Not morning as in, “It’s time to get up, get dressed and get to the office” morning. It’s Saturday morning. The one you’ve waited for all week. It’s Saturday morning and you are perfectly content all snuggled up in your pink pajamas under the covers.
Oh, you didn’t know that I knew you have pink pajamas?
There’s a list of things you need to get done today. Laundry, clean the bath tub, plan your cousin’s bridal shower, grocery shop. You know what needs to be done and you know how tiring it will be to do it. But you also know the kind of week you had. You deserve another hour of sleep, so another hour of sleep it is.
By mid-morning you get up, get some coffee and decide to catch up on your favorite show. It’s Saturday, after all.
Four episodes later and you’re still in your pink pajamas??
We’ve all been there. And we will probably all be there again from time to time… keep the coffee warm for me.
But a place where none of us women want to be is falling behind. Whether it be on our to-do lists or in the gym, at home or at the workplace, nobody wants to fall behind.
Fortunately, we can have some control over that. I want to share four ways I stay productive when I feel the urge to pop open a bag of Cheetos and turn on Netflix.
Wake Up Early
This one is hard to do, but once you get in the rhythm of it you’ll find it comes natural. Let yourself own the day. If you wake up at the last second, the day already owns you. When you give yourself plenty of time in the morning, you won’t feel rushed and hurried. That rushed feeling can easily turn into a stressed feeling that can carry over into your whole day. And besides, CEOs wake up early. It’s science.
We all know how beneficial exercise is for us physically, but have you ever noticed how much it also does for you mentally? I’ve recently realized how much more productive I am after a run. It’s like it just gets in me and I keep going. After a run I come home and reorganize my night stand; I clean off the counter tops; I’m just not content sitting around when my heart rate is booking.
Make A List
Sometimes the key to getting things done is good old-fashioned writing it down. Oldest trick in the book. When I make a list, it feels like it’s just staring at me all day until I cross it off. So I cross it off twice just so it know who’s #GIRLBOSS. Our days get filled up easily and things pop up unexpectedly, so making a list ensures that what really needs to get done won’t slip to the back of your head.
Sometimes the best thing to do is take a break. Go for a walk, grab a coffee, switch gears and work on something else for a while. When you come back to your task, you will find yourself refreshed and mentally renewed. You might even find that you are working harder after a “brain break”. And I can think of more than a few times when I have been stuck on a project, but upon coming back to it I see answers I hadn’t seen and realize which details matter and which don’t. And, if you need to play Paula DeAnda’s Walk Away from 2006, that’s fine. It’s your life. It needs a soundtrack.
So there you have it. Four tips on how to stay productive and make the most of your day.
Girls like us have things to get done. We have clear goals and purposeful direction. And sometimes you just need a little shove in the bum to get out of bed and get it while it’s hot. I hope this list can be that for you.
Hannah is an Influential Gal contributor and blogger behind the witty “It’s Hann’ah-clock!” blog. She is also a wife and mother in the prairie lands. Hannah lives for holidays, pies and parties. Occasionally, she’ll go on a run just because I love the feeling of the shower afterwards.