the day that are most productive for content teams – or really anyone. So to get the answer to how to make your day more productive, we really have to put some thought into it. 

Some of us are early risers, while others need to burn the midnight oil. Figuring out what works best for yourself and your team can help create a higher-performing culture and make things more enjoyable, too.

The most productive parts of the day

The answer is a personal preference, but if you are part of a team it’s also important to understand what other’s most productive time of the day is.

Figuring out your favorite time of the day to crank out tasks can be trial and error. See when you can be most productive. For example, I prefer to create written content first thing in the morning.

So much that I make it a point to head for my office after grabbing some Dunkin’ iced coffee and some breakfast. Often that means I end up at my standup desk at 6 a.m. and am able to crank out a good amount of articles, social updates and the like by 10 a.m.

While I livestream and record podcasts at all times of the day, I prefer the 10-3 window for that. In fact, the conversation gives me a power boost for the rest of the day many times. Good conversations will do that.

When it comes to meetings, I don’t feel super strongly about the time for those, but I prefer to bunch them together with short breaks in between.

Blaine Oeklers shares his method for productivity on this podcast episode.

Understanding yourself 

Julie Bee discussed on this episode how important it is to understand your own preferences. It can even help with avoiding burnout, she said. 

Making decisions on tasking

Of course, it can be hard to create the perfect schedule and it’s highly unlikely to run it every day. But the closer we can get to that perfect schedule, the better.

Now, the next level is to figure out what the best setup is the for the immediate team as a whole. That could include answering these questions:

  • What work needs to get accomplished and what level of concentration is needed?
  • How can time be blocked at the right time for the tasks that need to get done?
  • When should meetings and live collaborations happen?
  • What tools are best for the team for additional asynchronous collaborations?

Finding the times that work for all the different tasks and activities can help teams be stronger and perform at a higher level of cohesion and performance.

The trick is to figure out what works and what doesn’t for each team member and the team as a whole to create the right culture and drive performance.

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