1. PICK A REALISTIC TIME TO WAKE UP
Call it wishful thinking or good intentions, setting our alarms earlier than needed has the opposite effect than intended. When the early am hits, we hit snooze, falling in and out of that interrupted sleep until the moment we dash out of bed in a hurry. It’s a terrible way to start the day.
So be realistic about what time you need to get up. Pretending you’re going to rise at 6am is not useful when you could sleep until 7am and wake up bright-eyed and ready to get after it. Give yourself enough time to prepare your day with ease. Make coffee, complete your skincare routine, etc.
2. TURN YOUR INTERNET OFF FOR 45 MINUTES EACH MORNING
Okay, let’s be real. This one can be tough but think about the benefits. Scroll through your emails on your phone quickly to make sure there is no pressing emergency, but once your computer comes to life, switch the internet off. Give yourself 45 minutes to respond to emails, prep content for the week, organize your notes, whatever it is you do on your phone before bed.
3. SCHEDULE YOUR DAY IN TIME BLOCKS
Time blocking is a simple way to approach the day that reduces clutter and increases focus. Group activities together (emails, phone calls, blogging—i.e. writing multiple posts at one time) and see how it improves your product.
4. THINK ABOUT WAYS TO AUTOMATE TASKS TO FREE UP TIME
If time was an app, it would be Postmates, Instacart, Uber, Mobile Banking – you get it right? You can’t purchase more time but taking stock of your day and looking at how you spend your time will move you into automating tasks. Research productivity app and methods for saving time.
5. WRITE YOUR TASKS IN PLANNER FOR THE DAY
Writing things down may come as no shock for us. Sunday night is an ideal time to dedicate a few moments to writing out what your week ahead looks like. Within seconds you can open your planner as a reminder and accountability for your schedule + to-do list.
Being productive is more important than checking to make sure you’re being productive. If you’re in the swing of it, by all means keep rolling.