Ways to Get Stuff Done: When are busy as Hell!
Hey, Peeps! Anyone who knows me, including my mom, my grandma, my sister, and mostly my kiddos know that I STAY busy. I am pretty much busy all day long...however, sometimes busy doesn't equal productive. Even though I am busy all day, does not mean I got anything done on my task-list. The problem is that I never get anything done if I am stressed out, didn't get enough sleep, and I am not organized. By Thursday, I am always very close to being featured on an episode of SNAPPED. So here are some tips on how you can get stuff done and not be so stressed out when you are busy as hell like me. I know there are some busy mommies out there, we are in this together!
1. Get some Adequate sleep.
This is a huge one for me. I used to stay up until 2 am and then get up at 7 am to take my son to school. By lunch time, I was exhausted and didn't feel like getting anything done. Now, that is not productive. Plus you will have a greater chance of waking up late and not have a great start whcih can mess up the rest of your day. At best, I try to go to sleep by 10 pm to wake up at 6 am to get the kids ready for school. That is 8 hours of sleep, which is recommended for us adults. I use my Fitbit to remind me to go to sleep, and it also clocks my sleep time and patterns. Trust me, getting a great amount of QUALITY sleep will determine how well you perform your tasks the next day.
2. Warm up or Exercise
I exercise every morning before I start on my task for the day. It helps me get hyped up and gives more energy to complete the task ahead of me. If you do not exercise, I recommend you do some time of warm up like walking or even stretching. It will help you release some tension and will be more focused and relaxed to get your tasks done.
3. Eat Breakfast
There are some days when I don't eat breakfast until 11 am because I had a super busy morning. So I try to keep some cereal or a granola bar at my desk for a quick breakfast snack before I eat my real breakfast. Eating breakfast will give you a boost of energy and will decrease your chances of feeling gorrggy all day.
4. Check your to-do list
Have your to-do list handy and then start checking off somethings on your list. I don't know about you guys, but actually writing something down makes me feel more accountable about getting things done. (PSSST....those printable to-do list are available to you for FREE.99)
5. Refine your to-do list
I am sure as soon as you open your emails, your to-do list gets longer and longer. Refine your to-do list by prioritizing your tasks or save some tasks until the next day.
6. Check your calendar and SET ALARMS
Sometimes, not all the time, I forget to check my calendar. I will have a phone consultation scheduled and sometimes I am totally unprepared. So I started to set alarms for 15 minutes before the consultation time, so I can prepare for the phone call or skype call. I also recommend setting alarms for each task. If you spend too much time on one task, you can run the risk of burning out and that is not productive at all.
7. Take a break / Take a chill pill
Um, take two if you need to. Sometimes you need a break from the laptop. Go get some sun, feel a breeze, watch Golden girls (Thats just me), or eat lunch. In my case, check to see if my kids haven't killed each other. Just get away from your desk for at least 30 minutes. I know its hard...but do it!
8. Talk to a human being
If you work from home like me, you can days with speaking to another human, in my case, I mean a human over the age of 13. Call someone or text a person who is the same field as you are to get new ideas. This can get those creative juices flowing and you never know where you will get you inspiration from.
9. Actually do some work
I know this is obvious but not is some cases, but actually do some work. I can spend all day answering emails and then towards the end of my day I say, " What did I actually do, today?"
10. Get organized for your next work day
This si another tough one for me. My desk always stay a hot mess. Then I go to my desk the next day and I already feel unmotivated to do any work. if you are like me, a clean space gives me a happy face and I won't be all over the place (okay, Dr. Seuss). I recommend at the end of your work day clean and organize your desk. Also write out task you have to do for the next day, that way your mind is already prepared and you won't be scrambling to figure what you need to do.
last one, STOP WORKING! I can not stress this enough because I have been there. That email that was sent to you at 7 pm, will be there at 9 am when your office hours are open. Do not respond to it, you will fill compelled to Olivia Pope it (fix their problem). Your after hours are "YOU"-time, your family time, or your "boo"-time. So establish a stopping point!
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