MY BEST PRODUCTIVITY TIPS
I don't know what it is but I'm almost always late when it comes to any holiday planning. I mean I notice a couple of days before that I should have done something. I should have planned. I should have gathered my ideas and start making those plans real.
I mean I notice a couple of days before that I should have done something. I should have planned. I should have gathered my ideas and start making those plans real.
This Easter is no exception. I have not planned anything. Ok, my husband has already decided what we are going to eat but that's about it.
Normally when I realize that I have not done anything and there are only a few days left I start to procrastinate. I feel overwhelmed. I feel like there are so many things to my To Do Now -list that I just cannot do anything.
This time I used the internet and started to search advice on Pinterest. I needed some clarity and guidance.
What to do when you are too overwhelmed? How to prioritize? How to be efficient? How to be productive in your life?
After some searching (read: too many hours on Pinterest!) I found pretty good advice. But as I have to prioritize, I'm only going to incorporate the best ones (or the most interesting ones) to my life.
My top 5 best productivity tips
Write down your top 3 most important things that you will do today
I will make a moodboard for my Easter table setting ideas
I will make a shopping list to my Easter shopping
I will start cleaning our house (like immediately!)
Brainstorm all your ideas and write them down on a paper
Start one thing which is on your top 3 things list and start doing it for 30 minutes
Change your location and view
Eliminate all distractions
I know I need to be more specific.
1. Your top 3 important duties
Firstly, you need to prioritize all that what is going on and what you have written on your To Do -list. You cannot do everything and you should not try to do everything in one day. What are the most important things that shall be done today? What are your main goals? Are they really important?
Are they going to help you to gain more clients to your business? Are they going to make you feel healthier?
Will the tasks generate more time with your family? After completing your duties will you be happier?
My number one priority just right now is to start planning our Easter table setting. My husband's parents are coming over and we will have an Easter dinner with them so I want to make a beautiful setting. After I've done a moodboard I can execute my ideas tomorrow.
Brainstorming your ideas is a pretty big task if you have lots of things going on like I do at the moment. But...you have to spit it all out. Write everything that's on your mind. Every task and every little snippet that may be helpful later on. At least, you'll have things to add your weekly or monthly to do -list.
It is great to clear your head and empty everything that clutters your mind. Brainstorming also helps you to create new ideas based on your disordered thoughts. I personally love brainstorming and I have at least 5 notebooks full of my brainstorming ideas.
3. Just do it
The third one is simply to start taking action. Please start doing NOW! Start making! Start creating! You need to see some effort for your own sake!
Yes, I will start creating my moodboard right after I've finished this blog post.
4. Change your scenery
You have to change your view and location where you'd normally do your work. You will immediately feel energized and have different ideas when you have changed your workplace. It doesn't have to be a big move. It is fairly enough if you change a room where you are working. From work room to kitchen, from bedroom to livingroom, from home to coffee house. Remember to take small steps as they are easier to execute.
We have a separate home office in our house. I will take my iPad, pour a glass of red wine and locate myself to our livingroom to start crafting my moodboard. That's a big change to my work environment and hopefully, I will be more inspired.
5. Eliminate all distractions
The last one of my tips is quite important to me. First, I thought that this is impossible! How can I switch off my iPhone, not check my e-mails every now and then and be in silence. But one can do it!
You are so much more effective when you are present, truly present to what you are doing. One task at a time. This is not only applicable to your work but to your personal life also. When you are spending time with your spouse be present, do not check your phone all the time. When you are playing with your kid(s), really concentrate on that play and nothing else. Everything else should be insignificant at that time.
This advice has helped me a lot. And if this sounds too hard to really do, think about what kind of life you would like to live. What kind of memories would be important to you? I can assure you they are not the ones when you have checked your e-mail constantly!