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So I’ve been reading a few articles on productivity and staying on task and it made me rethink my own methods and re-evaluate how some of them work.

Create a Morning Writing Ritual – FreelanceSwitch

10 Ways to Eliminate Distractions – FreelanceSwitch

The Freelancers Guide to Getting Into Flow – FreelanceSwitch

For the most part I’ve always been a list kind of person.  I’ll make a list for today’s work to be done and organize it by priority or due date of the assignment.  This has worked out for the most part, but the downside for me is having the messy desk and of course losing said list I just created.  I have also seen that my productivity is increased when I automatically take a shower first thing after getting out of bed.  Instead of being lazy and staying in my pjs all day, I lead a better, more productive day when I’m awakened by a blast of hot water and teeth brushing.

So after reading those few articles I have come to the conclusion that productivity spans farther than the simple list “To Do Today” and a warm shower.  I have revamped my methods and decided to incorporate all my new tips into my routine.

New Plan:

Morning: Wake up and get some exercise.  Weather it be a half an hour or an hour of running and weight lifting.  Take that warm shower I mentioned and get a good breakfast in me.  Instead of automatically going to facebook, deviantart, or whatever else that will throw me off track I’ll start writing for this blog and try to get 2-3 topics ready for future posts.

Day: After getting the morning routine off to a good start I’ll continue with a good lunch and continue job hunting / freelance job searching.  Follow it up with at least an hour of practicing doing anything graphic design or illustration related.  I’ve mostly been looking up design tutorials and either learning a new skill or refining an old technique to better achieve success through it.  Then after an hour of practice I’ll continue to work on previous assignments and daily projects that are in works.

Night:  Since the night-time seems to be when I relax the most it is only assumed I keep up with the trend of seeing it as non work/ relaxing time, but that doesn’t mean I should just sit around like a couch potato and watch tv for hours instead.  I’m limiting tv to just shows I know I like and I’m going to watch and try to focus more of my free time on basic drawing and free time illustration.  Thinking about it, why haven’t I started this sooner?

So overall this is my new productivity routine which has being going pretty well.

I’m interested in hearing any and all thoughts.

So what do you do to increase productivity in your life and work?

Is there any tips or suggestions you think I should be doing to increase my productivity more than what I am doing?

Take it easy

– Mike

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