I’ve never been much of a workaholic. I’m must more of “get inspired by one project and work really hard until the next idea for a new project comes along.” So, a workaholic when I feel like it, I guess? I don’t think that’s a thing. I did pull an all-nighter in college once and was such a zombie for my presentation the next day that I almost cried when I finished, even though the teacher thought it was a good project (I don’t do well with no sleep).
But I will say, that when I’m productive, I’m REALLY productive. So that got me to thinking, what are little changes I could make to be more productive all the time! Thus this list was born.
DON’T SLEEP IN (EVEN ON DAYS OFF)
I know, I may have lost some of you on the very first point. But bare with me. In my experience, if I stick to a schedule even on my days off, it’s less painful when I have to wake up early for the next work day. So I’ve started trying to wake up every day at the same time. Some days it’s more of a struggle than others. But when I wake up early on my days off, and don’t actually have to do anything work related, I find that I get soooo much more done on my hobbies and personal projects as well (*cough* *cough* this blog). But by all means get enough sleep to feel rested and ready to tackle a bunch of projects.
KEEP A PLANNER
Most of us stopped keeping a planner once we graduated from college or high school. Some of us might have stopped keeping a planner when it was no longer mandatory after about the 6th grade. But keeping a planner can be HUGELY beneficial as an adult. Whether you have separate work and personal planners, or just one for everything, it certainly helps you remember the next board meeting or client presentation, as well as when to pick the kids up from soccer while still making it to your dentist appointment on time. Also, you always know exactly when you are free to grab coffee and catch up with a friend. And it’s no secret that bloggers keep planners to keep track of when they need to upload posts. It helps you make sure you are posting an array of content at a consistent pace.
Not this kind of list, that you currently reading… more like To-Do lists. And this might seem kind of redundant with the planner tip above, but I like to make daily To-Do lists of all the minor things I need to take care of that day that I wouldn’t necessarily write on a calendar planner. A normal day off work T0-Do list for me usually looks something like this:
DO A LITTLE BIT OF WORK ALL ALONG
The best way to describe this is with a messy room. If you start with a perfectly clean room and over time just become lazy and let clothes pile up, or leave dirty dishes around, before long your room will be unlivable and you’ll have to section off the better part of the day to get it back to it’s clean state again. However, if every time you undressed you hung clean items back in the closet and tossed dirty clothing in the hamper, and every time you finished a meal you took your dish to the dishwasher, your room would stay clean just by putting a small amount of effort into it each time. This totally applies to school work (don’t procrastinate!) as well as any office work you may have.
This one is the hardest for me to actually do. I’m not a very organized person, though I tell everyone my desk is organized chaos (just because you don’t know where everything is on my desk doesn’t mean I don’t). But there is something to be said for having a place for everything so that you can find it as soon as you need it. This saves you time and saves face because people won’t think you are a total slob.
MAKE TIME FOR THINGS YOU ENJOY
Nothing makes me happier than to take Radley to the dog park on my days off. It makes his day as well and I don’t feel as guilty when I have to head back to work the next day. Even if I do a lot of extra work outside of my job, the only way I’m not going to get overwhelmed or overworked is by finding stress relief in things I love. My go to stress reliefs are playing my guitar, painting, writing for this blog, and playing with Radley. Though I must admit, binge watching Friends while cuddling with Rad are pretty great alternatives.
I’d love to hear how you stay productive and motivate yourself! What tips work best for you?
To Do list notepad // Target (similar)
Planner // Day Designer
Deadlines, Doodles, Daydreams pen set // Anthropologie