The single most important change you can make in your working habits is to switch to creative, productive work first, reactive work second. This means blocking off a large chunk of time every day for creative work on your own priorities, with the phone and email turned off.
Here is a tip that has absolutely transformed my productivity: get your most creative work done FIRST THING in the morning. Don’t put off your intensive challenging work for later; you’ll rarely have the energy to get to it even if you do have the time.
It takes willpower to switch off the world, even for just an hour. It can feel uncomfortable and sometimes people get upset when you don’t put their needs first. But, it’s better to disappoint a few people over small things, then to surrender your dreams for an empty inbox.
Little distractions suck away our potential to do big things!
Ok, now that you've figured out WHEN you are most creative and productive, let's talk about what that looks like.
When it comes to creating your best work, environment is everything. Where can you go to be inspired, get your creative juices flowing, and minimize distractions?
The most successful people always have their “routines” or “rituals”.
Try different things out. Test out working outside, alone in silence, or surrounded by the buzz of your local coffee shop. Once you find what works, stick to the same tools, the same surroundings, even the same background music so that they can become associative triggers for you to enter your creative zone.
Personally, a coffee shop is way too distracting to me, so I prefer my local library for a change of scenery. At home, I ALWAYS have background music on, I can't work in silence.
How about you?