It’s so easy to be overwhelmed by life’s duties when you’re taking care of family, dealing with the fact that we’re in the middle of a pandemic, doing home chores, working full time, finding time to practice self-care, and making time to enjoy our lives. Feeling overwhelmed can lead us to try to accomplish too much, make us feel paralyzed, or even just give up on doing the work entirely.
Trust me, I know how it can be. I work from home full time and recently learned that blogging and entrepreneurship is also a full-time job. So, I’m always busy and it just doesn’t seem like there’s not enough time in the day. These tips have been so helpful for me to build a structure around my day, feel less overwhelmed, and take control of my time.
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1. Keep a planner and use it to write down your top 3 tasks for the day
By writing your tasks down, you can push yourself to commit and tackle them head-on. When you write down your tasks in your planner, you’re also able to keep track of your productivity.
2. Prioritize your goals for the next day the night before
Planning ahead and organizing yourself the night before will set you up for success the next day. Having a clear plan and goal will allow you to ease into your day effortlessly rather than scrambling about what needs to be done and ultimately eliminate the feeling of being overwhelmed.
3. Create a productive space
Your space is a visual representation of your mind. If the space around you is cluttered than chances are your mind is cluttered as well. I know I’m not the only one who will be counterproductive and clean instead of completing my work. So clean ahead of time that way you won’t be distracted and can open your mind for clarity.
4. Work in time blocks
Having a “deadline” will push yourself to focus on the tasks you have to get done and decrease the feeling that you’ve been working forever and will eliminate distractions. I use the Flora and freedom app as timers and website blockers. These apps are helpful so I won’t take an early “break” that will turn into endless scrolling on social media. After your time block is up, you can reward yourself with a break.
5. Have grace with yourself
Remember, to not be so hard on yourself and it’s okay to not finish your tasks for the day. Trust me, I’ve been there. Simply move them to the next day and be ready to conquer them!
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When you implement these tips, I can guarantee that you will be able to conquer your day, increase your productivity, and complete your daily tasks. It takes at least 21 days to form a habit, so don’t forget to have patience with yourself as you make these life changes.