14 TIPS TO HELP YOU HAVE A PRODUCTIVE DAY

Every so often, I will have one of those busy days where I have 101 things to do but not enough time to do it (or so it feels at the time). Whether it be for cleaning, running errands, working or cooking, I like to have routines and ways that help keep me productive and increase my efficiency.  Here are my 14 tips to help you have a productive day. I hope they work for you as well as they do for me!

1. Make your bed

This simple 2 minute habit can put you in a positive mindset for the rest of the day. I feel like once I make my bed, I am already productive, which makes a lovely start to the day. It’s such an easy task but it really does set the tone for the day ahead.

READ MORE: The benefits of making your bed.

I like to have routines and ways that help keep me productive and increase my efficiency. Here are my 14 tips to help you have a productive day. I hope they work for you as well as they do for me!

2. Eat a good breakfast

I’m sure you’ve heard about this one time and time again, but it’s so important. Eating a decent breakfast fuels you and provides you with energy to kickstart your day. It doesn’t have to be extravagant, weet-bix or toast are good options.

3. Make a To-Do List

Composing a to-do list for your day is an easy way to be productive. There is something so satisfying about crossing things off a list and once you get on a roll, it gets addictive! If you think writing on paper is too old school for you, use Notes on your iPhone or Mac. It has a feature where you can add lists with check bubbles so you can check them off as you complete tasks. I have a range of checklists that may be of use to you in my shop, you can find them here.

I like to have routines and ways that help keep me productive and increase my efficiency. Here are my 14 tips to help you have a productive day. I hope they work for you as well as they do for me!

4. Prioritise

A priority is a task that we believe is more important that something else. It’s important to be aware of our priorities in the day so that we aren’t counterproductive and work on things that aren’t as valuable. When I construct my to-do list, I usually put my most important tasks first and work my way down. That way, I feel more at ease when I complete the more urgent tasks.

5. Limit distractions

Distractions are a procrastinator’s best friend. As I work from home, it’s so important for me to try and limit a number of temptations that are around me. I never have the TV on when I work as I could get lost in a TV series for a whole day. If you don’t need your phone, turn on the ‘Do not disturb’ function so that you don’t get sidetracked.

6. Clean workspace/environment

Make sure the environment you are in will not inhibit your productivity. I find that if my workspace is cluttered or dirty, my mind can’t focus properly and I’m not as efficient.

 7. Learn to Say no (sometimes)

It might sound harsh, but sometimes you need to say no. If you’re a bit of a people pleaser, learning to say no to friends or others can be tough. When I know I have a busy day or deadlines and I need to get tasks done, I have to sacrifice coffee with friends and even running kids around to ensure I get through my list. You’re in control of your own productivity!

8. Allocate break times

Applying time slots into your day to have a break, eat some food or go outside is so important and a good way to keep your productivity levels high. Knowing you have a break coming up keeps you motivated till then, rather than working

9. Eating Appropriate foods

It’s simple: If you eat foods that make you feel sluggish and tired, you aren’t going to have a productive day. I like to eat fresh foods and healthy foods to make me feel good and work effectively. I did a post recently about energy-boosting snacks.

READ MORE: 12 Snack foods to boost energy, for some snacks to eat during a productivity day.

I like to have routines and ways that help keep me productive and increase my efficiency. Here are my 14 tips to help you have a productive day. I hope they work for you as well as they do for me!

10. Feeling comfortable

The way I feel about myself in the role I’m taking for the day affects my productivity. If I have a busy day at home working online or cleaning, I like to dress in my workout gear. In contrast, if I’m running errands and attending meetings, I like to put a little more effort into my appearance. I’m not saying that you need make up or fancy clothes to get things done, but I personally feel more productive and confident when I feel really good within myself (even if it’s just a spritz of perfume!)

11. Listening to Music or No music?

It depends on the conditions you work best in. I find that if I have an important post to write or an urgent deadline to meet, I work better in silence. If I’m cleaning, I like to blast music throughout the house as it helps me get through it!

12. Get a good night’s sleep

Getting a sufficient amount of sleep will increase your energy and heighten your mood. When you’re sleep deprived, it’s hard to concentrate and work effectively. Try to catch 7-9 hours worth of zzz’s each night and notice how much better you are able to focus and function!

13. Limit multi-tasking

Some people are great at this and find that multi-tasking can help them have variety in their day. I, on the other hand, find it a lot easier if I focus on one thing at a time rather than bouncing in between a few. This ensures I actually end up completing tasks instead of partially completing a few.

