Here are a few ideas I've come up with for tools I can use to help me increase my productivity.
- Timer app: I have an app on my computer that I downloaded years ago. I've used it for all sorts of things over the years, but I originally downloaded it as a productivity app. I intend to start using it again to schedule breaks, limit social media time, and keep me focused throughout my day. If I allow myself a certain amount of time for admin tasks, or blogging, or a client project, having a timer app snapped to the far side of my screen will help keep me on track.
- Site blocker plug-in: I am well aware that Facebook is a hug time suck for me, less because of the social status updates and more because I'm addicted to educational news headlines. Space, dinosaurs, child development, you name it -- I see the headline pop up and I'm hooked. Unfortunately, this also means lots of time wasted on Facebook and reading articles referred to me via Facebook. I'm planning to use a plug-in to limit how distracted I can let myself get, but I have to do some more research to decide which one I want to use, and whether I want to abandon Firefox and switch over to Chrome.
- Timekeeping: I used to have a time sheet I filled out every day, with a list of tasks to do and my time spent doing everything, whether it was personal or work-related. I filled out the to-do list part the night before, and kept track of my time on each task. When I got my new computer a few years ago, I switched to a timekeeping app, but eventually abandoned it and stopped keeping consistent track of anything at all. (Amusingly, I just opened the app and realized it's been counting my time every since as blogging work. Oops.) I don't know yet which method I'll use, as both have distinct and separate advantages, or if I'll decide against both and just use a simple spreadsheet, but in any case, I plan on going back to some sort of timekeeping system.