Ever watch the clock hit 6:00 PM and wonder where the day went?

You’re not alone. It’s all too easy to let the tasks stack up and the hours slip by.

We all know time management is king for a fulfilling, productive day. But, it also happens to be very elusive, especially if you don’t step back and channel your energies the right way.

Knowing that, we put together a list of important productivity do’s and don’ts to keep you on track in the studio. And in the spirit of saving time, we made them short and sweet!

Do Create a To Do List

Plan what you want to accomplish each day before you start. Write down everything you need to do before you forget it. Then prioritize your tasks having no more than two primary goals per day. This physical list is also a nice reminder to have on hand. And you get the lovely satisfaction of crossing tasks off as you complete them.

Don’t Work With Distractions

We live in a world brimming with digital distractions whether it’s a text, email, or Facebook message. We suggest setting a time to check email and phone messages for later in the afternoon. If you check them first thing in the morning, it’s tempting to let them eat up hours of your time or even the whole day.

Do Take Breaks

If you can’t focus, recharge and come back to it. Get up, stretch, and move around. Grab a cup of tea. Take a quick nap or meditate if you need to. Breaks make you happier and help you stay focused.

Don’t Feel Guilty Saying “No”

While there are many wonderful opportunities out there, it’s impossible to do all of them. Evaluate every task before you agree. Make sure it fits in with your schedule and commitments. You have to consider what’s most important and decline opportunities that get in the way of your priorities.

Do Reflect Each Week

Look back at each week and see what you’ve accomplished. Ask yourself if you set realistic goals. And identify time wasters so you can prevent them in the future. Look to see what’s coming up in the weeks ahead. Then you can plan out the important tasks for next week.

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