Ever feel like you waste the day away, like all the time? Procrastination is (mostly) our lives. I know personally, I always wait until last minute to do everything and anything. Overtime, I have become more and more productive with my days and have been able to accomplish way more with my days with a few small changes to my daily activities. It’s crazy how small things can add up and how one thing can change the entire tone of your day. So here are some habits to change in your daily life to make you more productive.
1. Always Make Your Bed
I may sound like your mom, but honestly, if you make your bed it starts off as one accomplishment for the day. If nothing else happens with your day, at least you succeeded in making your bed. Most days, making your bed will snowball into many other productive activities. This one small thing may not seem like much, but it can truly set the tone for your entire day.
2. Always Get Dressed
Once your bed is made, get dressed. You are much less likely to go lay in bed in your adulting clothes. Once you’re dressed, you can really tackle anything you need to do for the day. You are also not as comfortable as you would be in your pajamas, and more likely to continue moving instead of relaxing and chilling on the couch all day.
3. Make To-Do Lists
Now this is always like the #1 tip any article on productivity will suggest. I suggest keeping a running to-do list on your phone using the Evernote app, because it allows you to put checkboxes next to the items so you can check them off as you complete them. I highly suggest keeping it on your phone as well, because let’s be honest, when was the last time you were caught without your phone? So whenever you are sitting around with extra time, you can always check your to do list and see what activity you can accomplish with the time you have on hand.
4. Schedule Your Month In Advance
I suggest this more for finances, but scheduling everything you plan on doing for the month can help you stay organize and accomplish the goals you want to for the month. Planning out parties, dinners, dates, etc throughout the month allows you to keep track of the time you have for planning out these events, and making sure you are prepared for them when they come around.
5. Use a Daily Calendar
10/10 recommend Google Calendar for this (as well as monthly planning), because again, do you ever walk away from your phone for more than 10 minutes at a time? Keeping your daily activities plan help to make sure that you are efficiently using your time, as well as not overbooking your time. Now, you don’t have to plan your day all the way down to the minute, but give yourself general time blocks of when you want to accomplish a task. Say you want to go to the gym, place an hour and a half in a spot that you have some free time. It makes it much easier to figure out what you have time for in your day, and if you treat everything like it was an appointment you cannot miss, it will be a much more productive day.
6. Plan As Much As Possible
Plan your outfits, meals, errands, etc. in advance. The more you plan out and prepare for, the more time you have through your daily activities. Meal prep for the week, or prep a bunch of crock pot freezer meals, and pull out as you need them. Pick your outfit out the night before, that way you have more time to get ready in the morning. The more time you have to do activities, the easier it makes your day.
When it comes to productivity, procrastination is not your friend. Being productive everyday includes staying focused, on task and making sure everything is going as efficiently as possible. With the tips listed above, I am now able to remain productive all day, everyday and get things done sooner rather than later. I am proud to say, I am now less likely to procrastinate on things. Unless it’s my school work. I will forever procrastinate on my school work.
Do you have any productivity tips? Comment below!
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