Are you someone who thrives off structure? I know I’m definitely someone who benefits from having a schedule, but it’s easy to get stuck in that rut of day-to-day life. While having a structured schedule limits chaos and creates a space for a smooth week, things can still get repetitive. Here are 3 productivity tips for creating some balance.
One of my favorite things to do to help me live in the moment is to sit down at the end of each day and reflect on what my day looked like. I like to spend some time journaling every day, and my favorite part is the “highlight of the day.” This is where I list the best parts of my day to take time and appreciate the positives in my life. For those who like to create task lists and check of to-do’s, you could add a “highlight” for the day as one task you have to finish. Sometimes my days get so busy that I feel accomplished when I complete that one thing. Being a business owner, there are so many unexpected things that can come up that it’s especially important for me to prioritize tasks.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed with today’s hustling lifestyle, so one way to ditch the feeling of being overwhelmed is to divide your tasks. Instead of creating a never-ending to-do list and living the same day on repeat (which I know we are all guilty of), try scheduling tasks for certain days to break up your schedule. For example, I like to dedicate one day each week to filming any content I have scheduled. With any extra time on those days, I sit and plan future content as well. Having a set plan for one task like that at the beginning of each week helps me better plan and alleviate stress that could come. Also, posting consistently will change your social media game, I promise you!
Another thing that has helped with my productivity is “thought dumping.” I’m not sure if you’ve heard of it, but I know when I first did, I was skeptical. It’s actually so effective! In the morning I spend time planning my entire day — creating a mental to-do list and reminding myself not to forget things, which of course doesn’t always work. This is where thought dumping comes into play! Thought dumping is where you sit with your journal, or just any piece of paper, and let all your thoughts out. This helps clear your mind and will also help you not forget little details throughout the day, which has been a lifesaver for me. Getting everything out on paper also allows me to start my day off refreshed and clear-minded. I am able to tackle what I need to but am no longer starting my day off overwhelmed. Do you know what that means? Less stress and more productivity and progress, which I know we all need! Sometimes something as little as thought dumping can change your whole day around.
Maybe you’re a skeptic like I was, but you guys should seriously give these three simple tips a shot. Highlight of the day to remember what you’re grateful for, breaking up certain tasks for certain days to keep some variety, and thought dumping to keep a clearer, more efficient mental state. What are some things you do to maintain structure and balance in your work life schedule? Comment on my latest post at @AskHeatherMariannaBlog on Instagram!