Are you struggling to find time to handle your internet marketing? This is a common problem and one that a lot of people struggle with and unfortunately, there is really no ‘shortcut’ to being successful in this regard.
Sure, there are certain strategies you can follow to save time and get things done quicker, but there is no ‘silver bullet’ to guarantee you success. Success will always equal work – and frankly, that is as it should be.
The only thing you can do then is to ensure that you are as focused and productive as possible when you do set out to work. This means avoiding distractions and it means being able to stay in ‘flow’ for as long as possible.
How do you do that? Here are some ‘hacks’ that will help…
Put Music on Loop
Find an album you like that doesn’t have lyrics (so it won’t distract you) and then listen to it on loop. Why? Because of the fact that you keep listening to it, means that your brain will eventually become desensitized and thus start to ‘tune it out’. This works similarly to when your brain stops listening to the ticking of a clock. And by doing that, you can effectively simulate a kind of ‘sensory deprivation’ for your hearing which will keep you more focussed on what you’re doing and less distracted by outside sounds. Apparently, this is a trick that Matt Mullenweg of WordPress fame uses!
An alternative is to listen to white noise. Or for something a little more pleasant, try the website ‘rainy moods’ or ‘coffitivity’. Both of these create non-distracting ambient sounds that have been shown to boost productivity!
Have a Hot Mocha
Recent research shows that having a mocha first thing in the morning is actually more effective at boosting productivity than having a coffee alone. This is because the drink provides an ideal combination of caffeine and cocoa. Caffeine is a stimulant and will elevate the heart rate and increase focus while waking you up. Unfortunately, this can also have the unwanted effect of making you wired and potentially making you feel stressed.
Mocha counteracts this issue because the release of serotonin from the chocolate can ‘take the edge off’. What’s more, is that cocoa contains epicatechin which drives more oxygen to the brain via vasodilation and thereby actually boosts cognition even further!
A similar alternative that is also recommended by productivity gurus is caffeine + l-theanine and you can get this combination by drinking yerba mate green tea.
Leave Something Unfinished
Want to have a more productive day tomorrow and get started with your work right away? Then consider leaving something unfinished until tomorrow.
This might sound counterintuitive, but it’s a great way to ensure you start working quickly when the day begins. The reason for this is that the human brain hates unfinished business. Thus, if a task is left incomplete, then it is human nature to want to try and complete that task right away. This means that you can skip the usual procrastination and dive straight into your work head first!