Productivity is Name of the Game
Productivity is the name of the game. That’s right. You wake up at 5:00 a.m. and there’s this little window of opportunity, of hope that it’s going to be an amazing day. Before I continue, you should know that this post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on or purchase one of the product links I’ll receive some compensation that will support my addiction to all things coffee.
If you don’t harness that bit of momentum by doing something constructive, you might miss the opportunity to set the tone for a very productive day. I don’t know about you, but I have missed my share of moments thanks to procrastination and hitting the snooze button one too many times and I don’t want to lose any more bits of momentum. Give me all the help I can get when it comes to productivity.
If productivity is the name of the game, then it’s important to have a game plan. I’ll share mine with you. I had to move to an apartment due to a house fire. Thank the good Lord we’re all fine. But it shook up my entire life and I have had to think differently. Somethings just aren’t as convenient as they used to be and other things are a lot more convenient than they were.
When I wake up
When I wake up in the morning, one of the first things I do is make the bed. It’s fast easy and allows me to see a big difference in the appearance of the room. This motivates me more. I timed myself, I can make the bed in under 3 minutes. Pillows and all. You know all the decorative pillows that guys just throw on the floor? then they look at you with the What?? face.
Next, I put on my gym clothes and walk my dogs. I an apartment, there’s no more opening the back door to let the dogs out to go potty. The fact that I have to walk them every morning actually helps me wake up better. I continue to think about the upcoming events of my day.
Establish a flexible daily routine
When I get upstairs I unload the dishwasher. Now for your sanity and mine, I’ll share the rest in bullet points.
- set something out thaw for dinner
- put my hair up, drive to the gym
- work out 2 hours
- back home
- vacuum and tidy up my apartment
- check the kids’ rooms and let them know what they need to get done
- I walk the dogs
- I nap 30-45 minutes on the couch
- start afternoon coffee
- prep dinner
- cook dinner
- eat dinner
- I watch one hour of t.v. with my kids and that is all the t.v. I allow myself.
- hubs is sweet and do the dishes after dinner
- I walk the dogs
- I blog from 5:30p.m.-9:00p.m. roughly
- Go to bed somewhere between 9:00 p.m. and 10 p.m.
This is a pretty good schedule for me. But, it varies on different days, but this is the skeleton of my schedule.
The secret for me to have a focused day is to have certain things in place that never change. I always have certain things that I do that help to keep me on course. For me, it’s these 5 things. These 5 things are like road markers, they allow me to see where I am now and where I am headed next because after all productivity is the name of the game.
Create set events that occur at the same time every day
First, I make the bed, work out at the gym, walk the dogs, plan dinner, then blog. I don’t know why this works for me it just does. For me, its the flow of sitting, standing and walking.
Do use a planner. Later, sometime during blogging hours I’ll stop and view my planner so I can see what the next day is going to be like. I spend Sundays in a comfortable corner blogging out the details of my week. You can read more about that here.
I highly recommend adding to your day certain specific markers that propel you into the next part of your day. You’ll see you will find that this will keep you moving forward. You should also know, I’m not perfect at the game of productivity but man it sure has gotten a lot better than it ever was before I had these 5 markers in my game plan.
Listen, let me give you a couple of clues. There are things that you are already doing every day that can serve as a marker for you. I’m not a smoker but that’s actually an example of someone who takes smoke breaks and then goes back to work. For me, it’s walking my dogs. Or how about your every mid-morning 10:00 a.m. cup of coffee. Tack on a few more of these types of markers and you’ll be winning Productivity is the name of the game.
That’s all for today friends.
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I’m Karen with Embracing-Aging
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