We all start the year making plans and writing down goals and list for having a super productive year where we’ll get stuff done! But, about a month into the year, life catches up with us and we get into a slumber and the excitement we had in January is gone. Our productivity is zero because we have to juggle life, work, AND a blog or small business, right? If this sounds exactly like you, then listen up!
Today I want to share with you my top 5 tips for being insanely productive and getting more out of my day without leaving me feeling like a total zombie!
CHANGE YOUR SCENERY
A change is as good as a holiday, right? I spend most of my day sitting behind a pc, staring at the same wall every single day! When I want to take a few hours to blog, I change my scenery. Whether it means sitting outside in the sun to blog, or just on the bed at home, or even in our home office, I find that a change of scenery can change my mood completely and make me feel super productive! Truth is, just changing my surroundings will supercharge my mood and my energy levels and I get stuff done! Sometimes, I can spend a good two productive hours and tick off everything on my list! Which leads me to my next point…
MAKE A LIST
I don’t know about you guys, but I can’t go willy-nilly about my day! I have to have my day planned out to the second! At the start of every week, I sit down and take 10 minutes to plan out my day and I make a list of everything I have to do for that specific day. On that day, I take my list and I plan my day according to what’s on my list! Before the day is over, I make sure that I have ticked off everything from my list.
BE REALISTIC ABOUT YOUR TASKS
You don’t have to do everything at once to feel accomplished about your day! If your goal is to launch an ebook in 6 weeks, plan out your day accordingly. Don’t spend the two days before the launch fretting about writing, editing and designing an ebook! Be realistic about your daily tasks. If you can foresee that you won’t have enough time for completing XYZ on day A, don’t schedule to complete XYZ on day A. I’m saying this again, Rome wasn’t built in a day. You don’t have to do everything on one day!
DO THE WORST TASK FIRST
Take a look at your to-do list for the day. Is there something you are dreading doing? Do that task first. Why? Because it sets you up for excitement for doing the next tasks on the list. Not just that, but you won’t spend the entire day thinking about that dreaded task and procrastinating about getting it done. Once it is done, it is done and you can move on to the next (more exciting) thing on your list
TAKE A BREAK
I schedule downtime every single week. Whether it is a whole Saturday, or a few hours during the week, I make time in my diary for doing absolutely nothing. There is nothing that makes me feel more energized and ready to get going than a break! After a break, I feel more positive about the tasks ahead and I can accomplish it much faster.