The Busy Persons Guide To Productivity

Mark Thompson
3 min readJan 5, 2024

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I used to work 12–16 hour days on my Online Business. Now I work 30 minutes to 2 hours a day.

In that time, I create a piece of content, a newsletter and post content to social media.

How do I manage all that?

Having a simple process that is repeatable day after day.

Here is how to increase your productivity

Step One — Use Dead Time To “Compose”

Each morning, I get up and go for a walk; it’s part of my daily routine; during that walk, I write my content and my daily email in my head.

Then, when I get home, I write the content and polish it.

This saves me so much time staring at a blank screen.

You can do this anywhere, driving to work?

Sitting on a train or a bus, even doing the weekly shop.

Instead of thinking about random things, get in the habit of creating your daily content, if your memory sucks, then make notes in a small pocket sized notebook.

Step Two — Create a Distraction Free Environment

When you are writing turn off all distractions, Social media off, email off, notifications off, phone off.

The only thing I have open when I am writing is either the app I am using or the site I am writing on.

If I need to refer to notes, they are on a 2nd page

Step Three — Create Habits

My morning routine is one big habit. It never varies.

I get up and go for my walk.

I come home and check my emails; I use Inbox Zero, where I empty my inbox twice a day. In the morning, before I do any work, and after lunch.

Apart from those times, email is shut down.

After my inbox is empty, I write my content (it’s already in my head). I then publish it. I don’t worry about publishing times or publishing only when the US is awake.

Write and publish.