21 Day Productivity Challenge: Day 15

Today’s challenge is to try to automate as many tasks as possible. Automation is a great way to get more productive because it frees up valuable time that could be spent on other more important things.

I like to automate the little things. I have all of my bills automated, so that I need not have to worry about due dates because everything is already set up to be paid at certain times throughout the month. Another thing that I automate is the posting of my blog posts and Instagram posts. Because I am an early riser, this is the time that I am able to focus and get all of my writing accomplished, therefore I write my posts and then put them on a schedule to be published. This saves me so much time and energy especially during the day when I have little time to sit down and write posts.

Try out automation, you will be surprised the amount of time you now have for more pressing tasks. Leave me a comment and let me know the types of things that you automate in your life to make you more productive.

See you tomorrow for our next challenge.

xoxo, laportsia

21 Day Productivity Challenge: Days 11, 12, 13, 14

_DSC0110Today’s challenge will be four in one since I did not post the challenges the past three days, which I sincerely apologize.

The first challenge for today is to utilize block scheduling. Block scheduling is a great way to help you get more things done in a day. If a specific timeframe is set aside for a specific task then there is little to no possibility of that time being utilized for something else or interrupted by distractions.

I utilize block scheduling on a daily basis. Once I get up there are certain times with in my morning and my day which are specified for a specific task. My morning routine consists of blocked scheduling since I must balance running my own businesses and working a 9-5, plus ensuring that I get a workout in sometime during the day, and maintaining an organized household. Blocked scheduling saves me from distraction, especially so early in the morning, and helps me get many things on my tasks list done.

The second challenge for today is to schedule in breaks, especially if you are utilizing the 90-minute working sessions. Scheduling time to take a break ensures that you will not get burned out or overwhelmed with the things that you have to do each day. Scheduling in breaks also, decreases, if not eliminates distractions during the time that you should be working.

I utilize scheduled breaks specifically to prevent distractions during my working sessions. Without these scheduled breaks, I have found that I do indeed find ways to be distracted as well as I start to feel burned out. Working non-stop despite what it seems, actually makes a person less productive. I lose my focus if I continually work without taking that needed break. My scheduled breaks whatever they be rejuvenate my whole being and refocuses me on the tasks at hand or that are to come.

The third challenge for today is to maximize your task list. What do I mean by maximizing it? Getting the fullest usage out of your task list to get done the things that you need to complete each month, week, and day.

I maximize my task list by first doing a brain dump, I take a piece of paper and write down everything that I can think of that needs to be done. I usually do a brain dump at the beginning of each month and then at the beginning of each week. I have heard that some people even do a brain dump daily, which if it works for them super. Once I have dumped out all the tasks that I need to or think I need to complete. I think scour through them and decide what needs to be complete this month, this week. I also go through the list and weed out the tasks that I can delegate and those tasks that seem important but are really outside of my zone of genius. This helps me par down to the three to five tasks from my brain dump that I need to complete on a daily basis. It works wonders for me.

The fourth challenge for today is to eliminate distractions. Eliminating distractions can be difficult if you do not realize what is distracting you in the first place. The first place to begin in eliminating distractions is to figure out what are your distractions. A distraction is anything that takes you away from your goals and out of your zone of genius.

In order to eliminate my distractions, I had to take an inventory of what I did on a daily basis. I started with what I was doing from the moment I work up to when I went to bed and I saw in a day all the things that were not helping me get things done, but I did not know exactly how to eliminate these distractions until I started blocking time, utilizing the 90-minute work sessions, and scheduling breaks. Once I started utilizing these tools, I saw a significant drop in my distractions, no longer did binge watching a series on TV appeal to me because it was not helping me move forward in improving my productivity or get things done.

Try out these four challenges over the course of the rest of the challenge and see how your productivity sky rockets. Leave me a comment and let me know all the challenges which have been most beneficial to you or if you have some productivity tools that you use and would like to share I would love to read them.

See you tomorrow with the next challenge.

xoxo, laportsia

21 Day Productivity Challenge: Day 10

Today’s challenge is to work in a 90-minute interval or work session at least once a day for the rest of the challenge.

This challenge I learned from the great achiever, Darren Hardy, and I believe wholeheartedly in the process.

You pick a 90-minute timeframe, a time where you will have no distractions, extreme quiet, and be able to be laser focused on one task. You set a timer for 90-minutes and work, just work straight for those 90-minutes, and when the timer goes off, you rest, you stop working for at least 30-minutes, and you celebrate the win.

