There are some people that love to Netflix and chill and there are others that have to always be doing SOMETHING.
I fall into the latter category.
If I’m sitting around doing nothing, there is something wrong! It makes me depressed to feel unproductive from the time I wake up to the time I go to bed.
With the being said, I have learned a thing or two on how to be productive.
Tips for being productive at home
Chances are, if you are the mom, you are head of the household. You probably know who has to be where when and for how long. You know how much it will cost, who has to drive them there, and what’s for dinner. You know kid #1 will need to wash clothes before going to bed so they are ready for practice in the morning. You’ll know kid#2 is having a sleepover, so the house will need to be cleaned, food will need to be bought, and parents will need directions.
It’s an endless sea of responsibilities and somehow, we have to keep up with it all.
Be Organized. Tip#1 is get organized. The more organized you are, the better off you’ll be. I use a Happy Planner (and totally geek out over Happy Planner displays). I write down everything I hope to accomplish with my blog and freelance business each day. For appointments, I can’t live without my Google calendar on my phone. I color coordinate all my entries, too. For example, doctor appointments are red, band practice is orange, etc…That way I can quickly see what I have going on when.
I recently saw a YouTube video for a digital planner on the iPad. I must admit I was very intrigued. Maybe one day soon I will revisit that. If you want, check out the video here.
Take a glance at what you have coming up for the week on Sunday and every night before bed, look at what you have going on for the following day.
And don’t get mad and roll your eyes at your husband when you have to repeat the schedule 5oo times. He can’t help it. He has CRS disease.
Create a schedule. Create a schedule for things that need to get done on a repeating basis at home. For example, if you grocery shop weekly, create your list on Thursday and plan to shop every Friday.
Pack your lunch for the next day as soon as you’re finished eating dinner.
Wash your sheets every Saturday.
Give the animals their flea meds on the first of every month.
You get the picture. Create a routine.
Time Block. Time blocking is a way to plan your day in blocks of time. Have you ever found yourself with so much to do, you end up doing nothing because of the overwhelm? Instead of focusing on doing all the things in a certain amount of time, just focus on doing one thing for a period of time before moving on to another already planned out item. Basically, you are scheduling your day in blocks of labelled time. If you have it on your calendar, you’re more bound to do it.
You’ll also be able to look back at how you spend your time and learn to tweak it for better productivity.
Get off the phone. I’m going to give you some advice that will literally change your life. Put. Down. The. Phone. For realz. Just walk away. How many of you find yourself reaching for your phone the second you start to get bored? You’re not even giving yourself a chance to think of productive things to do. I know I’m guilty of doing this and I’m trying to be more aware of it. I’m here to tell ya, it’s a hard habit to break. So, the next time you find yourself reaching for your phone, take a deep breath, and walk away. I can guarantee you’ll find something better to do with your time.
Tips for being productive at work
Avoid the office gossip. Avoiding office gossip is like rubber necking past a car accident. You know you shouldn’t do it, but you just can’t help yourself. Not only is gossip hurtful to those we talk about, but it wastes time in the workplace. Next time you find yourself surrounded by gossipers, kindly remove yourself from the situation.
Only look at email twice a day. Who out there is guilty of clicking on that inbox notification as soon as it comes through? I know I am! But it really can mess up your concentration and divert your attention elsewhere. Learn to check it only a couple of times a day (and maybe even turn off the email notifications).
Take quick 5-minute breaks. If you have a desk job where you sit for long periods of time, don’t forget to get up and move around every so often. Getting up and walking around (especially if you can get some fresh air) can really increase your productivity once you sit back down and get to work.
Work in 90-minute intervals. There have been actual studies performed to prove that working in 90-minute intervals make you more productive. So, don’t power through an unwanted task for hours on end. Schedule these intervals and do your best work knowing you only have to do it for 90 minutes.
Just say no to meetings. If you can, say no to meetings. They can become a place no one needs to be: ANALYSIS PARALYSIS. How many meetings have you been to that lasted hours and a simple email would’ve sufficed? Meetings can definitely be time suck.
I hope that I’ve given you some ideas on how to increase your productivity. Of course, there are SO MANY other ideas to explore. Do you have any tricks you’d like to share? If you’d like some ideas on maintaining work-life balance, then read my article https://www.shellycriswell.com/achieving-work-life-balance/ .
If you’d like to participate in a productivity challenge to get you motivated, I created a 30-day challenge just for you!