To be busy is to keep occupied and busy work is defined as work that keeps a person busy but has little value in itself. To be productive on the other hand means to achieve or produce a significant amount or result.
I want to be healthier but I just don’t have time to exercise or prepare a good meal. I’ve been meaning to do that or go there but I’m just…SO BUSY. Isn’t being so busy the explanation we give ourselves and others most of the time? But I get it. We are all doing the best we can to raise good kids, keep our homes, pay our bills and work towards ours goals.
So, what if there was a way for us to have our cake and eat it too? A way to have an excellent work ethic and more time to do what we want.
Say hello to productivity.
Being a highly productive person will allow you to have more time, be better prepared, improve your relationships and encourage self-growth. We all get 24 hours in a day, right? Here’s a list of helpful tips that have improved my daily productivity.
Stay organized. Have a schedule and a planner. Make a list of priorities in order of importance and if you can help it, don’t deviate from it.
Learn to say no. No is a complete sentence and if you’re like me I have a hard time saying no. By disciplining myself to say no to things that don’t interest me or add little value to my day I have more time for the things that are important to me and my family.
Work diligently. Focus on quality over quantity. You can be more productive if you focus on one task at a time and do it well. Even if you’re just cleaning your home. Don’t run frantically from room to room instead focus on the dishes in the kitchen then move on to the counter tops etc.
Avoid distractions. I time my screen time because social media is like a vacuum that sucks me in and before I realize I’ve wasted hours scrolling through the web or binging on YouTube videos.
Delegate. You don’t have to do everything all the time. For example, you spouse and kids can help you with the dishes, laundry or walking the dog. Your friends can find someone else to shop with for clothing advice and design tips. Like I said before, it’s okay to say no. It’s also okay to get someone else to do it. (Your welcome!)
Find the time. Make time to do the things that bring you pleasure and joy. Squeeze a romantic date night between a busy work week and weekend chores. Pamper yourself with a midweek spa night at home after the kids are in bed. Block out a whole Saturday and go on an impromptu 5-hour road trip. Find the time for adventure!
I hope these tips can invigorate your day so that you can be the most productive version of your beautiful yourself.