Do you struggle with how to get more done every day? As a mom I can relate. There is so much to do to run the household on a day to day basis. When I was growing up I never knew how much my mom did, until I had a family of my own. Now I need to prioritize to make sure I am getting the most done every single day.
How to Get More Done Every Day
1. Write Down Your Goals
This is a big one for me. I started doing this last year. I am amazed at all I accomplished last year. Break up your goals into small measurable tasks. Once your goals are written down, they are tangible, real life objects. They are something you can see. Making lists helps you remember and prioritize your day.
2. Pick the Top 3
Make a list of all the things you need to get done during the day. First thing in the morning or the last thing you do before you go to bed, pick the top three things that must get done the next day. Star them, highlight them. Do whatever you need to make sure you know these are the top priority. Then when the day is finished, you know you accomplished the most important items on your list.
3. Do What You Hate 1st
After you have completed your top 3, see what needs to be done that you hate. Start on that task right away. When you complete something you hate, it is no longer at the bottom of the list, it is done. You feel a sense of accomplishment now that unpleasant task is done. You can now cross that off your list and give yourself a little pat on the back. You did it!
4. Batch Your Tasks
Set a specific amount of time to do a mundane task or take task you hate. Like cleaning out the dreaded junk drawer. You never want to do it, but if you give yourself 10 minutes to finish or time to get started. You will be amazed at how much you can actually get done in 10 minutes. It is like a race to see if you can get it done in 10 minutes or less. Batching your time should not last long, but enough time to get the job done. I would say 10 minutes is a fair amount of time to accomplish many of these tasks. But you may need more time, so batch accordingly.
5. Turn Off Electronics
I know turning off electronics is hard, but it helps clear your brain of clutter. Turn off the TV, Phone, tablet, video games, or anything else that distracts you from your task. You can focus on the task at hand. It has been proved you get a small endorphin rush when that ping goes off on your phone or device. You have a new message. It is so tempting to look at it. Don’t, just don’t. Finish your task then spend time getting back to people who messaged you.
6. Create a Weekly Plan
Creating a weekly plan for the entire family can be a life saver. Previously I showed you some excellent tips to organize your week. You can download a free weekly planner printable there. This helps everyone know where everyone else is supposed to be. A weekly planner also acts as a quick reference guide for me to see who needs to be where and when. This helps me plan my day to be the best and most efficient.
7. Review Your Goals
Are you doing things daily to help you reach your overall goals. Take the large goals and break them into smaller chunks. Then break them down into small doable tasks to achieve your goal. Make them part of your habit tracker in a bullet journal, so these items can get done everyday to help you reach your overall big goals.
How to Get More Done Every Day
If you follow these 7 simple steps, you will see a new and improved you. I know I feel like I accomplish more when I stick to the this strategy. The big 3 really helps me focus my day on the most important tasks at hand. I do find stuff that was lower on the list does tend to make its way to the top. I have given you the tools, now go out there and conquer this year!
How do you get more done each day?