Steps to a Productive Day

Steps to a Productive Day

Some days seem to vanish before I have had time to get a single thing accomplished. (Well, I guess feeding and changing the baby is something so maybe I should say a single extra thing accomplished.)

Days rarely go as planned. Things come up, kids get cranky but there are certain things we can do to increase the possibility of a productive day. Today, I’m going to share what has been working for me.

Planning is essential. You need to have direction. When you go on a road trip you know where you are starting from and where you want to end up. You have a map or gps to assist. Getting in the car with no planning or gps will make for a stressful day and probably means you won’t arrive at your destination and definitely not as soon as you thought you would.

Take Steps to a Productive Day

  1. A Strong Start.

    Begin your morning with God and exercise. These two things will get your day off to the right start. Some mornings will be especially crazy or your kids will wake up early. On those days, just do what you can and try not to stress remembering things rarely go perfectly.

  2. A Strong Finish.

    End your day with thanks. Have a journal to write a few items you are thankful for from that day. This will help keep things in perspective and complete your day on a calm note where you realize how blessed you are.

  3. Plan the Night Before.

    This is essential to set yourself up for success the next day. Make a list and write right down your:

    • Must Dos
    • Should Dos
    • Want to Dos
  4. Big Stones First.

    When the next day comes make sure you tackle the most important things first (Must Dos) and fill in with the smaller non-essential items as you have time. It will feel good at the end of the day to have the biggies checked off the list.

  5. It’s okay to put fun things on your list!

    Don’t feel guilty putting reading for 30 minutes or playing piano on your list.

It’s okay if you don’t get everything checked off of your list. Each day is a fresh start and you can re-evaluate what you want to get done. Living life takes priority over a list, but most days utilizing these steps will help you enjoy your time more.

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13 thoughts on “Steps to a Productive Day

  1. Leah

    Thanks for the advice and it is a great idea to make a list. I love lists but a lot of times they go unfinished and I get frustrated so I think I will be using your idea to break it down and make sure I get the must do things done first. found you at the Mommy Brain Mixer and would love if you would come link up to the Friday Follow along this friday at http://www.leahinspired.com

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  2. Tessa W

    I love these ideas and follow them mostly myself. I start my days with scripture, prayer and gratitude. I find that, with the amount of running up and down stairs and going for walks around the farm, I don’t need to add exercise into my daily routine 🙂 I’m also working on instilling good habits into my kids before baby # 3 arrives. That way I can feed and change the baby and (hopefully) the kids can still accomplish some things to keep our house in smoother running condition.

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    1. Deanna Michaels Post author

      Ha ha, yead stairs and a farm definitely counts as exercise! No stairs in our house though or big yard so unless we walk to the park my at home walking is limited. Love the idea of instilling good habits into your kids! My oldest was 2 1/2 in August and I’m loving watch her become more independent and able to do things on her own. I should be more purposeful on working with her though.

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  3. Kathleen

    I totally agree with getting the bigger things done first. It’s so easy to do a bunch of small things but then the big things get shifted to the next day, every day which means it never gets done. Plus when you accomplish something bigger, you feel better about it, and feel more productive in general.

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    1. Deanna Michaels Post author

      Yes! It is discouraging having to face the same big task day after day. You are right, I feel so much better when I have tackled my big item and motivated to do more. Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Mel Caldicott

    Great advice. I’ve been sharing about how we manage our time at Essential Thing Devotions. It’s so important to start the day right by spending time with God yet I love what you have said about real life and how we need to go easy on ourselves when this doesn’t work out.
    Thanks so much for sharing at Essential Fridays.
    Blessings
    Mel

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    1. Deanna Michaels Post author

      I’ve been enjoying what you shared at Essential Thing Devotions. It is so important and makes a huge difference starting the day with God. It really can change my perspective. But I am thankful for God’s grace when life goes crazy and it doesn’t happen.

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  6. Monica

    I seriously wasn’t going to comment on another post. But then I saw the tip about the must do, should do, want to. I sometimes make a list and feel bad if I don’t accomplish it all…categorizing it with musts, shoulds, and wants would really help with that. Genius!

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    1. Deanna Michaels Post author

      Thanks for stopping by and your comments and kind words! It is crazy what a difference prioritizing the list makes – you can still feel productive at the end even if everything didn’t get crossed off.

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