Everyone wants to be more productive.. until it’s time to take action. It can be difficult to change your habits and start new routines. Being productive doesn’t have to be difficult, make small changes and before you know it your productivity will increase.
Should everyone be more productive? YES. Start your day off right, get things done early, and do the things you want to do. We often feel much more accomplished at the end of a PRODUCTIVE day.
Start slow when making changes in any aspect of your life. Change one thing from the list below this month and once it becomes a habit, add another. Changing everything at once doesn’t make you more productive, it slows you down.
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1. MAKE YOUR BED
Start your day off on the right foot by making your bed.
I get it when you wake up in the morning the last thing you want to do is make your bed. I’m personally NOT a morning person so this one is hard at times.
After I do it though, I feel so satisfied. I’ve already marked one thing off my checklist so early in the day, what’s next? I feel like I can get anything done when I start the day off right. If you don’t feel this way after making your bed, just look forward to coming home to a nice comfortable bed.
This “make your bed” theory for increasing productivity has been mentioned numerous times throughout history by numerous successful people. Admiral William H. McRaven spoke on this during his University of Texas commencement speech.
“If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day,” ….It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another. And by the end of the day that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed”.
2. Plan Ahead
Planning ahead is the best way to stay organized, productive, and achieve your goals.
When people are trying to lose weight, what do they do? They meal prep and/or plan their meals. This involves planning ahead for the given week and preparing ahead of time.
It’s much more difficult to eat better when you don’t plan ahead. You didn’t plan your lunch, now what? You’re starving and McDonald’s right there, it’s calling your name. What the heck, it’s cheap right? NO, it’s not part of your plan or your goal.
HAVE A PLAN AND STICK TO IT!
Here are a few quotes on planning:
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
“Always, Always have a plan”
“A clear vision, backed by definite plans, gives you a tremendous feeling of confidence and personal power.”
“A man who does not plan long ahead will find trouble at his door.” ― Confucius, Chinese philosopher
3. Take care of YOU
When you’re taking care of everyone with the exception yourself, it starts to wear on you.
It’s important to take time for yourself. You should feel healthy mentally and physically, this alone will increase your productivity. If you feel tired, and worn down you’re not gonna want to get much done.
Think: Mind, Body, and Soul.
SELF CARE TIPS/IDEAS:
- Get enough sleep.
- Stick to a healthy diet.
- Surround yourself with positive people.
4. Write things down
This goes back to planning ahead.
This was the main reason I got into bullet journaling. I could use it as a tool for planning my whole life. I’ve bought tons of planners over the years and I get to about mid-February and forget I even have a planner. Why? The setup. It’s so vague and designed to plan out appointments and upcoming events. I need to plan EVERYTHING. School, my kid’s lives, my husband’s appointments, budgets, groceries, diets, habits, goals, and MUCH MORE.
You can set up a bullet journal to accompany your needs, without having to settle for what a planner offers. Now, you may be thinking you’re not an artist and you can’t do it. YES, YOU CAN. If I can do it, SO CAN YOU. You don’t have to create elaborate spreads with calligraphy and watercolors in your bullet journal. The only thing you have to do is make it functional for you.
If you want to get started on your own bullet journal check out Bullet Journaling 101- Getting Started HERE. Or click the image below!
5. Keep your Workspace Clean
Having a cluttered desk, kitchen, bedroom, or any room for that matter will only distract you from your goals.
Being surrounded by clutter is not only distracting but it also wastes time. Looking for things you can’t find due to clutter is time wasted.
You could have already gotten something marked off your checklist, but you were too busy looking for something… becuase of YOUR clutter.
Clean it. Simple as that. You don’t need that paper from last month on your desk. If it were that important you would have already done something with it by now. File it, or throw it away.
6. Get rid of crap you don’t need – everywhere.
Just like that paper you threw away or filed if you don’t need it, get rid of it.
I’m pretty sure you have clothes in your closet that you don’t wear, or books you’ll never read again. Why do you still have this stuff? Need help with tidying up? I recommend taking a look at Marie Kondo. She IS the tidying expert! She’s loved organizing since she was a child and turned this into a business at the age of 19!
The KonMari Method™ encourages tidying by category – not by location – beginning with clothes, then moving on to books, papers, komono (miscellaneous items), and, finally, sentimental items. Keep only those things that speak to the heart, and discard items that no longer spark joy. Thank them for their service – then let them go.
A few Marie Kondo resources include:
NETFLIX- “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo”
Tidying Up with Marie Kondo: The Book Collection: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy (AVAILABLE OCTOBER 15, 2019)