Four Easy Ways to Increase Your Productivity

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As another year draws to an end, many of us are busy writing goals for the coming the year, reflecting on our accomplishments of the current year, and coming up with an action plan for how we can be more productive.  Following is a list of four seemingly simple, yet highly effective ideas that you can implement into your daily routine to help you have your most productive year yet.

Restrict Your Time on Social Media– While social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter present fantastic opportunities to grow your business, they can also become a huge distraction if you aren’t careful.  I’ve recently started setting aside 15 minute blocks of time 4 times each day, and restricting my social media/internet activities to those time periods only.  It’s amazing how much networking you can squeeze in when you limit yourself to only 15 minutes at a time!

Eat Frogs– Well, not literally. I actually hijacked that phrase from Brian Tracy’s Book “Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time” (aff.). The gist of the book is to concentrate single-mindedly on your most important task of the day (the “frog”), and to finish it completely before moving on to other less important tasks (like updating your Facebook status).  If you eat your frog first thing and get it over with- the rest of the day will seem like a cinch!

Don’t Check Email First Thing in the Morning– I recently started implementing this tactic, and it has made a dramatic difference in my productivity. Instead of heading for my inbox first thing in the morning and getting sucked into the rabbit hole that it can sometimes lead me down, I make sure I get started on my most important task first. Once I’ve completed that task (or at least made a decent amount of headway), then I’ll go ahead and check my emails.

Start Your Day The Night Before- Planning out a concise, prioritized to-do list before you catch your Z’s is a great way to get a head start the following morning.  I keep a notebook and pen beside my bed, and have made it a habit to spend the last few minutes of every night constructing a game plan for the following day.  Waking up knowing exactly how you plan to tackle the day is a very empowering feeling and gives you a little burst of momentum right out of the gate!

I hope these tips will be helpful to those of you who are looking to increase your productivity in the coming year.  I know they have done wonders for me.

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Formerly a bartender, Steph Davis is now a full time wholesaler in Tampa, FL. If you'd like to get an idea of what it's really like out there in the trenches, head on over to her blog:!


  1. Fantastic tips, Stephani! Once I started doing the last three items on your list, I was able to be much more productive in my business . . . while I’d love to implement #1, social media is what makes my world go around (BiggerPockets) . . . perhaps when I retire I can limit my time on social media, lol.

    Happy New Year!

  2. Great article Steph!,

    The social media and the email are two specific things I’m cutting back on moving into 2010 more productive.

    Wishing you a blessed and successful upcoming year my friend!

  3. I really love this post Steph. And I must say was a victim of #3 and #4 (not too long ago. lol) I used to hate the fact that checking my email first thing in the morning basically directed my day and took me to DC (Not District of Columbia), but Distraction City! Then not writing my To Do list out the night before really added fire to the pot and left me saying…”Ok I’m done checking email now, so WTH was I supposed to actually be doing today. Not a good habit to develop!

    .-= J. Lamar Ferren´s last blog ..Should We Continue Marketing Through The Holidays or STOP Now? =-.

  4. Hi Stephani,

    This is a great article!

    I myself recently implemented the e-mail strategy after reading the 4 Hour Work week.

    Isn’t it amazing how much more productive it makes you?! The first day I did it, I nearly fell of my chair as to how much more I got done.

    Eating Frogs too is so key. When we focus on our most critical task, it makes us so much more productive. I am going to read that book in 2010. Thanks for the advice!

    Happy New Year!

    Best Regards,
    .-= Neil Uttamsingh´s last blog ..4 tips to novice real estate investors for The New Year =-.

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