Life can be hectic. So many of us have responsibilities such as full-time jobs, spouses, kids, pets, family, friends, household responsibilities, side-hustles, and more – or all of the above!
With tons of stuff to get done and only so much time, it’s safe to say that we could all use some productivity tips and time-saving tricks.
I get a lot of emails asking me for advice about this topic. It’s actually one of the most requested topics I get emailed about. 😛
That’s why today I thought I’d share some of my favorite productivity tips with y’all!
– Block out distractions.
It’s probably one of the simplest tips, but it’s still helpful – and often overlooked! When you have things competing for your attention, you obviously won’t get as much done. So try to get a babysitter, turn off the TV, log out of social media, silence your cell phone, ignore your inbox, and do whatever else you need to do to block out any distractions and stay focused on the task at hand.
– Plan out your day ahead of time.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: planners are the best. If you don’t use a planner, investing in one will be a game-changer for you! Without a game plan, multitasking and chaos can quickly ensue. Here is a great 18-month planner that I personally recommend. Write out your to-do list, important things to remember, your goals, etc.
– Work in time blocks.
Time blocking is a certain way of scheduling your time to make sure you don’t get so distracted or overwhelmed by tasks. If you aren’t scheduling your time, you have a much higher chance of multitasking, getting off-focus by doing whatever you “feel like” doing, and having lower productivity. The basic idea of time blocking is that you work in “blocks” or amounts of time, such as 30 minutes per task. For example, 30 minutes of replying to emails, 30 minutes of writing blog posts, 30 minutes of taking photos, etc.
– Prioritize your to-do’s.
Figure out your 3 most important tasks and only focus on them. Plan out what your most important tasks are the night before so you’re prepared to focus on what NEEDS done. You’ll be less likely to work on unimportant, time-consuming tasks and you’ll be more likely to get your must-do’s done. When you get the important things out of the way, you’ll be less stressed, and then you can start on the less important things.
– Make sure you take breaks.
I know that when I’m working hard for too long, I’m way more prone to losing my focus and falling victim to distractions. And when I lose my focus, it’s harder to get it back. One thing that helps me with this is scheduling in “break times” throughout the day. One thing that’s great for clearing my mind, getting more focused, helping me relax, and keeping me motivated to get things done is going for a walk. Use your break time for something positive and helpful – but still fun!
– Wake up (or start work) earlier.
We all have the same 24 hours in a day minus the time that we’re sleeping. So common sense tells us that if you start working earlier, you’ll get more done. Waking up or getting started an hour earlier each day can give you a full work week of extra hours per month!
I actually have a few helpful posts about making your mornings better:
- How to Become a Morning Person
- How to Create the Perfect Morning Routine (free worksheet!)
- 5 Ways to Have an Awesome Morning
- 35 Positive Morning Affirmations to Start Your Day Right
– Try batching your tasks.
Batching your tasks is one of the most helpful things for me when it comes to getting more done! Batch one activity together, and get as much of it done as you can. For example, I usually batch my blog posts. I spend a lot of time writing multiple post and it helps me get more written. Once I get “in the zone” and motivated to keep writing. It also frees me up from having to write posts more than one day a week, so I have time for other things.
– Get energized and happy.
Do something that lifts your spirits and energizes you. It could be listening to your favorite song, doing a quick workout, reading positive quotes, meditating, or something else. Whatever you do, getting energized and putting yourself in a good mood is a definite way to motivate yourself to get to work and get more stuff done.
– Create a solid routine.
I’m a person who loves routines. Not only do they make things easier on you mentally, but they help you get more done as well. Before I had a morning routine, I would be frazzled, tired, and pretty unproductive. But a morning routine helps you streamline your tasks, wake up faster, and helps you get more done earlier. If you need help creating a morning routine that works for you, here’s a helpful post with a free worksheet!
Question: What are your tips for getting more done every day?