Productivity on a Time Crunch

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Everyone has had times where you find yourself trying to cram a ton of working into just a few days. For me, that is occurring right now because I just returned from my wedding / honeymoon, and I now have a million things to catch up on. Since I have to pack in 3 weeks worth of back logged e-mails and all the work that I missed as well as staying current on this work week I am feeling the crunch!

This means that I need an atmosphere which promotes productivity. Each person has different things that help them work efficiently, but for me I know that there are a few things that always help me when I need to get things done.

  1. Light a candle– I don’t know why, but lighting a candle always puts me in the mood to write. I think it’s the thought of sitting down with my computer, a cup of coffee and a candle that makes me feel like I want to get things done.
  2. Take a break– I always find that if I’m in a creative rut, I can take a break and do something like hop on Pinterest, or scroll through my Twitter feed, and I eventually find something that gets the creative juices flowing. Whether it’s a posting that really resonates with me, or just the break from work, I usually feel more productive after a quick break.
  3. Read related topics- Start reading articles about the topic you’re working on. I always find that if I’m stuck I can read a social media blog and get ideas about tricks that might work. Trying out new techniques always seems exciting so I want to get back to work.
  4. Stretch- If I ever find myself staring at my computer, I know that just getting up and stretching can help. This is quicker than a run and loosens up your body so that you don’t feel as though you have been sitting for as long.

I hope that this list helps you to feel more productive, or maybe gives you an idea of something that might work for you. I’d love to hear what you in order to feel productive. Leave your tips in the comments.

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