I will be the first to admit that some days I am not as productive as I should be or would even like to be, and that is ok. When it comes to managing our lives we need to love our mess and give ourselves grace (Can I get an Amen?)! I want to share some of my secret tips to being productive and organized...everyday. These tips, don't need storage bins or labels - just action and consistency. Can't wait to hear which ones you will be adding to your routine!
1. Make Your Bed First Thing in the Morning. | This is the first thing I do when I get out of bed. I don't know if it is because I love climbing into a nicely made bed after a long day or this is my mind and actions setting the intention of my day, either way this has been one way simple way that you can be productive first thing in the morning. Honestly, I didn't start doing this until 6 months ago and it changes my whole morning routine.
2. Get Your Chores Out of the Way Before You Leave. | You may hate me for suggesting this...but I found a secret to my productivity and organization is accomplishing my "chores" first thing in the morning (after I make my coffee, of course). I knock out the dishes, laundry, picking-up the house, light cleaning all within the first 30-60 minutes of my day. That way everything is organized before I go to work and I have set my intention for a productive day. Most importantly, I am doing the things I dislike in smaller time frames throughout the week and before my brain realizes what I am doing.
3. Set Three Priorities Daily. | In The List Queen Handbook, I talk about simplifying your to-do list to help you focus on the three tasks you need to complete. No, I didn't just come up with the number three, it is scientifically proven that our brain process and retains information in thirds. Plus, we all know that things come up during the day, some projects will take us longer than expected, and it's ok to not get it all done. Learn more about my methods and get my printable to-do lists to help you get started on leveling up your productivity.
4. Create a Nightly Routine. | After a long day, there is no doubt that you just want to crash and get some restful zzzz's, but how many nights have laid in bed wide awake thinking about the countless things that you have to do tomorrow, the things you didn't get done, or was just wired from cleaning the house or watching your favorite reality TV show. Yeah, we have all been there! Try adding a nightly routine to your daily schedule - declutter your mind by writing down what will wait until tomorrow, unwind with washing your face, read a few pages from a book you haven't finished, have story time with your kids, or write in your gratitude/manifestation journal. Start focusing on getting your mind and body into a routine to allow you rest for a productive day tomorrow.
5. Find Balance in Your Schedule. | When I say balance, I mean take some time for yourself, your friends, and your family. There is nothing more vital to your well being than focusing on socializing and self-care. Even if you can only spare Sunday or an hour each day, take that time to focus in and feed your soul, sis. We all need that time to refresh, regroup, and be joyful - why are you holding yourself back from focusing on you. If you aren't sure where you can find time in your schedule, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get you a FREE copy for The Time Audit Handbook to help discover how you can - you deserve the freedom of time for bettering you. <3