We all have those days like everything is a priority, yet nothing actually gets done. We set unrealistic expectations and that’ll only lead to feeling bad about ourselves. It’s important to remember we all have a limited amount of time and energy in a day, but we can learn to use that time wisely.
In this post I’m going to share some tips that helped me stop having anxious thoughts, set my priorities and get moving on the things that matter most.
🍜 Plan your meals:
This will save you so much time!! Helps you eat healthier, spending less time at the grocery store and you don’t have to think about it every single day for every single meal. That’s a win!
📝 Have a visual to do list:
I recommend you do this every morning. Before you get on your phone, take a few minutes and write down how you want the day to go. Set your intentions for the day and prioritize what is essential and urgent to get done. Getting all the tasks out of your head into a list might be enough to simplify your life.
✨ Develop a morning and evening routine
Morning and evening routines help you start and end your days in a way that will set you in a good and positive mood.
Starting my morning by making my bed, stretching, eating my favorite breakfast, taking a shower, getting ready and writing my to do list it’s a routine I implemented in my life many years ago. I feel good and ready for the day. At night I usually prepare everything for the next day, I set my clothes, pack my bag, prep my meals and snacks and look at my calendar and prepare for any events coming up.
Consistency is key, remember. Develop a morning and evening routine that works for you.
📺 No “background” distractions
If you’ve your phone by your side, a podcast on in the background or the TV while you’re trying to get work done you probably will end up getting distracted. To keep that temptation away it is best to just turn off all background distractions
🧹 Decluttered space
Not having a clear and organized working space can have a huge impact on your mental wellbeing and productivity. Try to get rid of things you don’t need, remove distractions, and enjoy a more peaceful environment. Less is more.
For me this is so essential to declutter my mind! Choose a day to think about what you have coming up in the next week and plan everything. Sunday it’s the ideal day for me to do that.
Thinking ahead avoids stress and unorganized things. Get a planner for that or (if you’re more digital) I recommend using Trello. It’s the right tool for me and I can’t recommend enough. It’s great for visual people, you can create different boards with different lists for all the things you need to do.
⏳ Don’t multitask
I’ve done that so many times, but I ended up actually being less productive. Focus on one thing at a time and you’ll be more organized and check things off your list more quickly.
🚶 Schedule play/rest time
If you’ve been working all day with no breaks, you’ll feel stressed, unhappy, and ultimately less productive. Taking a break is so important for the mental health, helps you recharge and have better results. For example, take a 15 minute walk, a power nap, make time for your favorite hobby, read a book, something you enjoy.
It’s also very important to take at least one day a week to relax and have a lazy day.
These are my favorite tips for staying productive. Give them a try but remember that we don’t have to be productive every single day. We all have those days and that’s perfectly normal. Hope you enjoyed 🙂