The Productivity Podcast Series will pull back the curtain to share with you what I do to get so much done!
Becoming a more productive person is a process that happens over time. The spacing of these podcasts will give you time to absorb and implement changes into your routine so you will become more productive, too!
As with all of my other organizational advice, this series will not come with a list of new apps, products to buy, or radical new time saving ideas. True organization comes from thinking about how you are spending your time now, what you desire for your time use to look like, and making slow incremental changes.
It is easier to find time when you know what you will do with it.
Step 2 in becoming more productive is to take your Sunday Basket to the next level. This is part one of Sunday Basket 2.0
Start to write down EVERY thing you want to do or remember and put those in the Sunday Basket.
And start to track your time. What tasks or activities could you eliminate in order to make more time in your schedule to reach your productivity goal?
Join me on Facebook andlet me know: Why do you want to be more productive?
This is part two of Sunday Basket 2.0
It's time to add some planning time to the Sunday Basket. Once you have all your actionable to do's chosen for the coming week, group the tasks that make sense to do together. Like all the errands.
Then using the Sunday Basket planning printables decide which days you will do each of your tasks.
Stack your tasks to get the most done in a short amount of time. Download the Sunday Basket Planning Printable here.
Having a checklist frees your mind to remember and problem solve bigger issues than remembering when the last time
you changed the furnace filter was.
In the podcast today I am sharing the lists I use to keep items checked off my to do list and of my brain.
You can view the items on my monthly and yearly checklists here.
All work is NOT created equally. Before you listen to the podcast this week, make a giant list of all the tasks you want and need to get done. Then listen in to discover how to reorganize your to do list to get the most done.
There are 4 kinds of tasks that end up on my to do list. Here is a brief synopsis of each one:
To change your life and get big things done takes prioritization and time. Start by finding 30 minutes a day to put toward your focused work. Just ONE goal. Then work your way up to 2-4 hours a day. This is NOT easy, but SO worth it! It will feel weird pulling that time from other areas, but once you accomplish one goal you will be hooked!
Once you have your tasks divided out by type, then it’s time to find new pockets of time to accomplish your to do list!
Here are 10 ways I have been able to find more time in the last 10 years.
Watch less TV.
Listen to this week’s podcast to hear how I did – or didn’t use each of these strategies in different phases of my life.
This productivity series has me searching in the far recesses of my mind to piece together how I have become so productive over the years.
If I had to boil it down to just two things, I would say productivity is the refinement of planning and habits.
What I mean is this… small incremental tweaks in my daily habits and continually looking ahead to what I need and want to accomplish in the next day, week, and month have made me a VERY productive person. :)
Today, I am sharing how I spend my days. Specifically, what I do in the morning, how I plan the work portion of my day, and what I do at night.
While it felt weird to talk all about MY day, I know I love reading and listening to how people I follow use their time to get so much done. So after many requests, here is what I do.
Remember as you listen, I have been focused on organizing my house for almost 5 years. And I am definitely in Stage 3 of organizing... maintenance and refinement.
You will get there, too... one day at a time.
Today’s podcast came from a reader's submission, “Now that I no longer have kids' schedules dictating my time, I have no clue how to start planning MY time.”
I find this is SO true. When I have very little time, I manage my time and tasks well. When I feel like I have “all the time in the world,” I waste almost all of it.
In this podcast, I am diving deep into how we look at the time we have and how to make our own goals and deadlines to live the life we want.
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This final podcast in my Productivity Podcast Series will help you divide you year into thirds.
My 3 New Years.
I always thought that I divided my calendar into three separate years because I was a schoolteacher or because I had children. But the more I talk to women without children who work 9-to-5 jobs, the more I find that this way of looking at the calendar actually rings true for most women.
I will walk you through how I organize my calendar three times a year, and how each time block starts out structured and organized and ends up chaotic and unstructured.