Great question! I work as the Social Media Manger for a company (Medifast) that is made up of multiple social channels. So I need to post and respond to all social platforms for three different channels. That is specific to me, but the point is that I have a routine to return to when I get off track, and a set of priorities that I must accomplish every day. I’m betting you can apply this method to your job too.
Hope this helps! I’d love any feedback if you try it out and have some tips to improve it.
And so instead of sitting around complaining, we decided to actually DO something about it. Thus began the summer of productivity. We’re really good at research, which is an uppity way to procrastinate, but in the end, we took away some tidbits that have really helped! Proving that…
I’ve begun putting in headphones when I really need to get shit done. That’s the universal office sign for “do not talk to me under any circumstances! Unless there’s free food in the breakroom, then send me an instant message or an email, and only if I don’t see those, then you can interrupt me.” Sometimes I listen to music, or a podcast I don’t have to concentrate on, or nothing at all. The illusion of not being able to hear really works to keep social butterflies at bay.
The secret is to delegate. For a person like me who has been doing the job of four people as a team of one for quite some time, delegation was tough at first. I knew exactly what I wanted to post, using particular language, at specific times. However, I found I was missing out on trainings, greater strategy planning, and big-picture ideas when I was consumed with all the tiny details. Slowly I learned to let go. It sucked when the person you delegate to makes a mistake, because YOU never would! Yeah, right. But then they come up with a great idea you hadn’t thought of and then YOU come up with a great idea you wouldn’t have had the time to think of and it all becomes worth it.
I now began every day the same. I keep the list of the order of my morning routine by my computer. Before, I would start off great, then get sucked into email, the vortex that is the internet, voicemails and when I’d try to get back on track I’d be lost as to how to do so. I couldn’t remember where I’d left off let alone where to pick back up. Now I just look at my list and get right back into my routine should I happen to stray.
I’ve picked these things because they’ve had the most immediate effect on my day-to-day productivity. The results are now I feel more accomplished and like I’m making better use of my time. It’s not a perfect system yet and I’m still anxious about achieving enough, but overall, I’m getting more shit done and feel better at the end of the day.