7 Tips for a More Productive Day – Plus a Free Printable To Do List
Stay on Task and Have a More Productive Day
Life is crazy and a lot can happen in one day. Many of us often look back through our day and think, “what did I accomplish today?” Most days we can budget our time better, plan for the day, and accomplish more than we thought capable.Changing a few habits can help you have a more productive day.
God for some reason decided to bless me with the ability to get a lot done in one day. The school year that I was pregnant, I was teaching multiple math classes, was the sponsor of our Fellowship of Christian Athletes group that met two mornings a week, I tutored kids on the other mornings, coached cross country after school and on Saturday’s, attended church services multiple times a week, and took care of my household duties such as cleaning and cooking. I certainly was not perfect at any of them and am not telling you this to brag on myself.
Really the glory goes to God. It is only through him that I was able to do everything and do it well. He gave me the ability to plan, organize and stay on task. I would like to share with you some things that can help you develop more productive habits. Here are 7 tips that I use that will help you have a more productive day.
#1 Spend Time With Jesus
Read your Bible, do a devotional, spend time in prayer, or even better do all three. Spending time with the Lord not only builds your relationship with him but he will give you the time back. On the days I spend time with him I get more accomplished. It’s seriously almost like magic. He acknowledges when I spend time with him and strengthens our relationship by helping me accomplish my task during the day. It doesn’t hurt that I pray “please help me get stuff done today!”
#2 Get Going in the Morning
Mornings spent cuddling under the covers are meant for Saturday’s and those who don’t have small children. (Small children = no choice.) Get up and get going. This could be as simple as getting dressed and making a small breakfast for you and the family or getting a work out in.
When I stick to a morning routine it seems to set the tone for the rest of the day. I have more down time in the evening because I didn’t waste my morning. I get more done of these days compared to the days where I laid around procrastinating the day by watching cartoons with my daughter or surfing the web.
#3 Plan Out Your Day
Plan out your day and write it down. On the days when I make a to do list I accomplish more than on the days where I just wing it. When I don’t make a list I find I jump from task to task and I am unfocused. I get to the end of the day and I have all of these half finished projects. I can guarantee you will get distracted by something during the day, whether you are in the office, or at home. When things are written down you can go back to your list and go “Oh yeah! That’s what I’m supposed to be doing.”
I like to use a pretty and already organized to do list. I made this free printable to do list so that you can use it too! Pretty paper makes everything better.
** It’s important to remember that sometimes what you plan for the day will change and that is OKAY! The first thing I do when I wake up is start planning my day out in my head. I get a bit frazzled when something comes up and I have to change my plans. At least once a week I have to change my dinner plans at the last minute. I’ve learned that part of being productive is being able to be flexible when something pops up. That dinner I planned can wait until tomorrow and Charlee will be okay if she has to wait one more day for a bath.
#4 Put Your Phone Down
Technology can be a huge distraction! Social media is always calling my name and I have to force myself to put it down. It’s a total time sucker. Go put your phone down in the other room. I only charge my phone in the bedroom. I stay on task more while it is in the other room being charged. You will survive if you don’t see who has “liked” your latest post until later. You can leave the ring tone on, in case someone really needs to get a hold of you. If you are in the office you can keep it in a drawer or closet. Once you start a task try to keep going until you finish it. Putting your phone out of reach is a huge help.
#5 Plan for a Break
Everyone needs a break during the day. Take a break to browse social media, go outside and get some fresh air, get a work out in, play with the kids, call a friend, or say a prayer. Whatever it is, breaks are important for your mental health. Also, if taking a break is in your daily plan you will be more likely to avoid one of those impromptu, never ending breaks. This happens to the best of use. I promise it can be avoided.
#6 Plan for Tomorrow
Don’t stress if you don’t get everything done that you wanted to. There is always tomorrow. Jot down a few things you don’t want to forget to do tomorrow. This will keep it from playing over and over again in your mind while you’re trying to get to sleep. This bring me to my next tip.
#7 Get Some Sleep!
I don’t know about you but without sleep my brain is complete mush and I work at half the speed. Getting a good night’s rest is crucial to having a productive day. Try going to bed and waking up at the same time each day. This will help your body get into a routine. I know you have heard this before and we all know sleep is important. Despite knowing this, we are all guilty of staying up too late to watch Netflix. Go to sleep! This way you can feel more refreshed and ready to go in the morning.
There are a lot of different things you can do to help yourself manage your time. I hope you find at least one of these things helpful. What do you do to make your day more productive? I would enjoy reading some of your tips in the comments below.
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