Six Simple Things To Do To Be More Productive

Have you ever gotten to the end of the day and wondered what you had gotten accomplished? You know you made dinner, and maybe a load of laundry or two, but what else? I’ve been there, and it’s not fun. It feels kind of like a wasted day. Or maybe you meant to call the doctor’s office and insurance company, but before you knew it the day was over and they were closed. If that’s you more often than you’d like to admit, here are a few tips to help you be more productive each day.

Six Simple Things to do to be More Productive

  • Start the night before. Even if you don’t lay out your clothes or pick up the entire house so it’ll look nice in the morning, you can start by going to bed on time. Not everyone wants or needs to have the lights off by 10:00, so you’ll have to find the time that works with your work, family and life schedule, and then stick with that time. You’ll wake up rested and ready for the day.

  • Plan your day. Make sure you list everything that either NEEDS to get done or you WANT to get done. You may not end up getting everything finished by the end of the day, but you will now have something to start the next day with. Having a list also helps when you have finished one project to know what to go on to. Without a list, it’s too easy to sit down and lose thirty minutes on social media or sitting in front  of the television watching mindless shows. If you are looking for a daily planner  then this one might be just perfect for you. It’s small, so will fit perfectly in your purse, and it doesn’t have the months written on it, so you can start it at any point. It also has large spaces for writing out the things you want to accomplish each day.

  • Schedule your hardest things for the morning. This is the time you are freshest and able to put your total mind or body into a project. This may mean moving around your schedule a bit. If you normally work from home in the afternoon when you are tired and not as fresh, see if you can switch it up to work in the morning. Chances are, the same amount of work will now take you less time to accomplish.

  • Stay off social media as much as possible. Remember step 2? I know we all like to see what’s happening on Facebook or Twitter, but do you really need to check it every 30 minutes, or have a tab open on your computer? And when you do get on those sites, hold back from getting into accusatory conversations as much as possible. These suck up time and energy without accomplishing anything.

  • Say “No” more often. When you are being pulled in ten different directions, everything might not get accomplished, at least not without a lot of stress being placed on you or your family. When you limit the number of “Yeses” on your time and family, you enjoy the chosen few more, and can do a better job with them.

  • Delegate! This is one of the great things about having kids. It can be hard at first, but if you train them from a young age, they can help and then take over a lot of different chores around the house. This also works in an office setting! Before you know it, everyone else will have all your jobs and you can just sit around all day! (wait, is that just my dream?)

I’m not trying to tell you to never take a break; far from it. You should schedule breaks for a drink, for exercise or to even meet a friend for lunch. But make sure they are worthwhile breaks where you can rejuvenate your mind, body or soul. Don’t let them be stolen from you through things that don’t matter at the end of the day.

 

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