10 Tips for a Productive Day
I’ll be the first to admit I say yes to a lot…often more than I can handle. That said, it’s super-important for me to make productivity a priority. That way, I’m able to not only stay on rack, but also reduce my stress levels as the day goes on.
My followers and friends always ask me how I stay productive since I work from home and kind of manage my own schedule. And while I know I don’t have the perfect answer, I do have some tips and tricks that I find work for me.
Read on for the 10 productivity tips I live by. Oh, and if you have any you swear by, send ‘em my way. The more, the merrier!
Make a List
This is absolutely-hands-down number one on my list. Every morning, I make a list of what I have going on that day. Call me old school, but I love physically writing my list down with a pen on paper instead of making it on my iPhone. There’s just something about crossing off those to-dos (with a pen!) as the day goes on that really gets me going. If I’m feeling overwhelmed about my schedule or a specific project, I’ll create the list the night before.
Break Up the Monotony
I feel that I’m pretty good at focusing on my tasks ahead, but that doesn’t mean I like to feel like a robot, crossing off tasks as the day goes on. I find that creating my “work” or “errand” to-do list first, then filling it in with a few things like a coffee or lunch date, workout, or mani/pedi does wonders for my mind, body, and soul.
Most of you probably know that I am a total early-riser. I typically squeeze in a morning workout with Matt before it’s even light outside – and I’m totally proud of it. Because I have zero issue with waking up early, I try to get as much as I can finished in the early hours of the day so that I feel accomplished by the afternoon. A lot of times, I’ll complete everything on my list before lunch time so I allow myself to have some me-time in the afternoon. But while mornings work for me, afternoons or evenings make work for you. Be clear with yourself and know when you are most productive. Everyone is different.
When I first started blogging, I would pack my days with anything and everything that was presented to me. I fit in photo shoots, meetings, collabs, and more into a single day and it honestly exhausted me. Now, I’m much more realistic with what I can and cannot do. I take breaks when I need them, days off when I’m feeling overwhelmed, and most importantly, I’m honest with myself and really value my time.
Make Wellness a Priority
For me, taking care of myself is huge. I have struggled in the past with going going going until I literally couldn’t take a breath. Today, I have no shame in making myself a priority. Whether that involves a morning workout, lunchtime massage, mani/pedi, or a quick trip to DryBar, I find that taking care of myself makes me feel more productive and recharged.
As a blogger, I am constantly inspired by those around me. Whether it’s a designer, friend, artist, or other blogger, I love nothing more than learning from other creatives. Getting to know the daily habits and success stories of those I admire lights a fire underneath me and motivates me to make Style by The People the best it can be.
Do Only What Makes you Happy
At this point in my career, I’ve made it a point to know what’s worth my time and what’s not. If a company reaches out to me that I don’t believe in, I say no. These days, I simply do what works for me and my brand and what I know all of you will love.
Keep your Workspace Clean
I do most of my work from home, which means my “workplace” aka my house needs to be set-up for success. I find that I can’t focus if there are dirty dishes in the sink, papers all over my dining table, and clothes on the floor. Also, I make it a point to pick up after myself (and tell Matt to do the same) throughout the day so I can focus on what’s important: getting my work done in a comfortable, calming environment.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Sleep is SO important to me. I’m definitely one of those people that needs a good eight hours. So because I wake up early, I force myself to get into bed at a reasonable time. I love the feeling I have when I wake up after a restful night’s sleep knowing that my body is reset and ready for the day.
Maintain a Ritual
Last but definitely not least is maintaining a ritual. I find when I stick with a routine, I feel more productive and successful. For example, on the days when I wake up, make a list, get in a morning workout with Matt, grab some coffee and a healthy breakfast, work, have lunch with a friend, work some more, and end the day with a great meal and Matt by my side (whoa! Sounds like a lot), I am happiest. Your routine may be different, but whatever works for you works.
Now that I’ve shared what makes me feel most productive, I’d love to get some tips from you guys, too! Share the productivity tips and tricks you live by in the comment section below.
For more posts like this, check out my self care checklist.