IIn the past three days, I’ve made and photographed 5 recipes, written an email (sign up for my email list down below- I’m in the process of switching providers but being more active there is important to me this year!), outlined a bunch of blog posts, done countless loads of put off laundry, organized neglected areas in my house, and thrown out so much stuff, it was too much for the garbage man to take last week. And it’s felt good.
Like most of you, I’m usually struggling with simply getting things done. I always feel like I have a million things to do and more often than not the lone thought of it all is so overwhelming that it stops me from getting any of them done. And with the New Year (PS do you capitalize that? I always get so confused.) in full swing, a lot of us are focusing on getting more crossed off our lists. So how do you get more done?
I’m here today to share my secrets and tips for getting more done – as a mom of 2 crazy pants boys under 3, time is a hot commodity that I never seem to have enough of. Keep on reading to grab my 6 tips for getting more done each day!
6 Ways to Get More Done
Take time for yourself. Ugh, this is one I’m just learning now. Here’s the thing – doing things FOR YOU and ONLY you makes you feel good. It clears your mind, reduces stress, and gets you ready for the big tasks – AKA gettin’ ish done. I always find when I do things for myself that I enjoy, my ‘hustle’ time is more productive. I like coloring (have you seen this Harry Potter coloring book? It’s gorgeous and I need it in my life.) hand lettering, (need a good tutorial? Try my hand lettering tutorial for total beginners!) reading, and watching junk tv.
Multi-task (but not at the expense of quality). I have a love/hate relationship with multi-tasking. Here;s the thing: I often take it too far, do too much at once, hustle too hard, and get nothing done. Sure, I start a lot of things, but none of them get done. Or they all are done half-assed. No bueno. Because you know what? That’s not productive. That’s a waste of your time and energy, so you need to stop. BUT multi-tasking is great for being more productive if you do it wisely. Need a recipe for your blog? Make it that night’s dinner – you’ll already be making dinner so make it work for you. Listen to podcasts to learn while you clean, brainstorm while you drive, use down time on your phone to clear out your emails. Multi-tasking to me just means using my time wisely, not packing a million things into one moment.
But also, segment. If you’ve been reading for some time, you might remember this post on my number one cleaning rule. If you haven’t read it, hop on over and learn it – it’s a game changer. Choosing times to accomplish ONE thing – setting a timer, going hard at the ONE THING, and then being done with it is honestly my number one way to get things done. It’s such a freeing feeling to know that you only have to do something for a specific amount of time. Sometimes, you’ll count down the minutes, and others you’ll find yourself muting the alarm and going past you ‘limit’.
Plan it out. It’s no secret that I love using a planner, and I love using it to manage my time and find more time to get more done. Writing everything out makes it easier to see, which gives me a chance to see where time can be saved. Am I going to be in XYZ area on Tuesday? Great, I can pick up a prescription in that area at the same time. It also allows me to remember things – vital for this forgetful momma – which, you guessed it, gives me more time for getting more done. You can read my planner essentials here and my post on how I organize my life and blog with a paper planner here.
Cut yourself a break. You know what doesn’t help you get more done? Beating yourself up. It’s probably the least productive thing you could do – you’ll spend more time worrying about what you should be doing, all of the things you should have done, that
Turn it all off. This works wonders for me when I need to write – put my phone in the other room, disable my computer’s wi-fi and go, no distractions. The internet is definitely the downfall of productivity for our generation, so you have to work a little harder to get over it. Even if you always proclaim that you’re a great multi-tasker and can watch tv, listen to music, whatever while doing other things, try it out once in a while. I always think I’m just as productive with Netflix streaming as I am without, but every time I turn everything off I write the same post 2753063x quicker.
Block off time. That thing that you always put off until the last minute and dread because of it? yeah, schedule it. Choose a time where you will commit X amount of time to working on it. Set an alarm, tell your husband, whatever it takes to make sure that you actually commit that time to get what needs tog et done – and only that. You’ll be surprised how, once you get past the “I don’t have the time, I should be doing XYZ, I don’t wanna..” stuff, you get so much more done!
So tell me – how do you get more done each day? Let me know in the comments!
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