Have you ever noticed that the less time we have left in the year, the longer our to-do list gets? With holiday festivities, business goals and end-of-the-year walks down memory lane, it’s no wonder that making progress on our to-dos feels nearly impossible.
Working at a digital agency has taught me a lot about juggling projects, clients and my personal life. As a productivity nerd and goal digger, I’m always trying personal growth and productivity tactics. Here are my top four tips for staying focused and productive this holiday season!
Write a To Do List and Revisit it Throughout the Day
You’ve probably heard that at the end of each day you should write a to-do list for the next day — this is 100 percent true! But the key is to revisit that to-do list first thing in your day. Don’t check Slack. Don’t check your email. Check in with your to-do list.
Eat the Frog First
Samuel Langhorne Clemens, more commonly known as Mark Twain, brilliantly authored 28 separate book releases. During his writing career, he learned a thing or two about staying productive. His recommendation?
“If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.”
Practice the OHIO Method
OHIO which stands for Only Touch It Once is the most recent productivity method I’ve been practicing. Instead of overthinking that email response
or sending a delayed text message, complete them in the moment. This will give you more energy to dedicate to your “frogs.”
Tell Time With Tomatos
For those bigger projects, the ones that take more than 30 minutes, I highly recommend using the Pomodoro (Italian for “tomato”) Technique to help stay focused. My personal favorite Pomodoro timer is Tomato Timers. Their graphics are cute and the timer sounds like happy rainfall.
This blog was originally featured at GroundFloor Media’s blog and edited for the readers of The About Pages.
Olivia Ward is a Director of Digital Strategy at CenterTable, a digital marketing agency based in Denver. She creates digital marketing strategies that make client dreams come true. She has more than 10 years of experience helping brands find and target their audience IRL and digitally.