How is your week going so far? Are you on track and getting things done? Do you feel like you are being productive?
I constantly strive to be productive with my day and the time spent doing everything I need and want to. I learned a long time ago that having a plan really helps me get things done and have a more productive week.
But what does that look like… what does productivity really mean? We can all look up the definition in the dictionary and go by that. But, for me it means getting things done, without stress, and kicking my goals butt. It’s everything I do to reach my goals.
I really had to learn that being productive is not the same as being busy or even looking busy. It is me actually making progress.
“Getting results that move me closer to my goal is my definition of being productive.”
Here are 6 simple ways you can have a productive week
Create a list of goals and prioritize
Write down whatever you need and want to accomplish this week. Review your goals that you have set and break them down into easy task that you can accomplish for the week. List them in order to most important to least, some items may have a deadline to be completed.
It is important to break down your goals into smaller task. For example, I have a goal of writing a book, so one goal I have is to create an outline for the book and then I will go from there each week with smaller task.
Organize Outfits and Plan Meals
Taking the guess work of what you are going to wear and eat can make a huge difference in your day. That’s right, I never thought of how much stress it was causing me each day to decide what to wear and what to eat.. and let’s not discuss the time I was wasting.
So now I get my outfits and meals ready on Sunday. I wash, iron, and grocery shop for the week. I cannot begin to tell you the weight lifted off my shoulders by doing this. This falls in line with automating things that can be automated. The calmness and the elimination of decision making is so freeing and gives me a good start to my day.
This is where you get your planner out and check out what you already have scheduled and make updates. You add your tasks from the list. It does not matter if this is a paper planner or a digital planner but is should where you can review it each day (even several times a day). Be real about the time you have and the time you will spend on working on each task. Set yourself up for success.
Don’t over scheduled your time… I always add self-care time.
Now that you have everything written down and planned out… Take Action. Do the things you have planned. Stick to your schedule and make it happen. Execute!!
“Plan your work for today and every day, then work your plan.” ― Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Review Week (Progress) Redo
Each week may look different and it is important that you do weekly check ins and updates to your schedule. Get your plans together and written down. Take note of what worked for you and what did not. Make changes as needed.
Be Kind with You
Be gentle with yourself during this change in habit. Be forgiving for not getting things completed if you gave it your all. This is not a strive for perfection but a strive to be more productive and accomplish your goals. Each week will be different because life constantly changes, so be flexible and kind with you.
I really just want to give myself the best chance at succeeding and knocking my goals down. So with planning each week and writing things down I’m so much more productive. I use a planner and printable calendars to keep me on track. Honestly, planning has been my saving grace.
It’s never too late to start a new routine or set new goals. Do you have any tips that you use to be more productive?
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