One of my goals in life is to be as productive as possible! Really, I just want to get a lot done in the least amount of time! I always like to busy and I always like to push myself to get more done. I get bored easily and I never want to focus on just one thing. Because of that, I always feel as though I have a million things going. I also really enjoy relaxing though, watching TV and trying my hardest to get healthy. Here are some of my tips for making the most of your time.
Make a to do list
Okay, so I’m going to be honest. My to do lists are ridiculous. I have lists for my lists, and lists for those lists. I’m basically a list addict. If it’s not written down somewhere, chances are it’s not going to get done (because I probably just won’t remember!). I use the app Wunderlist to create a weekly to do list. It keeps track of things I try to do everyday, as well as things I do both weekly, monthly and every once in a while. I put my chores on there, my TV shows, blogging tasks, and tasks for all of the side jobs I’m working to make happen right now. All of my repeating to dos can be found in one place and I don’t have to try to remember them all.
On top of that, I have my physical planner where I write tasks I want to get done that are individual to each week. I use the Happy Planner and I love it! You can see my post on my planner here. Some weeks there will barely be anything in the week, other weeks it will be almost full.
With all of this being said, find a list making system that works for you! That way when you’re trying to figure out what you need to do each day, you’ll already have it written down. It doesn’t have to be as in-depth as my system, it just has to be something!
Pick your top three
Just recently I started determining what my top three to dos are each day. Once I have made my to do list for the week, I take a look at everything on my to do lists and decide what’s most important for me to get done. That way, when I sit down to plan my day I already have an idea of what I need to plan first. Since I know these tasks are the most important ones, it makes it easier to get them done.
Schedule your day
I used to schedule every minute of every day. I would have a minute-by-minute schedule starting the moment I planned to wake up all the way to the time I planned to go to sleep. It was helpful for me to make sure I was able to get everything done, but it also became very overwhelming. I rarely ever ended up actually following through with my day, I would get stressed if something unexpected came up and I felt like I didn’t have any time to just relax.
Recently though, I started doing things differently. I downloaded some Passion Planner pages and tried following more of their techniques. I made my to do list and updated my calendar. Once I had done all of that I sat down with colored pens and highlights and blocked out time for the big things and any projects I knew I needed to get done (things like blogging and wedding planning). I also decide when I’m going to work out. Besides these times I block out I have the freedom to work on whatever I want, or in some cases just relax and do nothing at all.
Pick an end time
By giving myself a time I want to be done with all of my tasks for the day by it encourages me to get more done during my designated “working time”. For me, my end time is 5:00 most days of the week. I also really want to work to not do any work on Sundays. Since I know come 5:00 I need to be done and putting my laptop away I’m always making sure I’m getting the most done that I can. I always know that no matter how badly I want to stop working or take a nap or anything, I’ll be done by 5:00.
Wake up earlier
I’m not going to lie, waking up earlier is always a struggle for me. Anytime before 8:30 is considered too early to me. I’m in the process of adjusting my sleep schedule though and even in the short time I’ve been doing it, my productivity has gone up so much! I’m able to get myself up, start my day, and be done working out before the time I normally even wake up! I also feel a lot less stress because I don’t feel like I’m racing the clock to get ready. Even if you only wake up 30 minutes earlier, you can still get more accomplished.
Find a space and make it yours
I find I’m most productive when I’m sitting at my desk. There’s something about having everything I need around me and knowing when I sit down at the desk it’s time to work. It puts me in the right mind set to get things done. Find a place in your home and make it your place to get things done. Put everything you might need around that area, make it your own and try to mostly be in that space when it’s time to work. That way when you sit down your brain will recognize it’s time to get to work and get things done.
Set yourself up for success
Every Sunday I sit down for a hour or so and plan for my week. I make my to do list, block out my time, make goals and just figure it all out. This saves time throughout the week. You can wake up each day and already know what the plan is.
What are your best times for being productive?