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Productivity Tip! Have You Tried Turning It Off And On Again?

Michelle Dale - Friday, April 20, 2012
Life is a funny thing, we get so consumed by our work, and especially as online business entrepreneurs, the amount of time working can consume more hours in our day than say our children, or family time, or even personal time where your brain is engaged with things other than deadlines, emails and where the next client is coming from.

When I work, I can be super-fast and super-productive given the right circumstances, for example, I am well rested, no distractions, and in comfortable surroundings. But when I start to lose my groove, I can become like a butterfly flapping around in a closed jar looking for the exit, it’s like going back and forth over and over in multiple directions all leading the same way – nowhere. Do you know what I mean?

I can sit at my computer for an hour and clear multiple tasks off my plate, but at some point, maybe after many hours of working, or simply feeling exhausted, I can start flitting around my computer screen, opening windows, files, websites, but never really achieving anything, then I start drifting from one task to the next not really finishing anything. This usually happens quite late at night. Sometimes I get frustrated with myself because I’m not accomplishing what I hoped and I’m behaving like a complete pleb. During these times it’s always best to stop if you can so you don’t crack up, or waste your time unproductively sat at your computer, but occasionally, I won’t have that luxury due to the amount of stuff on my plate I need to work through.

Keep Calm And Turn It Off And On Again.

One thing I find really helps me is to close all the windows, applications and files on my computer, and do a quick tidy up of my iMac desktop, then shut down my computer. I make a drink, come back and turn it on again. It’s like wiping the slate clean, resetting my brain and starting from scratch, on the first task, then the second etc…

When you have to push yourself, and you are feeling like you’re working like a butterfly trapped in a jar, try simply turning your computer off and on again, it has a significant impact on me when I do it, like I am just starting with a clear, clutter free mind and workspace, as opposed to having been sitting there for hours not really achieving much of anything, being about as useful as a chocolate teapot.



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Hi I'm Michelle, an entrepreneur specialising in virtual assistance, a digital and real world nomad, and a down-to-earth mother of three.



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