As some of you may know, I live on the coast of Florida and right now we’re starting to get buckled down to greet Hurricane Matthew at the end of the week.
There is just SO MUCH I need to get done before anything happens – in my Etsy shop, here on SweetlySparta, and in our home.
So, that’s why today I’ve got some killer tips for a super amazing, super productive day! Woohoo!
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Rise and Shine.
Step number one is to start the night before!
In order to be productive the next morning, you have to make sure that you’re getting enough sleep. An exhausted you is an unmotivated, unproductive you.
Once you get in the habit, you can conquer your mornings and enjoy a long-lasting sense of efficiency all day long.
When you’re stressed and overwhelmed, oftentimes the first thing to fly out the door is a restful night sleep. Instead, you lay in bed tossing and turning and brooding. Believe me, I’ve been there.
However, The thing that you need most in times like those is also sleep. You need to rest and you need to let your mind get a little time to recoup. In the morning, you’ll be ready to pump up your productivity like never before.
So shut down your computer, turn off your phone, and rest!
In order to have and maintain that productivity buzz, you need the right fuel for the job.
Start with a healthy, mind boosting breakfast that will provide you with the energy you need to rock your day and keep that motivation coming.
Now, I’m not saying you have to stick to a strict dietary plan, but it does help if you just jot down what you’re putting into your body and then look over it later. I had no idea how much the little, unhealthy snacks I had constantly throughout the day were affecting me until I decided to track it.
Now I can make healthier choices and fuel myself up to be productive every day!
There are lots of little things you can do to be a ‘better’ you, but all that matters is that you provide yourself a good foundation for working hard.
Organize Your Day.
Schedule. Schedule. Schedule.
I’ve said it before and I will continue repeating it until the day I stop blogging. You need to be organized if you’re going to be productive.
Now, I don’t care if that’s a messy version of organized where only you know where things are, or meticulously planned out, but you need some form of organization.
You can get my free 24 paged planner that will help you organize your weeks, months, and even years. Plus, it’ll help you track linkups, giveaways… basically everything under the sun that you could ever need for your blog.
The more that you have your day all scheduled and planned ahead, the less you’ll stress about what you need to be doing and how much time you have left.
You can also use apps like Hootsuite to schedule your social media, which can be a godsend when you find yourself suddenly overwhelmed or behind on your deadlines.
Finish the Tough Jobs First.
When you do plan out your day, give the biggest and earliest of your timeslots to the hardest task on your list.
Yep. I’m talking that bad boy who you’ve been dreading all night long, that one that you stayed up tossing and turning in bed about.
Start there, don’t put it off until the end of your day – that’s a good way to end up procrastinating it until ‘tomorrow.’ (Put on repeat.)
You have no idea how relieved and revved up you’ll be once you get it done. You’ll be ready to rock out and get all the other little things on your list finished once you have the biggest, most daunting task behind you.
Plus, oftentimes when it’s something that big and that important, it tends to take longer than you expected. If you start it earlier, there’s a less likely chance that you’ll have to work overtime to get it finished.
There are lazy ways to work on your blog, even when you’re not feeling well or have very little on your to-do list to accomplish. So, no excuses!
If you work from home like I do, productivity can be a little difficult because there are so many fun things that you can do besides actually get things done!
The truths remain self-evident though:
To be truly productive, you need to be focused.
To be truly focused, you need to have a quiet, distraction-free zone to get to WERK.
Whether you use Noise Cancelling Headphones, play classical music, whatever you do – you need to find ways to limit distractions.
Don’t mindlessly play with your phone, don’t check your email for the 12th time in an hour when you know you haven’t gotten any new mail, and don’t go play with your puppy just to put off work a little while longer. (Totally not guilty of that last one!)
There are lots of apps and techniques you can use to accomplish this, but the gist of it all boils down to: put down the games, the phone, the everything until you can check off something from your task list.
Nothing is Perfect.
This a step that I struggle with. I will seriously redo a post until my fingers bleed all over my keyboard.
Okay. Not seriously, but getting hung up on the little things is a huge way to decrease both your productivity and your motivation.
Put that perfectionism on a shelf and leave it there, it will do you very little good when it becomes overpowering and inescapable. Look at what you do, see that it is good enough. You don’t have to tweak your piece 10,000 times before it’s done.
Recognize that some of your standards are just plain impossible. Your posts or work will never be perfect (sorry) but they will be wonderful, amazing, and GREAT.
Make Time for a Reward.
The best part about obsessively scheduling your life is also obsessively scheduling ‘me’ time!
There are so many ways for you to take guilt-free time for yourself, and you need to make sure that you do that.
Take a break from your work when you need to. There’s no need to get burnt out because that will lead to a huge gap of unproductivity, rather than a 20 minute siesta.
Plan something fun for yourself, even if it’s just a fun staycation or a trip to the grocery store for some ice cream.
Recharging your batteries as is pivotal to being productive as chocolate is to strawberries. You absolutely have to take a little time to breathe, relax, and have a little fun.
Lend a Helping Hand.
One of the best ways to feel good about your work and yourself is to be helpful to others.
Comment on some other blogs, share their useful info. Join a Facebook group for your profession or a group Pinterest board. Take the time to admire some blogs that are excellent examples of what you can achieve yourself.
Not only are you doing important networking and building of relationships with others like yourself, but you also will likely be inspired by what they’re accomplishing.
Don’t forget that positive self-talk!
Take a moment to tell yourself how good you’re doing, how much progress you’re making, and how hard you’re working.
If you find yourself getting overwhelmed, take a little break and work on boosting your mood rather than just your productivity.
One of my favorite books has a huge selection of pep talks and is so fun to read when you need just that little jolt of pep in your step (or your typing fingers.)
Look at your accomplishments, look at what you’ve managed to achieve.
Everyone has to start somewhere, and everyone has to work hard to get to where they want.
Use our goal worksheet to plan and track your goals, watch how you inch closer and closer to success, and picture yourself getting there.
You can do this, and you should feel amazing about everything that you’ve already got under your belt. Celebrate you and your achievements. Look at how far you’ve come!
Yes, I managed to fit in yet another organization tip on this list.
When you’ve finally got your to-do list finished, all your boxes checked off, and you’re feeling good about what you’ve done, the very last step is to set yourself up for success again.
Make a list of your priorities for the next day, and how you can get these tasks done quicker. Perhaps you’ll check out Tailwind to see how it can automate your Pinterest, or perhaps you’ll brainstorm endless blog content.
Whatever you need to get done tomorrow, make a list so that you can rise and shine and be amazing and be productive!
Follow these tips today to boost your productivity and get everything done that you need to. I know it can be rough to find motivation when you’re just not in the right headspace, but you can do this!
What are your favomundo tips for staying track and getting things done? I could sure use them this week!
By the way, if you’re in Matthew’s path, I’m thinking about you. Stay dry, stay safe!
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