In a perfect world, we would always be working towards our goals and being our most productive selves. But honestly, it’s easier said than done. There lots of distractions in our lives that can take us off course. Without proper planning and implementing the right habits, reaching our goals can be hard. This year, I’m making a habit of creating more routines for myself. And with routines, productivity naturally falls into place. Today, I’m sharing my top tips on how to be productive and get more done, so we can create a life that sparks joy and contentment.

How To Be Productive And Get More Done

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Create a Routine that Works Toward Your Goal

A good routine creates a snowball effect of good habits that lead to productivity. The first thing you should do is think about the goals you’ve set for yourself. Then center your routine around those goals. Are you trying to eat healthier? Maybe a routine you could implement is meal prepping on Sundays, so you don’t have to cook a meal from start to finish each night.

Is one of your goals to have a less chaotic morning? Try getting up a little earlier than the rest of your family or get up a little earlier so you have more time before you have to leave for work etc. Have some quiet time and read, prep lunches and start getting ready for the day without any distractions from anyone. Stay off social media until later in the day, so you don’t lose out on precious time you could be spending on doing something that will make you feel good.

Plan Your Week Ahead of Time

You want to be proactive about your schedule – not reactive. I dedicate Fridays to planning for the next week. I write down every single thing circling in my head that I need to get finished the next week. Then, I also write down deadlines, appointments and personal events I have the next week. With all that information, I then schedule my next week out. You can use any method that works best for you. I love using a weekly planner and write out my schedule. I also really love using these daily planner sheets to keep me on task throughout the day.

Using something like Google calendar is helpful too because you can schedule tasks that you need to complete around the events and appointments you have. Of course different things pop up, but at least you have a solid foundation of what your week will look like. You should own your time. Your time shouldn’t own you.

Aside from Fridays being my planning days, I also use Fridays as my “catch up” day to finish up tasks I didn’t complete during the week. That way when Monday comes around, I don’t already feel behind.

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Audit Yourself

As you begin implementing a routine into your day, assess what is going well for you. Are there areas where you can automate something to build on your success? Maybe it’s as simple as scheduling a load of laundry to start an hour before you arrive home in the evening. Then, all you have to do is throw in the dryer and fold once you’re settled in. Are there tasks that you can hire out to help you have a better balance and reach your goals? Simple things that can be tweaked to make your life just a little easier can all add up to help you have more time to spend on your goals.

You also want to access what things aren’t working for you and throwing you off course to achieving your goals. Maybe you’re having a hard time creating boundaries with family, friends or co-workers. Or maybe there are pockets of time in your day that are being wasted on something. Whatever it is that’s not bringing you joy and helping you reach your goals, access if you truly need that in your life or can alter it in some way.

Eat the Frog

Have you ever heard of the phrase, “Eat the frog?” Though it sounds weird, the meaning behind is quite brilliant. Once you’ve planned out your day with your handy planner, identify the toughest task on your plate. Do that one first! By getting the hardest task checked off your list first not only gives you a sense of accomplishment, but also takes a weight off your shoulders early in the day. Basically, your day can only go up from there, which is our goal every day right? End our day on the highest note. 🙂

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Unplug from Social Media

Have you ever logged onto Instagram or TikTok or another social media platform, and looked up only to find it’s an hour later? We’ve all been there. I recently started putting a time limit on my phone for all my social media apps at one hour per day. This helps me understand how much time I’ve been on social media, helps be intentional about time spent on those apps and not waste as much time. You can extend the time if you want, but still keeps you in-check for how long you’ve actually spent on social media throughout the day.

Think about what you could do with the time you spend on social media. Instead of mindlessly scrolling the apps, sneak in a few minutes of reading time in. Another one of my goals is to read more this year, so that would be a perfect thing for me to do during down time – even if it’s just five minutes – instead of hopping on a social media app.

Stick to One Task at a Time

Whether you’re a good multitasker or not, sometimes it’s just best to stick to doing one thing at a time. I like to think of it as you can either do a mediocre job at doing two things at once or do your very best while doing just one thing. If I’m going to do something and spend my time doing it, I want it to be the best it can be. So why not just focus on doing one thing at a time instead of doing two or three things. I bet you’ll find you can do just as much in a day doing one thing at a time rather than doing multiple things at once.

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Prioritize Self Care

When you have a million and one things on your to-do list, it can be hard to simultaneously take care of yourself too. But I challenge you to do something for yourself every single day and see how much better your day is. Whether it’s getting in a 20-minute workout, reading quietly with a coffee or taking a shower and putting on makeup in the morning, see how much more centered and grounded you feel to take on the challenges of the day. Without your sanity and peace of mind, it’s hard to focus on the tasks for the day.

For at least five out of the seven days of the week, I challenge myself to get up before Josie, and have some quiet time. Then, I get ready for the day even if I don’t plan to leave the house. It’s amazing how much better you feel when you just put a little makeup on, do your hair and wear something other than comfies (though I do love me a good lounge set).

What’s something that helps you be more productive? Let me know in the comments below!

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