5 easy ways to get the most out of your day!
As I’m writing this, I’m sitting next to a scribbled to do list of everything I need to get done today. I’m a terrible procrastinator with a million different interests with that not so healthy dose of anxiety so I think it’s safe to say that I’m not always the most efficient with my time.
Now that I have to cut my days in half since I’m working, I’ve had to figure out how to continue being productive. I love writing for this blog and there was no way I was going to give it up! There never seems to be enough hours in the day, but with a little effort and planning, you can get more out of your day than you’re currently getting.
Here are five easy ways to give you the time you need to finish your creative projects or grow your business.
Start the Day Right
Days with a rough morning are the absolute worst. If you’re starting out stressed, in a bad mood, and running out of time, that vibe is going to bleed through the rest of the day. Give yourself the time to start in a way that makes you feel good.
Take a cold shower to wake yourself up, eat a good breakfast, listen to your favorite playlist or watch something to put you in a good mood. I struggle so hard to get anything done if my morning doesn’t go well. I’ve tried the roll out of bed and rush out the door and it just makes me anxious.
Boring Stuff First
Sometimes you’re really excited to start a project you’ll just jump in without thinking about it. When you finish that and you’re just left with everything that feels like a chore, you might feel drained and lose all motivation to keep going. I literally can’t give myself the option to put things I don’t want to do off or I’ll probably never get to them.
It’s tempting to start with the easiest or most fun things first, and sometimes that helps. But for really busy days I like to start with what I’m dreading first. That’s usually catching up on emails, or *shivers* making phone calls. Then I go to the task that’s going to take the longest or be the most complicated. I’d rather get everything boring and stressful out of the way so I can finish off with what I enjoy. Best for last, always!
You can’t do everything or anywhere close to it, so don’t try! You’ll get much more out of your day if you’re not wasting time on the tasks that you don’t know how to do or will struggle with.
Sometimes I’ll collaborate with Sarah because we’re good at very different things. She’s great at promoting while I’m good at organizing and editing. We’re both working on solo projects and can’t afford to pay anyone to help us out, so finding other content creators to work with is a great option. We’re obviously working on a small scale, but the same principle applies at every level. If you run a business, delegate your work to your employees or find a third party company to help you out.
It’s best to focus on the tasks geared towards your skillsets. If you’re great at working with clients but have no idea what to do with computers, there are companies like WesTec Services that can handle your IT needs. You can get someone to manage your social media to get the word out. Get help with what you can and focus on what really needs your attention.
Take a Break
People just aren’t meant to be super productive for eight hours straight. It’s not going to happen, and if it does, it won’t happen very often before you’re completely burnt out.
When you’re planning out the day, make sure you remember to give yourself time to take a break or two. Moving around, getting some fresh air or a snack after a difficult or long task will help you reset. This way you’ll be able to think more clearly and concentrate better on the next task.
When it comes to creative projects, you can’t always force it. If the ideas aren’t coming or you’re hating everything you come up with, just step away for a bit. It’s better to come back with fresh eyes rather than to rush through and end up with something you’re not proud of. You could always work on chores or run errands so you’re still being productive.
Positive Out of Work Habits
Think about your routine once you get home from work. I’m always in a hurry to rush home and throw on the pjs, but I feel better on days when I go to the park or just go out with friends or family for a few hours. When I do come home then, I’m ready to settle down and write.
What do you do to stay productive and make the most of your time?
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