Do you ever feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day? I don’t know about you, but I consider myself a very productive and efficient person. If I’m being honest, sometimes I think I’m a little too efficient, as I can easily get frustrated if things aren’t going as smoothly as possible. But in times when I have a lot on my plate, I constantly find myself starting one thing and moving on to the next before finishing and am easily distracted, something I like to call “overstimulation ADD”. Can you relate?
This has never been more apparent than now, as I am working to grow this little ol’ blog of mine while also managing my full-time “day” job. Here are six tips to help increase your productivity throughout the day that I have found helpful when trying to “fit it all in”!
Get on a regular sleep schedule. I am not a morning person at all, but I’m realizing the importance of getting into a regular sleep routine. When I stay up late or get up earlier than usual, it can throw me completely out of whack and result in less energy throughout the day. A good night’s sleep is key to establishing a regular sleep routine, and this post from Pellerini Proclaims is sure to help you hit the pillow faster.
For me personally, it’s a goal of mine to work towards an earlier wake up time. No matter how much I hate it, I find I can get more done if I have a few extra hours in the morning. These tips from Cohesive Fitness have been extremely helpful in this new endeavor!
Get organized and make it fun! Whenever I start a new project, I have to have all of the essentials. You know, pretty folders (I have these and am obsessed), colorful sticky notes, a white/chalk board, and highlighters that can be found in every color of the rainbow. Why? Because if I’m going to get organized, I might as well make it fun and something to look forward to!
Make a to-do list for the day. Those who know me know I love to create lists. There’s just nothing like that feeling of crossing something off once it’s completed. Sometimes, I will add something just to run my (colorful) marker through it, even after it’s already done! Tell me I’m not the only crazy one out there… The key to making a realistic to-do list is to make sure it is manageable and that all of the items can be done that day.
Create an agenda and block time for specific projects. I do this during the weekdays and on the weekend when I have a lot of errands to run. Think through when and how you are going to get your “to-dos” done for the day before getting started. If you have a job or several projects you are working on, block out times on your calendar. By creating time blocks, it is easier to focus on the task at hand (even though I know it’s so tempting to pick up your phone and scroll through Facebook or Instagram!) without getting sidetracked.
Turn off your phone and/or notifications. There’s nothing more distracting than the chime from your phone or computer every time you get an email, text, or a social media notification. If you have blocked a window of time to get a specific project completed, do yourself a favor and turn off those chimes, buzzes and beeps!
One of my favorite tools for turning off email notifications is called Inbox Pause. It places a pause button in my gmail account that I can click when I am trying to work on other things. No more annoying pop ups tempting me to immediately visit my inbox!
Eat right! There’s a method to my healthy madness. Ever since focusing on eating better by consuming whole ingredients and plant-based meals (don’t worry, there’s still a place for just about everything in my diet!) I have noticed that I not only feel better, but I can focus without having to reach for the extra cup of coffee in the afternoon. My husband even mentioned that since making him a green smoothie every day he has noticed an increase in energy! And this is coming from a guy who claims he enjoys coffee more than beer. So naturally, this proclamation rocked my world! For tips on how to get more fruits and vegetables (energy boosters!) in your diet, check out this post.