Do you need a couple more hours each day? Are you running ALL DAY but still don’t manage to get everything done? I have some awesome tips for you to help get organised and have a productive day.
1. Sunday Prep – On Sunday evenings I spend a bit of time planning out my week in my day planner and writing a to do list. I catch up on the washing and make sure the house is tidy. I also plan our meals for the week and do my online shopping. Spending a couple of hours on Sunday night doing these few things makes a HUGE difference during the week.
2. Daily Routine – Establishing a morning and evening routine is one of biggest factors in a productive day. Picking a few tasks to do each night before bed will help the following day start smoothly and be more productive. A morning routine is all about knowing what you need to do next during your busy mornings and finding the most efficient way of doing it all and getting out the door.
3. Cleaning & Laundry – Working out what your bare minimum is and then doing those few things every single day will really help to keep your home tidy and the washing up to date. For me, I need to make the beds, do a whole load of laundry (wash, dry, fold, put away), Stack and empty the dishwasher, sweep the floor, give the bathrooms a quick wipe over and do a couple of 15 minute pick ups.
4. Day Planner – The biggest fib mums tell themselves is “I will remember that”. Hot tip – you won’t, write it down! Using a planner, calendar, phone/computer app, every single day will help you to have a calmer and more intentional day. Your planner should be almost attached to you and as soon as you need to remember something, write it down. Clear your mind of all those little bits and pieces you need to do or remember every day.
5. To Do Lists – The last thing I do before I go to bed each night is write a to do list, and the first thing I do each morning is review that to do list. Spending a couple of minutes each day thinking about what I need to achieve gives me direction and motivation for the rest of the day, rather than wandering aimlessly and wondering if I have missed anything.
6. Reduce Technology – This one is HUGE for so many people. I feel as though we have become slaves to technology, we are no longer in control of how or when we use it. To have a productive life, you must take back control. Rather than scrolling mindlessly through Facebook for hours on end, make an effort to decide when YOU want to use it. Picking a couple of times each day to use Social Media and really sticking to those times will make a huge difference to your productivity.
7. Make Yourself a Priority – 4 hours sleep, a cup of coffee for breakfast and no time to do anything you enjoy is a recipe for burnout! To help, love and care for the people in our lives, it is so important for mums to take care of ourselves first. Make sure you are getting 7+ hours sleep every night, eat decent meals throughout the day and do some form of exercise daily. Probably the most important thing is to take time to do something you love. Schedule it in your planner and make no excuses. Whether you love to bake, read, run, sew, play a sport or just take a bath, schedule that time out and recharge yourself.
Taking some time to make these few things part of your day will have a profound effect on not only your productivity but also your health, stress levels, and happiness.
If you are feeling like it is just all too much, or feel as though you just need a hand in the right direction, come and join my Blissfully Productive 14 day course. We will go into detail and create a step-by-step plan for everything I have talked about here, plus so much more. I will assist you in setting up your morning, evening and cleaning routines, how to make your day planner and to do list work for you and tips for making yourself a priority.
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