Hello readers! Well, today’s post will be pretty short, concise, and to the point, but I think that this topic will be one that we can all definitely relate with! Do you ever feel like there’s not enough hours in the day? Like you’re running around like a chicken with its head cut off? Do you ever feel like your to-do list is a million and one miles long? Like you’re going to be crushed by the weight of even the thought of all that you are supposed to do? Well, you are not alone! Not at all! Apparently, that’s called “real life” and as unpleasant as that word may sound sometimes, well, it’s not going to go away. Your to-do list isn’t going to shorten, your responsibilities aren’t going to vanish, your work isn’t going to get easier. BUT does that mean you have to live a miserable, stressed out life, running around like a crazy person, but still feeling like you’re not getting anything done? Well, thankfully, the answer to that question is, NO, you don’t!!
So what’s the secret?!?! Well, I haven’t totally figured that out yet…… But here are three things that I think are extremely important in order to stop wasting your time, be productive and get more done with the valuable time that you have been given! And yes, with as little stress as possible!
1. Get up an hour earlier, to live an hour longer.
This one….. This one is by far the one that I struggle with the most. I’m just going to be honest here, I hate mornings. Seriously, I really, REALLY hate mornings. And the first 10 minutes are definitely the worst. Don’t talk to me. Don’t look at me. Don’t even BREATHE near me. No, I probably won’t get mad at you, but I might start crying and crawl back into the piles of warm blankets……. Well anyways, getting up early. Is it fun? No. But does it play a HUGE roll in a successful, productive life? Yes, yes and yes! When you are up earlier, there’s a much lower chance that you are going to feel rushed and out of time. I know that mothers especially can relate to this. You decide to sleep an hour longer…… All of a sudden the kids are awake, screaming, ready for breakfast, and you haven’t even gotten dressed or brushed your teeth yet. Yikes. Even thinking of that starts to stress me out a little bit 😉 When you decide to bite the bullet, get up earlier, and survive those first 10 minutes, your entire day will most likely go a whole lot smoother! Even though getting up early may not seem like such a wonderful idea at the moment, it is! You can do it! Remind yourself of all the benefits in getting up an hour earlier, to live an hour longer.
2. Control cellphone/social media usage.
This can be a difficult one for a lot of people in this world with so much constant technology. But controlling screen time is so, so important! Bloggers, I’m talking to you specifically for this one. Saying the words “blogging” & “controlling technology” can seem like a total contradiction. But it doesn’t have to be! For blogging, set a specific time that you will check notifications and approve and respond to everyone’s comments. For blog advertisement, don’t just randomly do it. Sit down with a specific time limit (I would recommend 45 minutes to an hour) and instead of just aimlessly drifting around the internet, get as much social media sharing, updates, interacting with other bloggers, advertising, etc. done in that time frame as possible. If you find yourself constantly checking your notifications, social media, and blog, then try turning your phone on silent, or keeping it in the other room.
3. Set timers to get tasks done.
THIS! Seriously, I can’t even describe how helpful this is! Sometimes, you may think that a job is going to take you forever, but in reality, that’s just because you are stalling and walking in circles with it! For example, cleaning the bathroom. In your head, you might keep trying to push it off, telling yourself that “you just don’t have time.” Well, I hate to burst your bubble, but you actually have plenty of time! Set your timer for 10 minutes. In those 10 short minutes, you most likely will be looking around trying to figure out if there’s anything left that you can do because you still have a few minutes left! In 10 minutes, you can have the laundry hamper emptied, the sink & toilet scrubbed, the shower wiped down, the floor swept, and the mirrors sparkling! When you start setting timers, you begin to realize that tasks really don’t usually take as much time as you thought they did. You just have to stop procrastinating and decide to get it done!
Now I want to hear from YOU! Do you often feel like you’re wasting time, or there’s just not enough of it? Do you feel like you’re running in circles, but not actually ACCOMPLISHING anything? What are some tips you have for beating procrastination and getting more done? I’d love to hear your thoughts and tips in the comments down below!