It always seems like the beginning of the year is the most hectic. We’re adjusting to new schedules, new goals, and it can honestly be just plain difficult to adjust getting back to work after a couple of lazy days and turnt up nights. Believe me, I understand this. Either way, we somehow have to manage to pull it all back together so we can get started with our year.
A good friend of mine asked me the other day, “Girl, how do you stay organized and productive when you have so much going on?” It’s funny because I never think about it that way. I just know what I want to do and what I have to do to get what I need to done. However, it hasn’t always been like this. I remember the days of trying to REMEMBER everything. You know how far that got me? It got me to Target to buy an agenda and then to figure out some more ways to get it all done which I’m going to share with you:
1. Write it down. Period. If there’s something you need to do, whether it’s an appointment, a conference call, walking the dog, or even going to the grocery store. WRITE IT DOWN. You can write it in your agenda, type it in your notes on your phone, put a sticky note on your mirror, either way, it should be in your eye’s view. We’re bombarded with a wealth of information daily so that little visual reminder is undeniably going to help you remember what you need to do.
2. Add it to a schedule. With work, school, school and work, we like to think we’re too busy, but we have the same 24 hours as our girl, Bey, so in real life, we have plenty of time. We just have to organize our time in a schedule. Maybe you need to make 5:30p your designated time to walk the dog and then allot 6p for you to read that book you were supposed to finish last year. (GUILTY) You almost have to schedule everything, even your down time.
3. Work your hardest during your peak hours. I’m a morning person so I’m my most productive when I first wake up. If you’re a night owl, create a schedule that allows you to do your best work, household chores or whatever it may be, before you go to sleep.
4. Meditate. Sit in stillness for a few minutes or just have a moment where you’re literally just sitting there, thinking. Gather your thoughts. Take a deep breath. Just be for a moment. You’ll feel refreshed and ready to get back to work. (You’ll probably have to add that to your schedule, too lol)
5. Mark off what you’ve completed for the day. At the end of each day, reflect back on what you’ve accomplished. You’ll be able to gauge how productive you were compared to how productive you planned to be. Once you see that, you can plan how you can better utilize your time.