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I don’t know if you know this, but I am huge on routines. I have a morning routine, an evening, a weekly, and monthly routine. I love a good routine. Routines help me to keep my life organized and to create a feeling of security and stability for myself and my little one. I especially love to help others create a great routine that helps them accomplish their goals.
Today, we are going to talk about your schedule. Do you have one? Do you do it all on the fly? Do you find yourself exhausted at the end of the day yet feel as though you got nothing accomplished? Busy but not productive?
When venturing into my adult life I had to figure out a way to get the things done that I needed to accomplish my goals. As I have gotten older I have noticed the time passes faster and I have added more things to my list to be done.
I have been learning more and more about how to schedule things to where I wouldn’t get bogged down with responsibility and feel like I’m just working more and more.
The planner I’m using is the Inner Guide Goal and Life Planner Available on Amazon, as of the time of this post there is also a $3 off coupon.
Schedule in Increments or Blocks of Time
Instead of scheduling your day by each hour, try scheduling in blocks of time. For instance from wake up to out the door for work or school can be 2-3 hours. You can add things you need to get in that time frame, and getting ready to go. Like my early morning block consists of my little one’s morning routine before school Pay attention to your most productive time of day and schedule your the tasks that need the most attention to detail then.
Schedule Your Routines
Include your routines in your scheduling. Some of our routines take a short period of time per day and they can be stacked with other tasks in time blocks. Schedule your cleaning block in with your morning or afternoon tasks. Don’t forget to schedule those morning and nightly routines! You’ll find that the whole day runs more smoothly when there is time for everything.
Use a Timer
This has been the productivity game changer in my house. Set that timer! You have timers everywhere in your home and on your person. Your microwave, stove, phone, Alexa. Maybe you have a retro kitchen timer you can use to give yourself a set amount of time to complete a task.
The point of this is to accomplish in a short amount of time the things that either suck up your time like social media for us bloggers it can be time consuming. Using a timer is also helpful to get those tasks done that we procrastinate that really only take a short amount of time. Using a time makes it kind of like a game if you are a competitive person, can you beat the timer?
Set Your Goals
Add into your schedule, time to set your large goals and micro goals. Just doing the day to day things will get the daily tasks done, but what are you aiming for? Where do you want to be in one, two, five, or ten years? Do you want to be doing the same things as you struggling to keep up with that you are right now? Scheduling time in your day to learn another language, take that class, develop new products, practice your instrument. These small chunks of time add up and get you closer to your goals each day. So don’t forget to schedule in goal time.
Rewards, we all need them. These can be little or big indulgences. I am going to tell you right here and now, I am horrible at rewards. I don’t reward myself nearly enough for all the work I do. My guess is that you are the same way. Like how we need to schedule breaks and down time, we need to schedule rewards. What fun things do you like to do?
Do you have a favorite video game you can play or a book you want to read for 15-30 minutes after an hour or two of solid work? Small rewards throughout the day really help with keeping a positive mindset. Of course you should also have bigger rewards for at the end of the week like going to a concert, movie, event, or park. When you complete projects, maybe the rewards should get bigger, a weekend getaway, a day trip, and depending on the size of the project, possibly go on vacation.
Hopefully from here you can go from busy not productive to productive not busy. Set your goals, big and small. Use your resources, phone calendar, Web calendar, or an actual planner to block out time. Make sure to get your routines into your schedule, we always need to make time for them. And lastly reward yourself for your productivity. In no time you’ll be kicking butt and taking names.
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