14. Have things around you that inspire you

Surrounding yourself with inspiration and things that motivate you is important. Right next to my desk, I have a wall full of positive affirmations and inspirational quotes that I can look at and admire. I have also recently been getting into essential oils. I find using 2-3 drops of doTERRA’s lemon and peppermint oil in my diffuser is incredibly stimulating and it’s a scent that helps kick me into action.

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I like to have routines and ways that help keep me productive and increase my efficiency. Here are my 14 tips to help you have a productive day. I hope they work for you as well as they do for me!

What is your key to having a productive day?


ARE YOU STRUGGLING TO KEEP THE HOUSE IN ORDER?

If your house has got out of control and your struggling to know where to start, pick one area.  I always suggest it’s the room that you use the most, for me that’s the kitchen.  Spend time cleaning and organising it, don’t spend too much time on it, it doesn’t need to be perfect. Follow me on the 20 day challenge (details below) and I can help you with this process.  I’ll help you to create a system and tools to have the home you’ve always dreamed of and to put you back in control. And I will help show you how to get your family on board too – and enjoy it!

My 20 Days to Organise and Clean Your Home challenge combines these tried, tested and proven housekeeping tips with the physical tools to achieve organisational bliss – whatever your motivation and whatever your end goal.

I like to have routines and ways that help keep me productive and increase my efficiency. Here are my 14 tips to help you have a productive day. I hope they work for you as well as they do for me!

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15 comments

Tracy May 16, 2017 - 6:57 PM

I make a list and get going on it, because my favourite part of a list (aside from not forgetting things) is that I get to cross stuff off. I find that once I get set on a task I am 100% in it. So….tomorrow when I start writing my school reports I expect I’ll do the little things I need to do first, and then settle in and get my head totally in report-writing mode.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 15, 2017 - 11:10 AM

Fantastic, Glad to hear it is working for you

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kay May 19, 2017 - 10:26 AM

Like Tracy, I am a teacher and in report mode. During report writing I make a goal of how many comments I need to complete before I do something else, something like unstack the dishwasher, 5 more comments, have a shower, 5 more comments, make a cup of tea etc. It gives me motivation and gets me up and moving.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 15, 2017 - 11:11 AM

Multitasking at its best

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Therese May 19, 2017 - 11:15 PM

Like Tracy I am very much a list person – there is nothing more satisfying than seeing all the tasks crossed off the list at the end of the day. It also helps to stay on task if you avoid distractions like social media! I make sure notifications are turned off while I am working, so that I am not distracted.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 15, 2017 - 11:11 AM

Good tips Thanks Therese

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Mandy August 14, 2017 - 7:44 PM

I love lists for 35 years I have made lists I have worked 2 jobs and had the family and it keeps me in track I don’t sweat the small stuff though. And I have learnt the benefits of closing ” that door “!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 15, 2017 - 11:13 AM

Great, Positive outlook Mandy

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Jude September 22, 2017 - 9:01 AM

I rub magnesium oil on the soles of my feet each night, once I am in bed. Ancient Minerals is my favourite and all you need is 2 sprays per foot. I reapply if I wake up in the night and can’t get back to sleep . I have started taking organic sulphur (MSM), and have noticed I dream more and sleeping more deeply. MSM cannot be taken with chlorinated water, as it negates it potency.

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Judith October 25, 2017 - 10:17 AM

When I was a child I was taught to “air the bed” for at least 15mins on waking in the morning. I’ve followed this all my life and over the years have had it confirmed as the correct thing to do by more knowledgeable people than I am. It lets fresh air into the sheets and eliminates the odours of the night LOL.
It’s also amazing how getting up earlier in the morning gives a good start to the day. You feel like “I can do anything today”.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 26, 2017 - 1:13 PM

That’s great Judith! Yes I absolutely agree

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Liz May 8, 2018 - 6:33 AM

Having a daily To Do List is a great tool. I make a list the night before of all the things that need to be done the next day, having a large family I need to be on top of stuff. I prioritise most important to least important & it’s such an achievement to cross the boxes off. At the end of the day it’s satisfying to look back at the list & see how much I”ve accomplished within a day, then the next day”s list doesn”t look so daunting when you know it can be done .

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 10, 2018 - 9:14 AM

LOL I agree, it’s so satisfying to tick to-do checkboxes!!

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Larissa May 8, 2018 - 1:56 PM

Lovely diffuser where did you get it from

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 10, 2018 - 9:12 AM Reply

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