It comes as no surprise that our agency works primarily with modern women entrepreneurs and small business owners. So, when we are curating content to post or blog, we do so with our fabulous tribe of girl bosses in mind. Lately, we’ve been seeing a trend of ladypreneurs who are simply put overworked, stressed out, and otherwise running in circles because they have a lot on their plate. This is why implementing the use of three daily tasks has been ever-changing in our business.
We have discussed this with our own colleagues, and often. Between the social media posts, marketing strategies, client duties and collaborative opportunities it is easy to forget that there is a life to be lived somewhere in between all of that. That is precisely why we wanted to share with you some chic productivity tools to help you get over your creative working slump and on to a more focused road. However, what good is a tool if you do not know how to use it properly. What good will it bring to your productivity efforts if you do not use them to their full potential?If you want to be more productive, you need to become master of your minutes. - Crystal PaineClick To Tweet
Why You Need Productivity Tools
Productivity tools are necessary because they help you outline what you need to get done. At SoVerve HQ, we still enjoy putting pen to paper. That is just how we roll. All of the apps in the world cannot possibly feel the way a felt tip pen feels on a Moleskine. There is something to be said for physically ticking off each of those checkboxes and marking a task: DONE! Instant gratification and it is often a wonderful propeller to get more things done. It’s a domino effect we thoroughly enjoy!
Another reason why you need productivity tools is because they get the job done. After all, there is a job to be done. Very rarely are people able to do so without some form of accountability tool to hold them accountable or keep them on track. We have clients who have been in business for over a decade, who only use paper planners. We also have clients, who a lot like ourselves, use mostly digital tools to keep them on track.
Whichever your preferred method of tracking your time may be, remember that nothing will work unless you do. A big part of being productive is actually executing on your tasks. This is where many people get it wrong. They mistook a “list everything I have to get done” session for productively planning their day. That is a recipe for failure. Instead, we like to use, and highly recommend, the Ivy Lee Method of productivity and here’s why.
Choose Three Daily Tasks To Increase Productivity
We are a digital marketing agency, and to take it a step further our team is comprised of millennials. However, with so many productivity tools and resources, people are craving for simplicity like never before. That is why the Ivy Lee Method for Productivity works! This method works like this:
- At the end of your day, you jot down six tasks you’d like to tackle the next day. Only six.
- The following day, you look over your tasks and determine the order of importance of each.
- You focus on completing one task at a time in order to increase your productivity.
- Remaining tasks not completed are rolled over to a slot in your “six” for the following day.
How easy and simple is that? Well, at SoVerve Marketing Group, we have decided to focus on just three main tasks each day. Once these are completed we can move on to passion projects, and/or client work. That is why notepads and visual planners that clearly provide space for these type of items is so important to our team!
Bringing It Full Circle, In A Chic Way
That is why are absolutely in LOVE with these notepads from Red Velvet Paperie. We briefly discussed Moleskine journals, which are absolutely wonderful. However, if you need a little bit more structure, with some added flair for good measure these are the ones for you! Productivity doesn’t have to be boring! Especially if you are a chic boss babe, but it does have to be fun.
We first heard about this amazing brand through our wonderful colleague Sidjae Price of Priceless Planning, who did a feature on the founder of Red Velvet Paperie, Kenye Pierce. Since then, we have been hooked! However, this particular daily planner pad really is key, because while it looks appealing, it is functional.
Having this designated space takes the “guesswork” out of what exactly needs to be done. It has been so effective for us, we are even implementing these fun planner pads into our Client Welcome Kits in Quarter Two! No, it’s your turn, tell us how you increase your productivity and is there a creative way you do? Sound off in the comments!