Every time I am at a conference I get asked over and over, how do you get so much done? They want to know how I write for the Bourn Creative blog, my personal blog Inspired Imperfection, and other marketing blogs, how I get so much client work done, create new talks for speaking engagements, do interviews, and write website content for ourselves and clients, how I work in being co-organizer for the Sacramento WordPress Meetup and Lead Organizer for WordCamp Sacramento 2016, AND still have time to take a ton of vacations.
No, I’m not superhuman. No, I don’t stay up all night or sleep only a few hours (any more). No, I don’t have a clone.
I am simply ruthless with my time and focus during the work day.
But it wasn’t always this way. Earlier on in my journey as a business owner I was a productivity mess. Yes, I got a TON done, but to do so, I had to work 16-18 hour days and both Saturday and Sunday. I was multi-tasking constantly, so everything took longer than it should. I was exhausted, so I wasn’t as creative as I could be. I was distracted and allowed interruptions and other people’s needs to come before my own, which in turn, caused procrastination and more stress.
Eventually I reached a point of total and complete burn out and I knew that I needed to change my daily habits. I knew that if I could just be more productive during the work day, I could get back my nights and weekends. I also knew that if I reduced my stress level and eliminated feelings of overwhelm, I would be more creative and find more joy in my work.
So I made some changes, including: