8 tips to streamline your day, find balance in your work and your life, and work smarter, not harder to get a lot done in less time.
Total disclaimer: That post title sounds all kinds of high and mighty so lemme back up…
Productivity and I, we’ve had quite the fling happening between us for the past several years. It’s a love/hate relationship but it works somehow.
I can’t begin to tell you how I managed to be a full-time 8-4 teacher, wrangled a toddler, made over our house top to bottom alongside Robert, created this website, learned photography and wrote, and kept up with everything else in life back when this blog started 6 years ago.
But I guess I did something right because here we are doing this blogging gig as our full-time job.
My productivity hacks aren’t something I thought anyone would care to hear about, but then when I asked a bunch of y’all on Instagram a few weeks ago what you wanted to see from me and needed help with the most, there was one resounding topic that kept popping up:
How to Be More Productive
This is just what works for me…
1. Time Block
Every night before I go to sleep, I write down a to-do list for the next day. I organize each task in order of how they need to be accomplished and I set a schedule like this:
I’ve been doing this for YEARS! It has been the number one way I stay on track each day and keeps me from tossing and turning at night thinking of everything I need to do. Write it, forget it, and lights out.
2. Use a Planner
I like to plan out all of our family’s appointments, events, and activities along with our projects at least a month in advance. And I love setting larger long-term goals at the beginning of every year (like how we made our 2020 house goals).
I just got this planner from Tidbits Planners, and I absolutely love it so far because it incorporates the time blocking method I use so much. It’s pretty, clean, and simple so that I can streamline everything without a lot of “fluff”.
3. Don’t Multitask
Seriously. I have a hard time breaking myself of this one because as moms, I think we naturally are multitaskers. But I discovered once I started “batching” my work, I got more accomplished.
4. Get Enough Sleep
I need someone to preach this one to me because I’m a night owl, but when I get 8 hours of sleep, I’m an unstoppable productivity machine. And I’m nicer to my kids so there’s that. Haha!
5. Turn On Music
There’s just something about putting on good jams while I knock out hard work that gets me in the “zone”. It works. I swear.
What’s that Mark Twain saying? “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” Tackle your worst, most difficult task at the beginning of the day and the rest will be smooth sailing.
7. Reward Yourself
I try to make Fridays my reward days. If I can manage to cross off everything on my to-do list by Thursday, I’ll reward myself with a lunch outing or a little shopping or catch up with friends on Facebook/Instagram. Makes accomplishing goals even more awesome.
8. Learn to Say No
I have a hard time with this one, but this past year, it’s been a valuable lesson. I’ve said no to “great opportunities” and I’m okay with it. Take on less stuff, if you can. It’s okay to not pack your schedule with family trips or school events or appointments or whatever. Know your limits. You owe it to your health.
Anyways, maybe that helps? For any of y’all who asked me, hopefully that at least gave you a boost in goal-getterness?
Do you have any others you’d add to the list? Teach me! Because I don’t know it all either.
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