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Do you feel like you are spinning your wheels when it comes to productivity?  By changing or adding just a few simple tips can set up your day for success and help you be more productive. Studies show you can waste an average of 21.8 hours a week.  That’s 3.1 hours a day! 

So, most people have a part-time job wasting time! With the average person spending around 3 hours a phone, you know where your time is going.  You can be more productive than the average person by implementing a few simple things.

13 Tips to Setup Your Day for Success

 

1. Get enough sleep

Adults need 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Sleep deprivation leads to lower concentration and alertness.  You need to sleep.  You can’t run on an empty tank. 

 

2. Have an evening routine

Having an evening routine is one of the key components to set your day up for success.  When you pre-plan and prepare the night before, you can hit the ground running so to speak.  You wake up knowing what you need to do and when. You aren’t off in la-la land wondering what to do and end up being late to work. 

 

3. Schedule your time

You are more productive when you schedule your time.  When you don’t schedule your time, you are more likely to wander around wondering what you should be working on.  When you have a predetermined schedule, you don’t waste valuable time wondering what you should be doing.

When you schedule your time, it forces you to really think about what you want to do.  When you are in the moment, you lack willpower and most likely will be doing more unproductive tasks.  

 

4. Optimize your schedule

Optimizing your schedule is one of the keys to time management and productivity. Optimize (according to Google), means rearrange or rewrite to improve efficiency of retrieval or processing.

What does that mean for your schedule? Well, it means that you don’t just make a to-do list and just slap it on your calendar.  You think about where you are scheduling things in your day.  If you know you are sleepy towards the end of the workday, don’t do a task that will require your full attention.  If you know you are super fresh first thing in the morning, don’t waste that natural energy and productivity on menial tasks like answering emails.

 

Put things on your schedule where they will go to make sure they get done most effectively and efficiently.  For example, I know when I get home from work, I need to do my nightly routine first.  If I sit down on the couch, the chances of me getting everything I want to accomplish finished is slim to none.  This is how you optimize your schedule.  Just constantly (at least once a month) look at your schedule and ask yourself, how can I make this better and simpler?

 

5. Drink plenty of water

Water fuels your body and helps it function better.  It can help flush waste, help your digestive system, maintain blood pressure, weight loss, improve concentration, and much more.  Your body is made up of 60% water and needs it to function properly. You need to drink at a minimum of eight 8oz glasses of water a day.  

 

6. Don’t multitask

The average person wastes a ton of time each day by multitasking.  Concentrate on the task at hand.  Multitasking is actually a myth and doesn’t make you productive at all. 

 

7. Prep the night beforehand

Layout your outfit, fix your lunch and pack the car the night beforehand.  This will help you not have to go-go-go in the morning.  You don’t have to spend time wondering what to wear and have to worry about having time to pack lunch the night before.

 

8. Motivational Quotes

Put motivational quotes where you will see them.  Write them on your mirror with a dry erase marker.  Put them on sticky notes and put them in your workspace or on your steering wheel in the car.  I will pick one motivational quote for the week (sometimes more) and plaster them where I will see them. 

They help me realize what my goals and ambitions are. If you want help with productivity, just Google productivity quotes and look at the images or search on Pinterest.  Pick whichever quote speaks to you that day.

9. Prioritize

Another way to optimize your schedule.  You need to prioritize your life.  There will be times when you have to pick between two things you love, and you have to know where your priorities are to make a decision.  For example, my priorities are my husband, my children, God, my personal development, my physical health, and my businesses. These things come first.

So, if I have someone asked me to go to a birthday party and I already planned to have a family day that day, I will decline the offer to the birthday party and do the family day instead.  Scheduling your priorities makes it so easy to say no to people.  You don’t have to sit around and guess and try to come up with excuses.  You just check your list of priorities and your schedule and then say yes or no.

 

10. Quiet time

You need alone time, mama.  You need time to decompress and relax.  You have a lot coming at you 24/7 and you need to be able to just sit down without thinking and just do you for a moment.  Your quiet time can look like whatever you make time for.  You can have it in the evening or the morning.  You can start with 15 minutes and work your way up to an hour.  Just think about what you would like to do in quiet time and schedule it.  I personally pray, do my devotion, meditate, and journal/though download.  I do this daily to clear my head.

I first started with devotion and prayer.  Then after a couple of weeks, I added in the journaling/though download.  Then after several months, I added in meditation.  I worked my way up to having an hour to myself every single morning.  I didn’t do it when my kids were newborns.  I didn’t add on things like a crazy person.  I took my time to consistently do the smaller routine before packing on more things.

 

11. Personal development

15 minutes of personal development a day can change your life.  Seriously.  Taking time out to work on myself has helped me show up better for my family.  I have about 3 personal development podcasts in my podcast player and I listen to them when I am in the car every single day.

 

If you are new to personal development, here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Podcast in a topic that interests you (Christian/faith, homemaking, working mom, wife/marriage, etc.)
  • Non-fiction book (either physical copy, Kindle version, or audiobook)
  • Get on someone’s email list where they share tips and tricks to help you up-level your life 
  • Watch a YouTube channel
  • Buy courses and eBooks on things you want to work on
  • Journaling/thought downloads
  • Setting and achieving goals
  • Learning to love yourself inside and out
  • Self-care routine                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      These are all ideas for personal development.  Pick a couple and do about 15 minutes a day.

You are the average of the five people you spend the most time around.

– Jim Rohn

 

12. Don’t get stuck down the social media rabbit hole

Don’t spend your life glued to your phone.  Schedule time to check social media daily and don’t get sucked down into a rabbit hole where you lose an hour of your time because you got caught up scrolling Instagram.  Here are some apps to help you limit your time or watch how long you are on social media each day. Try them out for a couple of weeks and I bet your productivity will skyrocket!

 

13. Get the right attitude

Your attitude can determine how your day is going to go and make you or break you.

 

You can often change your circumstances by changing your attitude.

– Eleanor Roosevelt

You can prep your day for success using these tips.  You, check your attitude, personal development, schedule, and plan and your day will be set.  These tips will help you be more productive and efficient as you go on about your day. 

 

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