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Productivity Hacks

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I’m flying through my second year of blogging full-time here at The Kentucky Gent, and while working from home is great. It definitely has its disadvantages. Like general lack of an actual schedule. The ability to work from bed in your pajamas. Or never hitting the “off” switch. I’m guilty of all the above and then some, but hey – who’s counting? 

Lately I’ve been implementing some new practices that have made my work from home life SO much easier. And today I’m sharing those work from home productivity hacks with y’all! One thing they never tell you about being your own boss is that there’s always something to do. So much so that it gets overwhelming quickly. These 5 easily actionable hacks have cut down on my stress level by at least half. Because I’ve learned that I can’t do it all, at least at the same time.  

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Make To-Do Lists

When I finally decided to bite the bullet, swallow my pride, and begin creating daily to-do lists I was pleasantly surprised with the results. I start the week off with a broad list of everything I need to tackle. Leaving room for the inevitable things that’ll pop up. Then compile a daily to-do list before bed each night.

This is something that I’ve meant to do for the longest time, and I’m so glad that I did. I’m the world’s worst when it comes to lying down and having my head flooded with the million and one things I have to do before bed. And by writing down everything before bed that I need to get done the next time I get it out of my head and onto paper. Meaning I’m able to drift off to sleep all that much easier.

And while I do love my tech – there’s nothing as satisfying as crossing off a handwritten to-do list. Also, to-do lists on phones are never quite intuitive enough for me, and I hate having to remember to open up an app to see them. Good old-fashioned pen and paper work best for me here. But if you’ve got a favorite app that keeps you on track, by all means keep at it! 

Ask For Help

This has always been hard for me. Even when working with people whose job was to help me. I want to do it all. But over the years I’ve learned that I can’t. While I’m not at the stage where I’m able to hire help (yet) I have recently added the OV intelligent headphones to my tech arsenal. And now Alexa is just a click away whether I’m working on a recipe post in the kitchen or mid photoshoot. Voice Command With Alexa is just one of the game-changing features that OV offers, but the ability to add notes to my Evernote while my hands are full was enough for me to be sold on it.

Not to mention that I work 100x better when I’ve got something to keep my mind busy, AKA listening to tunes while taking photos. And with OV’s superb sound quality and control enjoying my favorite songs has never been more enjoyable. Which is why I’m excited to be teaming up with them today to share a few work from home productivity hacks that have changed the game for me. 

Over the last couple of weeks the hands free features of the headphones have taken my productivity levels to a whole new level. Because I’m the worst at having an idea pop into my head when I’m either not able to write it down or there’s not a notebook to be found. No more ideas for upcoming blog posts that go essentially in one ear and out the other. 

With its sleek design and easy-to-engage with interface the OV fits seamless into my day-to-day life, no matter the occasion. Whether I’m working around the house or out and about running errands. Ready to learn more about OV, and what they’re aiming to do with the wearable tech category? Head on over to their site to learn more about the unique features that set this company apart from the competition. 

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Find Your Happy Place

Yes, both literally and figuratively. For me my happy place when it comes to editing photos is at a local coffee shop. While my happy place for writing is either in bed or on the couch. I have a desk in my “home office”, but very rarely find myself at it these days. I used to try and force myself to work there, and more often than not I got less work done that I would in bed. Find what works for you and stick with it. Don’t shame yourself into sticking to a traditional schedule or workspace. You have the freedom to choose what works best for you. Now celebrate it! P.S. There are some amazing laptop tables at the majority of retailers these days that make working from the couch a dream come true. 

Wear A Watch

Weird? Possibly. But I promise it’s helpful. Challenge yourself to only look at your watch to tell the time. It’ll save you from checking your phone “to see the time”, and in turn it’ll save you from falling into the wormhole that is Instagram. Brave enough to try it? Let me know how it pans out for you. It’s been a major timesaver for me! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wasted hours on social media without even realizing it. And when you’re a one man show every minute counts. 

Take Time For Yourself

Last, but not least, learn to take time for yourself throughout the day. It’s incredibly easy when working from home to fall into a routine and forget to eat, shower, or even talk to another human all day long. At first it’s not too bad, but after a while you’ll begin to feel crazy and it’ll start to negatively impact your work – trust me. If you’re beginning to feel burnt out on a project or photo edit stop what you’re doing, get off the couch, and go do something. For me, that’s doing dishes or running to the local coffee shop to grab a coffee. It’s amazing what those few minutes you take for yourself can do. You’ve earned this opportunity to be your own boss, and you deserve to celebrate that every single day. 

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In My Corner

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Can’t believe I’ve been blogging at The Kentucky Gent for almost four years now – two of which have been full-time. CRAZY how time flies. I’ve learned a lot over the years, but I’m humble enough to admit that there’s still a lot left to learn. Actually, it’s one of my least/most favorite things about this industry. It’s literally changing each and every day and learning to roll with the punches has never been more important. 

Something that hasn’t changed though is the industry here in Louisville. There’s still only a handful of bloggers in the city. And you can count the amount of those of us doing it full time on one hand. Meaning it gets lonely, and while I love my friends and family – the vast majority of them don’t full understand what this job entails. In the past I’ve shared posts on What I Do and Bloggers vs. Blogging but never dove into how I make money and who helps me do that. 

But when Collectively reached about helping launch their new site I knew this was the perfect chance to do just that. If you’re in the industry and haven’t heard of them, you’re missing out. Because they’re hands down my favorite Influencer Agency to work with.  The majority of my revenue comes from sponsored content. Meaning I create content (photos, videos, copy) for brands by including their product in my every day life. In the most organic way possible. 

I’ve been lucky enough to create content directly for brands over the years, but Collectively makes my life SO much easier. They’re constantly in my corner, considering me for opportunities, and handling all the nitty-gritty that I’m not a fan of. Like contracts and billing. Which means I have more time to do what I love, taking photos and writing. 

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I’ve been fortunate enough to meet several of the Collectively team members over the years, even though I live in Kentucky, and consider them good friends. Which, for me, as a the ONLY guy doing what I do within a 100 mile radius is needed. They’ve been in my corner since day one. Advocating for my brand. Helping me build my business. And making it easier than ever to do all of the above. 

As I said before, I love my friends and family locally, but at the end of the day they don’t get it. While I love what I do it does get incredibly lonely. Especially when living in a smaller town like Louisville. But because of the relationships I’ve built with the Collectively team I know that I’m able to reach out to their Community team at any time. They have become invaluable assets to me and my brand, and I know without a doubt I would not be where I am today without their help and guidance. 

Because at the end of the day I know that even though I’m a one man show (for now) in Kentucky. There’s a dedicated team going to bat for me day after day at Collectively HQ. And that’s invaluable. I literally don’t have the time or the energy to do it all and now I don’t have to. If you’re in the industry or just want to learn more about what they do now’s the perfect time. Their new site is beyond gorgeous, and you may just see a familiar face!

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