I’m embarrassed to tell you about this.
But I’ve done something recently, and in doing so, my productivity has literally doubled.
Let me explain.
Everyone has a certain time of day that is their own personal “zone of genius” time.
For some people it’s in the morning, for some people it’s in the afternoon, and still for some it’s in the evening or late into the night.
For me, it’s in the morning. That’s when my mind is at its freshest and I’m the most motivated to get the creative work done for my handmade business.
Because I have a day job that I head to every weekday morning at 6:30 a.m., I wake up extra early (4:30 a.m. most days) so I can have a good chunk of time to work on my business before I have to head out the door.
Those 2 hours are time are my precious genius-zone hours, and yet, I was seriously squandering them without realizing it.
But when my to-do lists were starting to go uncompleted and it started to feel like I wasn’t able to accomplish everything I used to be able to get done in my mornings, I took a serious look at how I was spending my time. Then I made a decision.
This is embarrassing, but here’s what I did to get my morning productivity back:
I blocked Facebook.
Yup. Seeing that little notification symbol on my phone was just too much temptation for me. I had to know what I could be missing out on in the different business groups I’m in, and see if anyone had reacted to any of my recent posts.
Facebook is like drugs.
While I thought I was only spending 15 minutes or so, turns out I was spending 30 minutes or more on Facebook every morning. It would go from “just a quick check” to being sucked into several discussions and clicking on article links and before I knew it, my mornings were over with little to show for them.
So I installed apps to block Facebook on both my phone and on the browsers I use on my laptop.
Surprisingly, my productivity has literally doubled.
Without the pull of Facebook, I am able to plunge directly into my creative work.
I had a few projects I was starting to worry I wouldn’t be able to get to (like a kick-ass course I’m making for you guys), that I’ve not only been able to start on, but am actually making serious headway in.
It took actually trying a complete blackout to realize how much time I was wasting.
So what about you?
If you want to maximize your genius time, I suggest taking measures to block out any and all distractions. Maybe for you it’s not Facebook. Maybe it’s Pinterest. Or maybe it’s not social media at all, but thinking that you need to tidy up your house first, or you get sucked into what’s on TV.
Whatever your distraction, figure out how to turn it off (and in a way that’s really, really hard to turn back on.)
You’ll be amazed by the difference. I certainly am.
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