Feb 17, 2010

Welcome Home Wednesday - Making your days more productive

So I’m sitting here at the end of a very unproductive day watching American Idol and blogging about… being productive. Hopefully this will be a good reflection for me and I will take my own advice. Although in my defense I am getting sick and was not feeling so hot today!

I have 2 tips that help me focus and get things done.

Tip #1 - Wear your tennis shoes.

When I put on my shoes I walk faster and don’t sit down. It puts me in the mindset that I am cleaning and doing noting else!! It’s simple but very effective.

Tip #2 – Write a short to do list at the end of each day.
I have a small notebook sitting on my night table. Right before I go to bed I make a short list of tasks to complete the next day.

I don’t know about you but sometimes I have a hard time falling asleep with all the things running through my mind. Girls have a hard time turning it off. Superman is very understanding about this but he does not experience anything of the sort! All he needs to sleep is for his head to hit the pillow.

Please note this is not a picture of us. Superman has hair.

Most of us spend half the day deciding what is the most important thing to do first and consequently get nothing done! Writing a list the night before allows you to hit the ground running. Especially if you put your shoes on ;o)

When I say short list I mean SHORT list. Don’t write down 12 things to do. You will never get them all done and then you will feel terrible. A list of 3-5 things is more than enough.

I like to write down tasks from 3 categories.

1. Daily or weekly chores
2. A one time project
3. The important stuff

If you spend everyday just completing chores you feel like you are always running in circles. Adding a project helps you feel like you are actually making progress...and you are! Including the important stuff makes sure that you are focused on what really matters.

My list will usually look something like this:

Tuesday June 2nd

1. 1 load of laundry
2. Mop the floors
3. Organize the coat closet
4. Play Barbie’s with Sweet Angel
5. Go to the Park

Your list might be longer if you want to include everyday chores on it. Things I do everyday include…Make bed, sweep floor, clean kitchen, take out garbage, etc. If you love to cross things off lists go ahead and write ‘em down and cross ‘em off!

Here’s hoping that we all have a productive day today!

Come back tomorrow for Things for Kiddos Thursday.
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