It’s that time of year where all you want to do is sit inside, watch your favorite shows with the windows open, sleep in & just relax with family. But it is also the busiest time of the year. With work rushes of people buying holiday gifts, finals week coming up, trying to cram in all of the holiday activities in your free time…etc. Here are some tips & tricks to help you be productive & on top of your game.
1. Use Sunday/Monday morning as your weekly restart.
A weekly restart just means preparing yourself for the week ahead. Clear out your emails, voice mails, & notes. This will allow your phone to be uncluttered & you can focus on the things that are important this week. Fill out your agenda. Using a daily planner does wonders for productivity, filling in all of the events & things you need to get done before the week even starts will allow you to see which days will be your busiest & where you can squeeze in some me time. Throw out any loose papers on your desk. Throwing away unnecessary notes & papers will allow you focus on the necessary ones while having a clean workspace. Don’t forget to take pictures of your super important documents just in case. Clear your mind & productivity will follow.
2. Set a work out routine.
Working out can be literally the worst, I know. But it plays a key role in being productive. You work out, you feel good, you feel good, you do good. After working out in the morning I feel refreshed & ready to face whatever today is going to throw at me. I also feel accomplished, I already finished something for that day, I want to keep the ball rolling & do as much as I can that day. Working out will put you in such a good mindset & will be great for your physical health too.
3. Make a mood board.
This one might sound childish but it is a really nice way to put your goals into visuals & get inspired. I suggest getting a small sturdy poster board in the color of your choice, printing out pictures of people that inspire you, quotes, houses in which you like the way they’re decorated, beauty products…etc. in various sizes, & arranging them on the poster board. Put the board next to your mirror, inside your closet, inside your desk, anywhere you can see it daily to remind you of your goals.
4. Set a personal quota.
When I say quota, I don’t mean how many shirts you have to sell at work, or how many hours you have to study, I mean things that you aren’t required to do. Set personal quotas for yourself. You must go to the gym at least 4 days this week. You must cook at home at least 6 days this week. You must read at least 50 pages of your new book a day. This is a way to set strict goals with yourself & make sure they get done.
5. Dress your best.
Wearing good clothes makes you feel so good. A rule of thumb I have always heard was “dress for the job you want, not the job you have. ” I love that saying so much. A lot of us don’t dress the way we want because we are scared of how others will react or it’s not the social norm where you live. Screw that! Dressing up for everyday activities personally makes me way more excited to do them. Knowing I look on top of my game, makes me feel on top of my game. So throw on those heeled booties & turtle neck sweater & release your inner boss.
6. Wake up earlier.
This has been a hack on multiple of my posts already, but that’s because I truly believe it makes you more productive & overall happier. A lot of people complain that there aren’t enough hours in the day, so make them! Getting up earlier allows you to squeeze in a morning work out, make your coffee at home instead of the usual Starbucks run, make a great breakfast for your kids, whatever! The possibilities are endless! You’ll feel so good knowing you woke up & got so much done before you had school/work/life.
7. Call a loved one.
As stated earlier, things get crazy this time of year. Use your spare time to call someone you’ve been missing. It will make you feel better & lighter. It’s good for your heart. I’m sure they’ll love hearing from you too.
8. Plan ahead for the Holidays.
Thanksgiving & Christmas are right around the corner. This means your whole extended family staying in your house is right around the corner. Use spare time to get nonperishable goods for thanksgiving already stocked up. Clean your house, make sure you have enough towels, toilet paper, air mattresses & so on for everyone coming over. Plan some DIY crafts to whip out when the kids get bored. Make a holiday movie list to have on standby. You’ll be glad you have all of your ducks in a row before everyone gets here.
Take the time for yourself this week by making sure you stay busy. You’ll be glad to have all of your stuff done so you can relax with your family when it really matters. Happy Holidays!