Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Kickstart your productivity


I pride myself on my productivity, but even I get in slumps where I feel sluggish and unmotivated and don't want to do anything, which makes me unproductive, and then I hate my life. So I have to snap myself out of these periods quickly. How do I do that? Like so.

1. Wake up refreshed. The chances of me kicking ass increase exponentially when I'm coming off of a good sleep. Preferably 7-9 hours of sleep even though I can do with six in a pinch. This requires that I am off of all technology for at least an hour before bed and that I don't linger too long in my book.

2. Make your bed as soon as you wake up. What? Hey now, you haven't even left your bedroom yet and you've already accomplished something. Your bed is made. Army corners or whatever they're called are not necessary. Just pull the covers up, plump the pillows, and make it look presentable.

3. It's all about the three. What are the top three items that must get finished today?  Eyes on the prize, work towards those three things only. If you finish those, you might do more, but if you don't you'll have done enough to be proud of.

In July I wrote about things you can do today to increase productivity tomorrow, so if you like this post you might like that one too.

Ciao bellas. Tonight we begin the long journey home.


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Replies to comments will be sparse while we're away, I'll get back to you when we return! Follow me and MFD on Instagram to see trip snaps! He typically out instagrams me on vacation.


21 comments:

  1. I've started making our beds in the morning and it does make me feel a lot better!! xo, biana -BlovedBoston

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  2. Great tips, Steph! I love the idea of three. Three is manageable. Safe travels! Loved your pictures.

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  3. We make the bed as soon as we get up!
    Extra lights and Angels and God and Goddess speed as you return home! Gus, Geege, and Mae will be so happy to see you. Love. Your. Momma.

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  4. i suck at making my bed. but i always feel better when i do! returning home already? that went by fast! save travels :)

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  5. I've definitely found that getting the right amount of sleep is a big key to getting things done! I've tried to make working out a priority this year, and the only way that happens is if I go to bed early and wake up early in order to work out. If I don't, I'm definitely not working out!

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  6. I hate making the bed. Michael is so good at i so I leave it up to him but i should probably try to reciprocate in some way!

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  7. I have to make my bed. One, to keep the dogs off the sheets and two, to keep me from getting back into it and not doing anything I planned.

    One thing that helps me kick start my productivity is having my to-do list already planned out from the day before. It keeps me focused (even if I generally get off track).

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  8. I've never been one to make my bed, shamefully. Probably because I'm always rushing in the morning. I like the thoughts behind #3.

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  9. so since my desk is a mess since work has shat all over my life and i hate looking at the mess, i have decided that every time i get up to get a drink of water or use the washroom, i will put one thing away....and you know what? IT WORKS. i mean, who can't put ONE thing away?! desk is clean now after 1 day and it didn't even feel like a chore ;)

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  10. I hope my elephant is comfy on the airplane...

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  11. always good tips!! My husband makes our bed every morning (as he gets out second) and I really enjoy that little help. Still working on getting enough sleep, maybe one day.

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  12. I always have to make the bed right away!!! I like your idea of doing the top three things every day.

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  13. I haven't made my bed yet today... It's been nagging at me all day but there's always been something more pressing. (Such as reading blogs). Going to do it right now!

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  14. My planner has a "weekly three" and just seeing that there are only three boxes of things I must accomplish each week (the annoying tasks no one wants to do) makes me feel better. It's such a simple thing.
    And sleep. I need to be in bed before 10 if it's a school night.

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  15. What about your dogs? I used to always make the bed as soon as my feet hit the floor and then I got a dog and he stayed under the covers to sleep after we had already started our day!!! Now he's so old I carry him down, so I should probably go back up and make the bed. Gah.

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  16. I'm good at sleeping and making the bed, mostly because I hardly move when I sleep so it's more like throw the covers back where I just got up from. I like the 3 idea. It sounds simple yet effective. I'm going to incorporate it in my daily life.

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  17. I was just thinking about how I wish I could make the bed in the morning... no joke. But Pete wakes up about an hour and a half after me, so I'm already gone for the day. And he's not making the fucking bed. lol

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  18. There is nothing more refreshing than getting into a made up bed when you're tired... I see your point.

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  19. I've always been a bed maker. It may not be picture perfect every day, but I make sure to pull the covers back to the top and put the pillows back to normal each morning.

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  20. This reminds me I need to get more sleep! Three is a totally manageable number!

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