I use the 90-minute work session at minimum twice a day, I aim for three a day, but two sessions are still plenty for one day. The 90-minute work session works magic for me and helps me be even more productive.

I really encourage you to try out this challenge, you will be amazed. It has truly propelled my life and business forward in ways I could not have imagined.

Once you try the 90-minute session, leave me a comment and let me know how it went.

See you tomorrow for the next challenge.

xoxo, laportsia

21 Day Productivity Challenge: Day 8 & 9

Today we will look at the challenges for both day 8 and day 9, since I did not post yesterday’s challenge. Here they are:

Day 8: This day’s challenge is to create a morning routine. This can be very vital in getting a productive start to your day.

I have a morning routine that is pretty simple but which allows me to be my most productive self in the mornings. It helps me set the tone for the day, and knowing that I’ve gone through this ritual, there is such a feeling of satisfaction and confidence.

So for the rest of the challenge create, and then start utilizing this morning routine. It will make for a more passionate life.

Day 9: Today’s challenge is to start exercising if you already aren’t. If you are great, keep it up. But if you aren’t, your challenge is to find a simple little program to initiate. YouTube is full of short workouts you can use to get you going.

I’m not a person who works out in the morning. I’ve tried it but it doesn’t work for me, therefore the evening time is best for me. I’m either on my treadmill or on the bike at the gym. I keep my workouts very simple because by the evening time my brain has been exhausted.

Figure out the best time to workout and do it, it makes me feel so much better and I hope it does the same for you.

Tell me if you workout in the mornings or evening in the comments. I look forward to your comments.

See you tomorrow for the next challenge.

xoxo, laportsia

21 Days of Productivity Challenge: Day 7

Today’s challenge is to plan your day the night before. Complete this challenge every day for the rest of the challenge. This way you start the next day off running instead of trying to figure out what it is you will do with your day.

I love planning my day the night before, it opens up the possibilities for that day and gives me a sense of accomplishment long before the task is complete. And I always sleep better when the next day is all planned out and ready for me. This to me is one of the essentials of productivity.

If you like this challenge, click the like button and if you have found any of these productivity tips to be useful, please leave me a comment in the comments section.

See you tomorrow for the next challenge.

xoxo, laportsia

21 Day Productivity Challenge: Day 6

Today’s challenge might be a difficult one for some, but it is definitely key to being more productive. The challenge: wake up early for the next 7 days. Now early can be subjective, as one person’s definition of early is different from another’s.

Let me tell you my waking up early story. For the longest time, for years I would say, I could not for the life of me get up early and I barely go up in enough time to make it to work on time. It was a real struggle. Then one night, I found myself with a severe case of insomnia, I could not sleep for the life of me. This insomnia lasted for a few days, sleep was a very elusive thing during that time. Well, to combat the insomnia, I started doing things, working on things, productive types of things to make the time pass faster. I accomplished so much during those sleepless nights and what was even better was that I liked how productive I had become. When sleep returned to me, I most certainly wanted to keep that productivity momentum going. Since I had become accustomed to the early morning hours and the quiet that comes with it, I decided to start setting my alarm for 4am. It was a very difficult thing at first, but my body soon got use to the early mornings, so much so that my body now craves less sleep so that I am able to accomplish more than I could imagine in one day. Now I am not saying that in the next 7 days you will be able to wake up naturally, that will take a little bit of time, but this way you will be able to see the results you are able to get by getting up just a little bit early.

It is important to remember that when you get up early to start the day, for the first 20 to 40 minutes, you must move, be and keep active. Without this movement, you will fail to stay engaged with the work that you have to do.

So that is today’s challenge. See you tomorrow for the next challenge.

xoxo, laportsia

21 Days of Productivity Challenge: Day 5

Today’s challenge is to read for a minimum of 10 minutes a day for the rest of the challenge. I try my hardest every day to read for 10 minutes. If I am able to read longer I definitely read longer. The book can be in the physical or digital format. When I listen to Audible I tend to listen for hours, but I still make sure that I get a daily dose from one of my tens of physical books.

My current reads are The Power of Broke by Daymond John on Audible and Money Master the Game by Tony Robbins. Both are excellent books, so far, that I highly recommend.

Money Master the Game

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See you tomorrow for the next challenge.

xoxo, laportsia