Happy Friday, everyone! I don’t know about you but I’ve been having issues with getting motivated and staying concentrated these days. I don’t know if it’s because the holidays are coming up, or because the weather has been so crummy/it gets dark SO early, but something is up. I find I get really distracted throughout the day and it’s taking me way longer to get through my to-do list than it should. If you’re in the same boat, I wanted to give you some of my best tips to plan for a productive week!
There’s nothing worse than having the night creep up on you and realizing the things you should have gotten done during the day are still lingering on your to-do list. And when you have to keep pushing things to the next day, it’s never a good feeling. I’m on a mission to stay on track and amp up my productivity, so here are some things that really help me when I find myself in a productivity funk.
Set monthly goals
I love setting goals at the beginning of each month. It gives you something to work towards and helps a lot with productivity. If you have a goals you want to reach (whether they’re monetary, task-related, social media-related, pitching- or writing-related (obviously these goals will hinge on your career) it gives you more motivation to work through your to-do list. It also helps you plan because you know there are certain things you NEED to get done if you want to reach your goal.
Something I’ve noticed is slowing my productivity is having too many things on my mind that I want to get done. It’s great to have a lot of big goals, but you really need to prioritize and work on one or two big things at a time if you want to be successful and do them well. Otherwise there is way too much going on in your mind, and for me at least, it starts to feel paralysing. Prioritizing your tasks and goals helps you figure out what you’re most passionate about and what you should be giving the most time and energy to.
Use Sunday to Schedule
One of the things I love to do to help me stay productive throughout the week is plan out my whole week on Sundays. I look at my calendar to see the events, appointments, meetings and due dates I have and put them all in my agenda. Not only do I do it by day, I also estimate how long each task will take and plan it out by hour.
So let’s say I have a meeting Tuesday morning and also an article due that day and a yoga class I want to go to. I’ll put in meeting from 9 am to 11 am and then work on article from 12 pm to 2 pm, yoga class from 3 to 4:30 etc. Usually my days are much busier than this, but this is just to give you an example of how I use time slots! I find giving myself time slots helps me stay productive and on task, rather than just having a list of things to check off.
Re-work your daily schedule every morning
There are always new things that pop up throughout the week so I find it’s really helpful to sit down at the start of each day to go over your schedule and re-work anything you need to. Sometimes I’ll get assigned a freelance article or sponsored blog post that has a really quick turn around, or a last-minute meeting pops up, so the schedule I made on Sunday has to be rejigged. Although I like my weeks to be organized and scheduled, I also know that I have to be flexible and ready for change!
Make time to exercise and practice self-care
There was a time a few months ago where I was feeling REALLY run down and burnt out. All I was doing was working – I wasn’t making any time for myself or doing things I enjoy and I wasn’t exercising at all. Working out (I love spin classes, running and yoga) and taking time for myself makes me feel SO good and really helps with boosting my creativity, mood and productivity. So when I don’t make time for any of those things, I start to feel really crumby. I feel my best and do my best when I make sure to get a good balance in. I still work more than I play/rest, but when you’re building a business and brand, I think that totally okay. It’s just really important to make sure you make time for exercise and self care as well.
When you’re feeling overwhelmed and stressed, it really helps to practice gratitude and be very aware of everything in your life you’re thankful for. This may seem like it doesn’t have anything to do with productivity, but it totally does! Sometimes when we’re so busy we lose sight of all the good things that are happening to us and I think that recognizing these things drives us to get our butts into gear!
For example, let’s say I feel unmotivated to write a blog post. If I take the time to recognize how grateful I am for all the opportunities I’ve got through my blog, the community its created and the growth I’ve seen with it over the years, it makes me much more motivated to work on that post!
get out of the house (
This one’s for all my work-from-home ladies
I’ve noticed that a lot of what kills my productivity is working from my house. I find myself doing anything I can to procrastinate – cleaning, making food, eating, napping LOL. Honestly, it’s bad sometimes. This morning I made myself get out of the house and over to a coffee shop and I wrote this post in about an hour! I love working from coffee shops, I just don’t love the idea of buying a tea every day when I could make a cup at home. But there’s also a really nice library near my place, so I’m going to start switching between there and local cafes. I realize I NEED to get out of the house to be productive. It makes such a difference to get into a new space – it always sparks my creativity!
Plan a few days (or every day) each week to get out and work form a new space. It honestly makes ALL the difference.
Have you been feeling unproductive lately? (Tell me I’m not alone!) Anymore tips you’d like to share? I’d love to hear them!
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