The Easiest Productivity Guide from a Recovering Procrastinator
It’s been a long road for me to get here! I am a recovering procrastinator. There, I said it. Being productive and increasing your productivity takes time. It takes constant effort to discipline yourself into laying a path down to achieve your goals, no matter how big or small.
Let’s talk about the first steps you need to take to become the most productive version of yourself! This is a super easy, get-‘em-done today guide to get your life on the track you want it to be on.
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These articles include everything that can transform you from a procrastinator into a productive powerhouse! These steps are easy to implement immediately & you’ll start seeing a surge in your daily accomplishments.
Also! Check out the Planning tag. This tag has everything you need to plan a no-nonsense day, jam packed with everything you need to achieve your goals!
Plan Your Week Before It Begins
My favorite tip for people looking to boost their productivity is to sit down an hour each week and plan their next week. You can plan it out by the hour or, if you’re like me, plan it by day with a lists of tasks. Productivity is not a one size fits all, so make it your own!
Not only do you give yourself a good mental prep before the week starts but you also don’t have to waste time juggling yours tasks in the moment, when you’re already stressed.
With planning ahead, I can also stick fun things in there to look forward to, especially if that week is exceptionally difficult or stressful.
For the last few years, I’ve used several different planners that have helped me get into a natural routine. But my absolute favorite one is The Day Designer Planner.
I finally settled in and found a planner that works for me. (Does anyone else go through a trial and error for planners like this?!)
The Day Designer really helps me be able to see how my months are laid out in a way that helps me be the most productive. And with seeing what’s a head helps me to keep a clear focus on what my goals are.
Stick to your Schedule
This is so easier said then done. I’ve cracked the code in how to trick myself into doing this, even during my most frazzled moments.
Find out what your biggest hurdle is through out the day and list your distractions.
For me, it was email. I would have my day completely planned out and then I would get 50% of it done because my email was always open and firing distraction after distraction my way. The sad part is that most of them weren’t even time sensitive, while my other tasks were!
You know the feeling of wanting to help with everything almost instantaneously and solve the world’s problems. At the end of the day, I was burning myself out trying to juggle an ever-flowing stream of emails while sacrificing my other tasks. The willingness and strive to help completely tanked my productivity.
After pulling almost every strand of my hair out, I started the next day without opening my email first thing. I completed my morning tasks in a record-breaking 4 hours, and you know what, nothing exploded because I didn’t open my inbox. After running through those emails, I closed my inbox again and moved onto the other half of my tasks for the day.
When your day is scheduled bit by bit and you stick to it, you start to see the tasks get knocked off one by one.
PSST - A book that I read recently that helped bring clarity to this was 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management by Kevin Kruse. He interviewed 7 Billionaires, 13 Olympic Athletes, 29 Straight-A Students, and 239 Entrepreneurs to find out what their habits were to sticking to their schedule.
This book is a gem for anyone who struggles to stick to a schedule regularly. Check it out here!
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Plan Your Distractions
Once you know what your distractions are, schedule them in and be realistic. Setting aside a planned hour (or more) each time that you have to wrangle a distraction will help you to manage your day better. You know that distraction is coming and you've penciled it in for 10:00 am!
Is it getting the kids up and ready for school? If they are human-snails in the morning, don’t pencil them in for 30 minutes. You know it’s going to be longer than that. Don't sacrifice your productivity by setting yourself up for disappointment.
Here’s the best part that’s going to keep you on schedule, always go “worst-case-scenario” in scheduling. Remember that one day where traffic took double the amount of time? That’s your new drive-schedule when planning your day.
When you prepare for the worse, you end up with more time to spend doing the next tip.
De-Stress Before Taking on Other Projects
How many of you have been so drained after one item on your to-do list? Yeah, me too.
Stress is the number one factor for a lot of diseases. And if you’re already predisposed to those conditions, it’s time to make this a part of your life now.
This tip is a life-saving in so many ways. Not only do you need this to stay healthy, but you’re also charging yourself up to enjoy the rest of your day instead of flopping on the couch.
When I’m juggling a huge project or just finished a major milestone, I don’t hunker-down and do it, I take a 10-20-minute break to recover. If it’s a very stressful situation, taking some time to practice some quick, free & easy self care is a must.
You know your triggers, and you know what is taxing throughout the day, start simple with your destress options. If you’re stumbling on practicing self care, I’ve been there and it can be tough! Check out this post dedicated to solidifying a realistic self care routine for your schedule to help you destress each and every day.
Related Post: How to Start a Self Care Routine
Set Realistic Goals and Timelines
This is my biggest hurdle, as I know it’s a big one for others too. I love to dream big. Thinking you can conquer the world in a day will lead to disappointment. There is always going to be a crossroad through out your day of where you need to put your energy. Planning for it and making your goals realistic will help you succeed.
Setting reasonable goals and timelines is the best way to stay productive throughout the day, week, month, year. My big projects won’t be done in a month, so I plan on what’s the longest it would take with every hurdle thrown my way.
This is where my “worst-case-scenario” planning comes back into play.
If your motivation is something you’re working on, this is your number one tip. Not only will you plan for longer wait in between results, but your results will come quicker.
I know motivation for lengthy projects can be tough, that’s why I went into full detail about how to reclaim your motivation after it’s lost. I’ve been there and it’s not easy to keep going on some of the more mundane things! Check the article out here and let’s work on it together!
If you have a plan in place in how to get you, you will get there. And if you don’t have the support of others saying you’ll get there, you’ll get there and you’ll succeed! I know you have it in you!
So, why do you want to be more productive? What goal do you want to achieve being more productive? Let’s chat about it in the comments below!
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