Have you been feeling like a slacker lately and just can't seem to get out of it? You're definitely not alone! It's easy to get super overwhelmed with life and feel like you can't get the things done you need to, or wish to finish. Keep reading for some practical ways to create a more productive day and overall environment!
Table of contents:
- get up earlier
- make your bed first thing!
- get in some exercise
- eat well
- make a to-do list
- don't overwhelm yourself
- create space for "you"
- take more breaks
- knock out your most challenging tasks before lunch
- stop multi-tasking
1 Get up Earlier
The very first thing you should be focusing on when needing to be productive is making sure you're getting adequate sleep! Go to bed at a reasonable hour and don't hit the snooze button a million times before you get up. Get up earlier than you're used to, even if it's only by 15-20 min. It makes a difference!
2 Make Your Bed First Thing!
I always tell myself that if the day doesn't go as planed, at least I've made my bed. It sounds silly, but it sets the precedent for the day and makes the house feel tidier (even if it's not!). One small productive act of making your bed can set the tone for more productive acts throughout the rest of the day.
3 Get in Some Exercise
We all know the health benefits of exercise, which includes mental health and clarity. Burning calories, breaking a sweat and working your muscles actually boosts your mood and mental clarity! Working on your health and fitness is always a productive way to spend your time, and in-turn makes you more likely to accomplish your other tasks.
4 Eat Well
Along with exercise, eating well creates the right energy levels and mental clarity to be a more productive person. Eating too much sugar or carbs for example, can cause a crash and brain fog later in the afternoon making, it less likely to get real work done. Listen to your body and feed it what it needs, but don't forget the occasional treat! Life's all about moderation after all.
5 Make a to-do List
I always feel more productive when I create a to-do list. Sometimes the list can seem daunting if it's long, but it's a tangible way to see what needs to be done, instead of all the thoughts circling my brain and making me stressed. Another benefit of to-do lists is being able to cross off completed tasks!
6 Don't Overwhelm Yourself
Remember not to overwhelm yourself with too make tasks in one day because it's creates unnecessary stress. Instead of catching up on emails AND cleaning the entire house, focus on one task and do it well. You'll feel more at ease.
7 Create Space for "you"
Finally, and arguably most importantly, you need to create space for you to just breathe and relax. Find something that rejuvenates you and do it once a week at least! If you only focus on what you need to do and neglect time for yourself, you'll burn out way too quickly!
8 Take More Breaks
If you have a headache and your eyes are glazed over from looking at your computer screen, this is a sign to take a break. Give yourself a moment to refresh. Grab a snack, take a walk, or meditate to recharge your batteries to achieve greater efficiency.
9 Knock out Your Most Challenging Tasks before Lunch
Your mind is fresh in the mornings. By tackling your most challenging tasks first, you'll be able to manage your time more wisely.
10 Stop Multi-tasking
When you're doing 10 things at once, you can't put all your energy on tackling one thing. Start focusing all of your attention on one task at a time. You'll be amazed at the results.
Being a major procrastinator myself, I find these tips to be really helpful in creating a more productive environment! Do you ladies have any tips to add?
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