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Cool Time Management Tips to Help You be Productive Without Being Busy This Summer

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The summer is a great time for relaxing, having fun, soaking up the sun while you can, right? Right. But there’s still work to be done, deadlines to be met, errands to be run, chores to be finished. The summer does not bring an end to ‘work’.

This summer, work on being productive without being ‘busy’ or doing something all the time. Can you do that? Yes, you can.

Here are time management tips to help you boost productivity and cut down the busyness that fills our lives:

1. Check Email Twice a Day

For most professionals and entrepreneurs {including yours truly!}, email can be a huge productivity sapper. Ever since I switched to an Android, I have been hooked to checking my email each time that little ‘M’ pops up on my screen.

However, recently, I’ve literally stopped myself from checking my email more than twice a day. Sometimes, when I’m working on a crucial project and need to stay in touch with a client, it increases to thrice a day but not more.

Has it been easy? No. Has it been worth it? YES!

Try it and see how productive you become when you are checking email twice a day. You’ll be able to knock off more replies, forwards, deletes and archives than if you keep checking in every 10 minutes. Also, if you use Gmail, you can actually turn it into a productivity booster.

2. Schedule or Structure Your Time

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I have to say, structure or schedule your time for regular or routine activities like, blogging, social media, invoicing, or household chores like, laundry, cooking, menu planning, grocery shopping, de-cluttering.

Creating a schedule or at least some sort of structure will help you know at a glance how your day is planned and will help you turn down anything that would be a time sink easily and quickly. Also, since you’ll know what to do, you’ll be able to tackle your big rocks before you move on to the smaller pebbles.

3. Set Up Work Processes on Autopilot

Finally, take a close look at your work-related tasks – replying to emails, sending out invoices, communicating with customers — and identify at least 3 tasks that you can put on auto pilot for the summer, if not longer. For instance, if one of your big ‘busy’ tasks is sending out invoices, check out an automatic invoicing application like, Paypal Subscriptions.

Yes, you can continue to be productive but cut down on the busyness this summer with some planning, a little technology and plenty of determination!

 What will YOU be doing to stay productive but not busy this summer?

Prerna Malik is a mom, a wife, a writer and woman who believes in being postively productive, parenting with love and creating a home that invites you to put your feet up and relax. Find her sharing her journey and experiences with productivity and parenting at The Mom Writes.