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Master Your Time: Productivity Tips for the Bored Association Professional

Posted by Kayla Jenkins on Feb 1, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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Admit it; we all struggle to stay productive at some point throughout the day. Whether it’s due to your work environment, outside stress or just pure procrastination, we all catch ourselves yawning or spacing out one (or two, or three…) times a day. While it’s natural and has been scientifically proven that we will inevitably lose focus after a while, it’s a terrible feeling when you have projects to finish and you haven’t accomplished anything at the end of the day. Luckily for you, there are ways to master your time and stay productive in spite of distractions and short attention spans. This list of tech tips to keep you motivated and focused will help you get the most out of your work day.

Prepare Before Work
The steps you take before you head into work really set the tone for how productive your day will be.

  • Check your social media so that you’re not tempted to when you have downtime at work.
  • Another more productive option is to set goals for the day. Asana is a web and mobile to-do list app that lets you create and manage tasks that you can share with your team.
  • Evernote is another productivity app that can help keep you and your projects organized.
  • Did you know you could be productive on your commute to work? Check and filter your email 100% hands-free and eyes-free with ASAM.

Industry Blogs
Once in the office, spend the first 5–10 minutes catching up on industry-related news and trends by scrolling through your favorite blogs.

  • The ISAE Blog is your weekly update on association news, events and trends.
  • ASAE’s Associations Now Daily News is a daily e-newsletter on news and trends in associations nation-wide.
  • There are so many great association-related blogs out there. Just do a Google search.

Audiobooks
Hearing powerful, inspirational words while you work could be the motivation you need to complete those tough or tedious tasks.

  • If you’re not already familiar with Audible, it’s a subscription-based app where you can download digital audiobooks, magazines and more to your phone or other listening device.
  • Listen to The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson if you’re interested in leadership development.
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey is a good choice for personal and professional development.
  • How to Get Ideas by Jack Foster is great for creativity.

Podcasts
Similarly, listening to podcasts is a great way to keep up with industry trends while you work.

  • The ISAE Podcast delivers association-based content available on iTunes, Stitcher and SoundCloud relevant to the busy association professional.
  • SpinWeb’s SpinRadio is another excellent choice, specifically for marketers and business leaders.
  • Hear insights from the world’s leading innovators and entrepreneurs on TEDTalks Business.

Playlists
Listening to playlists is a fun way to keep your momentum going throughout the work day. It has also been scientifically proven that listening to music can boost productivity levels.

  • Try curating your own playlist full of songs you love on your favorite streaming app.
  • According to the Mozart Effect, listening to classical music has some serious brain benefits. This Apple Music playlist is sure to get the creative juices flowing.
  • Who doesn’t love the soothing sounds of nature? This 8-hour long YouTube video of relaxing nature sounds is long enough to block out the distractions to help you focus.

The next time you find yourself nodding off or lacking motivation, try out one or even all of the aforementioned tips for a more productive work day.

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Topics: Associations, Time Management, Productivity

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