36 ways to be more productive than you ever thought possible – using numbers
Posted by Keren Lerner
Here is a trick I play a lot when I need to get things done. I choose a number – I like 8 because to me it’s lucky.
Always start with a list
In my Moleskine diary, I make a list of a few tasks and use these goals to batch my activities. Then I power through them like a demon and only take a break when I have done that batch. It feels great and then I can brag to friends and Twitter folk about how I just completed 8 whatever-it-was.
Why cross out when you can highlight?
I then use a highlighter pen to highlight the tasks I have done. Using the higlighter just feels more positive than crossing it out. It’s a little celebration!
Now you can try it!
To help you lovely readers out I made a list of examples of some of the things I do – all using the number 8 (except for the big time consuming which use the number 3).
- Responding to 8 emails
- Getting my inbox down by 36 emails
- Writing 8 ideas for blog headlines
- Finding 3 YouTube videos you can use to embed into 3 different blog posts, and write 2 – 3 lines of text to explain now they are relevant to my business
- Planning the topics for the next 8 email newsletters
- Writing a list of 8 questions for a series of interview blog posts – and send them to 3 people
- Writing the subheadling outline for my next talk – which is called 8 ways to increase engagement via Twitter
- Calling 8 people to follow up on enquiries
- Writing 3 proposals
- Sending 8 quotes by email
- Inviting 36 people to my next event
- Designing 3 homepage layouts
- Saving out 8 images the same size
- Connecting to 8 new people I have recently met at networking events via LinkedIn
- Setting up 3 meetings with strategic partners
- Tweeting to 8 clients
- Emailing a feedback questionnaire to 8 clients
- Retweeting 8 people
- Looking at LinkedIn and writing 8 recommendations
- Asking 8 people for recommendations on LinkedIn
- Planning 8 tips to share on Facebook
- Inviting 8 people to our next recruitment open day
- Sending interview questions to 3 people I want to interview for my next interview post
- Writing down 8 ideas for our next team building day and sending an email to the team to ask them which is their favourite
Content Creation / SEO
- Pinning 8 new images onto our Pinterest boards, each linking through to one of our blog posts where there is a visual element
- Submitting a request to guest post on 8 other blogs
- Commenting on 3 other blogs
- Offering to speak at 3 industry events by emailing the organisers and outlining potential topics
- Reading 3 educational blog articles or ebooks to improve business or marketing skills
All you need to do:
Any three of the above ideas, choose your own number, and come back and comment below and tell me how you did!
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Keren is the owner of Top Left Design and runs it with passion and drive. She likes writing blogs and encourages clients to actively post blogs on their websites, as there are a multitude of benefits in doing so!
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