I often feel as though there aren’t enough hours in a day and I know I’m not alone. We all have so much to accomplish each day that it can be hard to find the time to get everything done each day and still feel like we have enough time to do the things we love. For today’s post I am sharing my 7 tips for getting more done in a day. These tips will help you maximize productivity and enjoy more downtime.
Write a to-do list
Write down everything that you need to accomplish at the start of each day. It is a great way to see everything that you need to get done. This also ensures nothing gets forgotten about. I find having a to-do list helps me stay on task and feel energized for the day ahead as well. If I can see what still needs to be completed, I am less likely to waste time when I finish a task before moving on to the next. I also get satisfaction from checking off completed tasks. It helps me feel more productive throughout the day and keeps my momentum going.
Put your phone away
My phone is a huge distraction when it comes to getting things done. While this isn’t always a feasible option as I use my phone a lot when I’m blogging; I try to put it away when I don’t absolutely need to be using it. When I’m writing blog posts, needing to clean, etc. it can be easy to take mini breaks every time my phone goes off. I find putting it on silent allows me to get what I need to get done accomplished faster.
Stay off social media
Social media is a huge time-waster for me. While it’s an important tool when it comes to blogging, I am guilty of checking it way more than is needed in a day. By only checking it a few times a day instead of every half hour, I am able to get more done while still feeling like I’m not missing out on what my friends are up to.
Schedule small breaks for yourself throughout the day
Breaks are key when it comes to getting more accomplished, which sounds odd but it’s true. If you overwork yourself with no breaks throughout the day you’re going to feel burnt out and your brain isn’t going to function as well. Taking little 5 minute breaks every hour or so will help you clear your mind so you can get back to the task at hand.
Clean up your work area at the end of each day
I personally need to work in a clean work space. So, tidying up my desk at the end of each day ensures a fresh start for the next day. Clutter makes it easy for me to feel overwhelmed which is never a good way to begin the day. Taking 5 minutes at the end of the day is actually a nice way to wind down. It helps me feel as though everything I needed to deal with has been handled and I can begin to unwind.
Don’t skip your workout
I don’t love working out so when I’m busy it’s one of the first things I am willing to eliminate from my day in order to free up time. This is something I want to stop doing, though. Exercise is really important for my mental health. When I have a lot on the go it is easy for me to get stressed out; but exercise is such a great way to manage this. I may not always make time for a full hour when I’m particularly busy, but even a half hour walk is enough. It gives me a break to clear my head and help me de-stress.
Have a small treat at the end of a successful day
Set up a small reward at the beginning of the day. It’s great incentive when it comes to getting your work done. This doesn’t have to be something major; just something little to look forward to so long as you complete your to-do list. Things like enjoying a glass of wine, having a bubble bath, doing a face mask, or meeting a friend for coffee are great, inexpensive rewards to treat yourself to for a job well done.
How do you get your to-do list done each day?
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