Happy New Year everyone! I know we are already more than a week into 2018, but I took last week to gather my thoughts and really think about my vision for both work and my blog as I head into the New Year, and now I am ready to hit the ground running! While I am still trying to flesh out the details one thing is for sure you will be seeing some fun new content and a few new weekly additions here on the blog.
In the meantime I was going to post the traditional “New Year Resolution post” but the more I thought about it, the more the idea of resolutions stressed me out. I’ve done the whole resolution thing before and either I can’t seem to follow through, or halfway through the year I realize my priorities have shifted and I am working towards something that may no longer be that important to me. So, this year instead of resolutions, I’ve decided to try and work on ways to be more productive in 2018. Ways to be more productive at work, at home, with my kids, and most importantly being more productive when it comes to me. This might sound strange, but one big thing I want to focus on is taking time for myself. On the surface this sounds really selfish, but the more I thought about it the more I realized, if I am not my best self my kids suffer, my marriage suffers and my work suffers. So starting from the top I need to work on me.
With that in mind, I wanted to share a few simple things I do daily (or want to try and do daily) in order to start the day off right.
- Making Your Bed: Ok, this one seems super silly, but I promise you it really works! Since I work from home most of the time if my bed and the kids beds are not made I find myself thinking about the mess. Maybe it’s the organization freak in me, but taking the ten minutes in the morning to just fluff up my sheets really helps. I also find that when the day comes to an end getting into a freshly made bed makes me so much happier.
- Don’t Forget Your Coffee: If you aren’t a coffee drinker this could be tea, lemon water, juice or whatever. What I really mean is try and slow down for a few minutes to compose and collect yourself before the hustle and bustle of the day begins. Mornings in my house are usually very hectic, so this is one thing I am really going to work on in this year. For me, this probably means getting up a little earlier before the kids wake up and that will definitely be a struggle, but I think having a little bit of time for me to quietly sip my coffee will really help me start the day off right.
- Get Dressed: This might seem like a no brainer but anyone else that works from home knows that it is very easy to go more than a few days without putting on real pants. For me, getting dressed, doing my hair and putting on a little bit of makeup makes me feel like I am ready to take on whatever the day has to throw at me . For those of you head into an office each day my advice to you is don’t just throw anything on. It might be superficial but sometimes looking your best just gives you that extra confidence you need.
- Daily Planning: I know this is going to be one of my biggest challenges of 2018 because I am always waiting until the last possible minute to get things done…anyone else? I purcahsed a new planner and thus far it has really helped me keep track of things I need to get done each day and each week. As part of my new morning routine I sit down at my desk and I take a look at my to-do list. Sometimes it is filled with work items, and sometimes it reads more like a laundry list of household chores but that’s ok. Sitting down and assessing what my day will look like has really helped alleviate a lot of my every day stress. I really think physically writing down what I have to do each day has helped as well. Sometimes we quickly jot down items on on our phones but listing it out with a pen and paper helps me realize exactly what has to be done.
- Powering Down: I know so many people can probably relate to this one. I was constantly on my phone or at my computer in 2017, so much so, that I felt like I missed out on a lot of real life moments. Keeping that in mind, I have set a goal to turn off my phone and computer at a certain time. Since my business relays heavily on being active on social media this is definitely going to be hard, but lately I have been set a 6pm cut off time for email replays in an attempt to enjoy a few hours with my kiddos before they head to bed. I also find that not peeking at my inbox at 10pm has me less burnt out and less anxious as I try and fall asleep. This also gives my husband and I few hours of “us” time. Lately, we have been watching The Crown on Netflix. I highly recommend it! There are obviously going to be exceptions to this, and I’m sure there will be days and weeks when work has to be done at night, but I am going to try and stick to this one because so far it has worked wonders!
I will try and keep you updated on my productivity for 2018 is going, but in the meantime do you guys have any tips and tricks for staying productive and on task? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!