Work flow issues are a common problem many podcasters experience, especially when trying to get a weekly podcast out. In fact, the work flow process can take all the enjoyment out of producing a regular podcast and prevent you from truly having fun with it. Below I list some very simple things you can incorporate into your work flow that you can apply today without reworking everything.
Plan Your Day The Night Before
This is such a subtle change to your work flow, but it really does amazing things to your productivity. It takes less than 15 minutes to do and you can do it at the end of your work shift or before you go to bed. All you have to do is create a to-list for tomorrow and prioritize it. You will get a clear picture of what your day will look like tomorrow and there's just something about 'sleeping on it' that makes work wonders. Your brain will already have an attack plan in the morning and then it just becomes a matter of doing the correct steps to accomplish your task.
This is when you turn off the phone, close your email, and just focus on each individual task one at a time. If you don't mediate currently, perhaps take five to ten minutes out of each morning to try. I know mediation is so 'in' right now and it's no longer used by the common hippy, but mediation prepares you for these focused work sessions that you so desperately need. If you crave out just one hour or 30 minutes of uninterrupted work time for yourself, you will be able accomplish a lot more than within a three hour period with the phone, email, and social media on. You can do 45 minutes work, 15 minutes play. You can do it task-based instead of time-based and then reward yourself with 15 minutes of play time after you've finished. The mind needs little rewards along the way or else the work will become grueling in itself and you will find yourself uninspired.
Also as a note, don't ever reward yourself with food. It doesn't end well.
Speaking of food, leaving your home office or the office for lunch is extremely productive. Although it technically has nothing to do with your actual podcast work flow, it indirectly does wonders to your productivity levels - which will help with your work flow issues. Creativity blocks often occur when you're stuck in a room with nothing new to look at. It doesn't matter if you're not hungry and it doesn't matter if it's cold/hot outside, the body was meant to walk around and experience new environments, so leave your work environment for an hour. You can bring your own lunch and eat it in the park. You can sit down at a coffee shop for an afternoon caffeine boost, you can walk around the mall and people watch. Whatever you do, do it outside of your work zone for an hour.
Now It's Time To Better Your Work Flow
Once you've adopted these incredibly easy habits and would like to learn more about how you can better your work flow, Ari Meisel from Less Doing has gotten a great podcast work flow system that you can learn from. You can hear about his system by listening to a Podcast Junkies episode over here and skipping to around the 24:45 minute mark where Ari explains in his interview how he makes it all work.
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