I went from homeless single mother because of domestic violence to multiple international award-winning CEO, not an easy feat. Dedication, determination and extreme productivity were required as I rebuilt my life. Here are my top 3 tips:

1.) Write it down

Write down everything you are working on and need to do. If it’s in your head and not written down it will feel overwhelming causing you to forget important tasks. Writing it down gets it out of your head and allows you to focus on the task at hand, plus research has shown writing solidifies thoughts in your brain so you are more likely to remember it.

2.) Prioritize

Step 1 may result in a list so long it fills a notebook. Prioritize the tasks by working out which ones are most important. Be aware, tasks that seem to be the most urgent are not always most important. You can fill your day with ‘urgent’ tasks and not get anything important done.

I use lists to help me do what I need to do. Working in 90-day blocks for my goals I want to achieve I start by listing what needs to be done by when on my calendar. Next, I break it down into weekly tasks, followed by daily tasks to achieve my objectives. For each day, I have one list with my top 3 tasks, another with tasks which need to be done after the important 3 are completed. The second list is not to be looked at or thought of until the top 3 tasks are done. It is a list of optional extras.

3.) One thing at a time

Stop multitasking. Focus on one thing at a time. Set a timer for 20 minutes to an hour for a task or block of work time, then allow yourself a break. Work on one task at a time in these work blocks. Switch off notifications or use apps to block sites like Facebook so you do not get distracted.

Studies have shown every time you switch tasks it takes your brain 10 minutes to refocus and get back into whatever you were working on. This means, if you are flitting between 6 tasks, you can easily waste an hour because you are not completely focused.

What productivity tips do you have?

Kylie Travers went from homeless domestic violence victim to multiple international award winning CEO. Kylie has a passion for travel, finance and her family. She has turned her obstacles into opportunities, been an advocate for various charities and now focuses on writing, public speaking and mentoring about goals, motivation, travel, finance and business.

Her methods enabled many to make more money, travel more, spend more time with their family and in general live happier, more fulfilled lives. Through what she has achieved Kylie has won numerous awards and been a finalist for Young Australian of the Year in 2015. She is currently based in Melbourne, Australia and you can find her at www.kylietravers.com.au.