Hey guys! I’ve taken a break from blogging as of late, but I’m back!! I’ve missed writing soooo much! I’ve got some things in the works and I just can’t wait to share!! In the meantime, read the post below to see how I plan my day to not only increase my productivity but to also increase the quality of my work!
We’re all trying to live the dream. Work, blog, friends, family, ENTREPRENEURIAL PURSUITS. And on top of everything you have to feed yourself and clean your house and walk the dog, right?! Everything is jockeying for your time and the only way for you to get through everything is to plan.
And when I say plan, I mean down to the minute.
So here’s the thing, as an incredibly busy person the items that I find always fall by the wayside are the ones that are not absolutely essential to my business. That means my house is at most times in utter disarray. At any given moment there are clothes, cameras, photography lights, dishes, and jewelry supplies all over my living room. I usually have loads of laundry to be washed and often times resort to wearing bathing suit bottoms because I’ve run out of underthings. IT’S THAT BAD! And when it gets that bad I stress about it all week and get mad at myself for not being able to do it all. I end up forcing myself to do what’s needed after I get home from work and should be working on my business or on the weekend when I’d rather be out drinking with my friends.
It’s a never-ending cycle. I start working on a project after cooking. I leave the dishes in the sink. I work until I literally pass out. Wake up, look at my to-do list, look at the dishes, feel bad that I didn’t wash them and start working on my biz again. THEN, go to my real job and stress out because I left the dishes in the sink. Get home, start working on a project…and the cycle starts over.
House chores need to get done. Laundry needs to get done. It’s not even that I dislike doing it, it’s just I always seem to find other things to do that are more important. But we all enjoy a clean house.
Or take this example, as I mentioned I have a demanding 9-5. That means I have limited time outside of work to actually work on my business. Outside of work hours I have to be very strategic about what and when to work on certain projects. What I used to do was just write any and everything on my weekly to-do list and hope to accomplish what I could when I could. But I realized I’m not using my time as wisely as I should.
In many cases I was going against what my body was naturally telling me just so I could cross things off my list. Here’s an idea, what if I strategically scheduled when to do certain tasks to produce the best results and when I naturally wanted to do them or at least had less of an aversion to doing them!
This is what I’ve learned….
In order to have a more productive, less stressful day one must study and learn themselves. When do you naturally like to wake up? When do you work best? When are you less averse to cleaning?!?
As I’ve grown and gotten more comfortable with my schedule I realized that the entire point IS actually to work smarter. But people tell you that without giving you solid advice as to what exactly that means FOR YOU.
It means listening to your body. Knowing WHAT you do best WHEN you do it best.
My schedule now consists of me waking up at my regular time but cleaning first thing in the morning. Why? Because for some reason I really like to wake up and clean. I’ve always been like that it just didn’t dawn on me to actually schedule it then and to only do it then. This not only reduces my stress for the rest of the day, but actually keeps my house clean! Why force myself to do it when I get home? If I love to do it in the morning, schedule my cleaning in the morning and forget it. If I miss a day fine but don’t force myself to complete the task when I’m just not that into doing it.
Here are some other things that I’ve changed in my schedule to better suit my natural inclination to do them and do them well:
- I now only design content upgrades in the morning. Why? Because my fresh mind allows me to better extract the important points in articles that I’ve written. Not only that, the worksheets I create are just better. They’re more innovative and I get them done quicker. Less things to cloud my mind means a better product for you!
- My business reading and learning sessions are done on Sunday (mornings). Why? Sundays are my ‘relax’ days. I can casually read, drink wine and watch “Snapped” marathons without any pressure. It allows me to take in the information slowly and calmly. I write notes, think about what I’ve read and do any further research needed if I have more questions.I tried to read during the week or on my commute home but with the energy of the day I find it hard to absorb the information. I want to use that energy for something else, not reading.
- I only schedule and actually post content to the blog on weekdays. This is a new one. But the actual scheduling and posting of articles for the blog is a fairly easy task. One that I can do after work when I’m tired. Even though it’s a 5 minute thing why waste the time and energy doing this easy task on the weekends. I can use that same energy and time to create something amazing!
- Jewelry making is scheduled for weeknights or Saturday mornings. Why? Making jewelry pieces is another fairly easy task that takes little energy. It’s easy to just get home from work, sit in from of the TV and make things. Why I also do it on Saturdays, I’m not sure. I just love the freedom you feel Saturday morning and doing what I love during that time just naturally fits there. Making and creating on Saturdays gives me an all-around positive feeling and who doesn’t like that?
- Editing of podcast episodes and blog posts are scheduled for weeknights. Why? I work in the finance industry and have to be very meticulous with my work. I find that during the week I carry over that same energy into my business. The weekends I want to use for more fun, abstract tasks. I do my best editing when I’m already in work mode. Trying to force myself to do the mundane tasks of editing on the weekend always results in me feeling frustrated and rushing through the article or podcast. Completing an article during the week allows me to feel accomplished and confident that I’ve done a good job.
- Photograph jewelry or myself in the morning. The sun is so perfect in my apartment in the morning and I’m already looking good for work, why not wake up a little earlier to get extra pretty and use the light to my advantage? Plus, I can download the pics, choose which ones I love and do my photo editing on my phone on the way into the office. Thank you iPhone 6plus!!
What are some things that you’ve struggled to schedule? What are those things in your business or around the house that you don’t mind doing but just never seem to get to? Ask yourself if maybe switching when you tried to complete these tasks would that produce better results.
Analyzing WHEN I schedule certain things has really worked to let myself off the hook and increased my productivity. I am not only completing more tasks but they are better than if I was haphazardly knocking things off my list.
I want to hear from you! How can you better organize your day?
PS – I no longer do my own laundry. I use a pickup and drop-off service because LIFE!
Love ya’ll, Shondra
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