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How To Start Being Productive And Stop Being Busy



I feel like the title of this post is very legit and I'm not totally sure if my advice is legit. Maybe that wasn't the best way to start a post? Lol. I guess I mean that the title seems strong and my advice isn't groundbreaking, not to let ya down!

This is a topic that has been really intriguing to me lately and I'm continuing to research the best ways. Lately I've felt like I have a 1000 things to do, I make a to-do list and am busy throughout the day yet at the end up the day I feel like I've accomplished nothing. Anyone else feel that way? Throughout the day I feel like I'm getting stuff done because I'm "busy" but when the day is over I still feel like I have 50 things to cross of my to-do list. So, like I said, I've been doing some research into out to be more productive and not just busy. I'm even starting to read the book The 4 - Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss so maybe I can do another post on this topic once I've finished the book!

I've come up with 3 tips/ideas/things I'm trying to do to help you and myself to start being more productive! I like to do only 3 or 5 tips, as you may notice, because I feel like it's more manageable. If we're talking outfits, hairstyles, beauty tips I feel like the more the merrier! That being said, with more abstract (is that the right word?) concepts I think less is more so it can be easy to digest.

3 Tips To Be More Productive

1. Batch your time

This is something I heard first on The Skinny Confidential podcast, time batching. It’s a way of making the most of your time so you're not constantly answering emails or constantly doing something you feel never stops. Nowadays I feel like it’s a big thing to be a multitasker but I’m not sure that’s the most efficient way of getting things done. What I’ve been trying to implement into my life is picking a chunk of time, say 30 minutes, and dedicate it to only ONE thing, say responding to emails. Or, for me, I try to like and comment on other’s pictures on Instagram to help with my Instagram and blog so I say I’m going to do that 3 times a day for 15 minutes each. That way I’m not constantly liking and commenting on people’s pictures throughout the day but dedicating specific time to it so when I’m working on other things I’m only focused on those things. 

2. Make a list and then prioritize that list

I always make to-do lists and I love making lists because it helps me organize my days and helps me to not forget anything. What I realized was happening though is I’d go about my day checking things off my list but at the end of the day I feel like I hadn’t got done what I really wanted/needed to get done. I then realized when I make a to-do list I need to then prioritize what is on my to-do list so I ensure I’m getting done the most important things first! You don’t need to prioritize every single little thing in your life but pick out the top 3 things you need to get done for the day and make sure that happens first. 

3. Understand you need to take time for yourself


I feel like this is important to say because often when we have so much to do taking care of ourselves falls to the wayside. Don’t let that happen! You can’t function at 100% without having mental clarity and that comes from slowing done to do the things that make you feel good. Everyday you should take some time to do something that benefits your mental health whether that is exercising, reading, watching a movie, painting your nails, getting dinner with friends, etc. This doesn’t have to be extravagant or super time consuming even a walk around the block will ease any stress you might have. Like I said, mental clarity is extremely important to productivity so give yourself the time to ease your mind. 

Hope this helps us all be more productive and less busy!

XOXO, Maddy 

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