10 Productivity Tips that Will Improve Your Work Flow

Happy first day of fall, y’all! I can’t believe *the best* season is upon us! Bring out the pumpkin spice, long cozy nights by the fire, and alllll the crockpot chili.

This post is hopefully one that many of y’all can relate to — whether you’re working from home like I am or you work a 9 to 5, these 11 productivity tips will help you improve you work flow wherever you are!

10 Productivity Tips That Will Improve Your Work Flow

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1. Choose 5 Things to Do

Our to do lists are never-ending.  Trust me, I get it.  My list always has at least 20 things on it, but there’s no way I can get them all done in one day.  I feel like not being able to cross ALL of them off my list makes me feel even more anxious.  Picking 5 things off of that *huge* list makes things a bit more manageable and you’ll find yourself being more productive when your list has been narrowed down.

2. Estimate How Much Time is Needed for Each Task

By estimating the time needed for each task, you’ll be able to better plan ahead for other activities in the day {i.e. running an errand, eating lunch, a meeting, etc.}.  I like to overestimate the time needed for each task, just in case it takes me longer than expected.

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productivity tips, work flow, work routine, how to be productive, fall style, fall sweater, camel sweater, fall fashion // grace white a southern drawl

3. Work Smarter, Not Harder

This is pretty self explanatory.  Be efficient.  Use apps and tools that help you tackle your goals quickly and effectively.

4. Turn Your Phone on Do Not Disturb

How has it taken me so long to utilize this phone feature?! This has changed the game for my productivity.  I’m not gonna lie, I get anxiety just clicking that little button, but it’s like ripping off a bandaid.  Once you do it, you’ll be so thankful!

5. Do Important Work First

Rank your to do list by importance and tackle the important tasks first! This will also relieve any anxiety you have over those certain tasks over the course of the day.

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6. Do the Most Important Task FIRST Thing in the Morning

This is something I love to do once I’ve made my morning coffee.  I get it knocked out immediately and it feels oh *so* good.

7. Work in Blocks

Implement breaks so that you can chill and give your mind a break. Having breaks, or working in blocks, allows you to be more productive because you’re 100% focused during those blocks.

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8. Plan Out Days of the Week

I love doing this on Sunday.  I plan out each day’s work {in blocks} and it allows me to have a schedule to stick to during the week!

9. Limit Responding to Emails 2-3x a Day

I know what it’s like to have your inbox constantly filling up.  I honestly could spend all day just responding to emails, but that’s not realistic, because nothing else would get done.  If you limit responding to emails to two to three times a day, you can still get your other work done, while not getting distracted by being glued to your inbox.

10. Stick to a Routine

Routines make everything easier.  Create a routine and stick with it!

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