If you are like me and would rather watch Netflix or go exploring than cleaning your neglected house than you need to continue reading. Yesterday I fully intended on cleaning my house, doing laundry, and planning a lesson for my kiddos but I ended up on Pinterest and watching Gilmore Girls…oops!
The worst part about being unproductive is knowing that you wasted your time. I know what I need to do in order to get things done and how to get them done quickly and living with the guilt and embarrassment of a messy house is not worth it.
Make a List
This should be a no brainer but on the days I know what I need to do and don’t take the time to write them down I rarely get everything I need done.
Lists are good for three key reasons
1) They help you get organized: Writing things down has been known to help with memory. By writing something down that is one less thing to think about and you don’t have to worry about what your forgetting to do. It’s all right there on that cute piece of paper!
2) They give you perspective: Once you write everything down you can see how much you really have to do. Some days I think I have a million things to do but once I write it down I really don’t have as much as I thought. You can also see what is more of a priority and what tasks you can pair up to get done at the same time. For example, you can vacuum or do dishes while you do laundry.
3) They are validating: There is no better feeling than checking something off your list. It is like a little “Hurray! You finished!” every time you cross something off. That little celebration than encourages you to get other things finished and gives you relief because you now have one less thing to worry about!
Don’t Get Distracted
This is a big one for me. I get distracted by everything if I can use it as an excuse to get out of something. Some of the most common distractions include:
Sitting on the couch
Calling up friends to hang out
Suddenly having the urge to go through old yearbooks and photos
Stop being in denial and start holding yourself accountable! If I have been avoiding cleaning my house I don’t allow myself to sit down because I know that once I sit down I won’t get up and finish what I started. I start justifying and telling myself I can put it off one more day. Then I go through the same cycle until eventually I get everything done.
Have a Pump Up Playlist
There is nothing better than cleaning or running errands when you have your favorite dancing music on! Everyone has at least 10 songs that really get them going so listen to those songs while your out and about.
On days that I have a lot of stuff to do I put my headphones in so that even when I am out of my car I can still get excited about grocery shopping or mailing out a package.
WARNING: Listening to music can also be slightly dangerous though because often you will find yourself dancing and singing to your broom instead of sweeping.
Give Yourself a Timeline
The days I find myself the most productive are when I have obligations to attend later that day. Knowing I have to have everything done before I go to work or before my neighbors come over is great motivation.
Another way to do this is to give yourself x amount of time to have everything completed or you have break it down even further and write down what tasks you want to have done between the hours of 1 and 3. Whatever works for you! And if you don’t know then try different ways and see what does work.
This is important and can be so simple! A favorite of mine (don’t judge) is showering. Most of the time I clean my house I make sure I don’t shower until it is all done. Not only do I feel better about getting dirty while cleaning but I feel so good once I finally get to shower!
Another favorite is having friends come over or going out for ice cream! Nothing better than laughing with friends or eating some vanilla ice cream with marshmallows 🙂
How do you stay motivated to stay productive?