Don’t we all love a good productive day? I certainly do! Being productive and getting that to-do list done is the best feeling ever. But, sometimes it can be hard to pick up your slack and actually get started. A few weeks ago I wrote a blogpost about how to stop feeling overwhelmed. I really recommend to read that post first if you struggle with this, because feeling overwhelmed can make it even harder to tackle your to-do list and be productive. For today’s post I wanted to share my tips on how to boost your productivity. I’ve always been that kind of girl who starts her day with a planning and even when I was in high school I loved to start my day with doing my homework. Over the years I’ve learned a few tricks that can be helpful to boost your productivity when you’re feeling tired and not productive at all.
DEVELOP AN EVENING AND MORNING ROUTINE
If you want to be productive on a daily base I really believe routines are key. For me, a productive day starts the night before. When I clean up the house and get to my evening habits. A solid evening routine is a true productivity lifesaver in the morning. You can check-out my mindful evening routine here.
I always like to start my day organized and empowered with making a planning, nutritious breakfast and listening to an uplifting podcast. I’ve noticed that my routines are really helpful when it comes to my productivity. When I’m feeling not motivated and productive at all I still try to stick to my routines and I feel a lot more motivated to slay the day afterwards. You can find my girlboss morning routine here.
If you want to be more productive it’s important to set goals for yourself. We somehow always want to work towards something, to notice growth and progression. If you set yourself some goals (you can split them in bigger life-goals and smaller sub-goals) you will automatically be more productive and willing to tackle your to-do list and work towards your goals. I personally love to set monthly, weekly and daily goals. For writing down and tracking my goals I use my Bullet Journal but you can also use a notebook. It’s important that it’s useful and works for you!
MAKE A LIST
After you’ve incorporated the new routines into your life and you’ve set your goals, it’s time to make a list. This can be a to-do list, a list for you groceries, meetings and goals. But it can also be a list where you can simply write down your thoughts. If you want to boost your productivity it’s necessary to clear your mind to get started on your tasks more focused. My head can be a bit cluttered in the morning. So when I wake up I always like to grab my journal and write down what I feel and think. But also the things I have and want to do that day. Having a list of things you want to accomplish in a day can help because when you finish one task, you know exactly what you need to work on next. In this way you can keep an overview which will boost your productivity.
DO THE DREADED TASK(S) FIRST
We all have those few things on our to-do list that we don’t like to do, like administration or do the laundry. But when you get those tasks out of the way first, you can continue to the more enjoyable tasks. I also often feel good after doing one of the ‘less fun’ tasks because the sooner they’re from my to-do list the better.
PLAN SOME ME-TIME
I’ve talked about this before and I really believe that if you want to be more productive on a daily base you should take good care of yourself. In the past few years I’ve noticed that taking care of myself isn’t that easy due to super busy days, and I think a lot of you will recognize this. Therefore it’s important to plan those me-time moments and kind of make them a routine. Maybe even incorporate the me-time moments in your morning or evening routine. For me taking good care of myself doesn’t always mean that I have to spend a whole afternoon reading a book with a mask on my face. What works for me is getting my morning coffee, listening to a podcast during breakfast and doing a 10 minutes mediation session before going to bed. Find your easy to incorporate me-time moments and try to add them to your routine. With this you will be more productive on the long term.
Hopefully these tips will give you the productivity boost you where looking for. Have a lovely Monday and go for it!