Have you ever thought to yourself “I wish there were more hours in the day?” or How can I get more done in a day?
Been there, done that!
Just a few weeks ago when my kiddos had a few snow days off from school it completely threw me off. I spent the next few days running around trying to do a million things in a day to get caught up.
I know that will only make things worse and you will quickly burn out on that pace.
Ways to get more done in a day and be more productive is really a simple thing. But many of us look at the overwhelming tasks we have instead of breaking them down into why we can not get them done.
To get more done in a day it requires a little planning and focus. The planning part I have down pat, however, some days implementing it is not so easy.
So here are my tips to get more done in a day that has helped feeling more accomplished and productive.
Turn Off Distractions
Cell phones, radios and Netflix in the background can be very distracting. I try to avoid all of them when I am trying to get work done. There are a time and place for the background music but not when I need to do chores that require focus.
The cell phone is the toughest for me. I explain to people just because I work from home does not mean I can take phone calls all day and chat. I am sure this goes for my homeschool moms and stay at home moms as well. People think because you are at home all day that you have all the time in the world.
between the hours my kiddos are in school is when I work. I have the school phone numbers set to its own ringtone so I do not need my phone with me at all times. If it is the school I can hear it but for everyone else, I ignore the calls and texts.
Plan Your Week
I know I know I’ve said it a million times I am a list maker and planner but for me scheduling my week out in advance helps me get more done in a day.
Every Sunday I sit down with my weekly planner and look over deadlines, kids activities, and appointments.
I then block out time frames where I could work, go to the gym or anything I need to do for the house.
If I know I am running to a certain area of town that day I try to do what I can while I am over there like a quick grocery shop. By bulking like things together during the week helps me a ton to get more done in a day.
Set A Timer
I have talked about this before in my cleaning routines. I will set timers all the time for myself.
It tricks my brain that I have this allotted time to get more done in a day in chunks. Every day, for example, I set my timer for 15 minutes to declutter something.
I created it a habit so my house does not pile up with clutter in those dumping spots on our homes.
I apply this principle in my work life too. If you need to be on social media for your job too you will understand before you know it there you are looking at crafts on Pinterest or scrolling Facebook for funny memes. It wastes time and makes you less productive.
Bonus Tip – Get Dressed Completly Each Morning
Even moms that stay home with infants and toddlers, homeschool moms or moms that work from home. Get dressed, do your hair a little bit and throw on some makeup.
Make it so you feel your best each and every morning.
I was that mom when my kids were little that thought I will get spit up on all day or we are not leaving the house so why bother.
If nothing else get dressed. There is something about throwing on real clothes that just make you feel better.
See, I told you to Get More Done In A Day is not that hard. Just some simple tweaks here an there but they make a world of difference.