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Between being a Wife, a Mom, a Full Time Employee at my day job, and a new Entrepreneur running a blog and a soon-to-be opening Etsy shop, I have to stay on top of my game. Organization is key in doing this.
Here’s some things that I’ve found keep me on track and help me accomplish more:
1.) Putting Appointments and Important Reminders on my Calendar. I hate holding onto appointment cards and I especially hate forgetting to do things (which I have a tendency to do when things get hectic). For Mother’s Day a couple years ago, my husband bought me an Apple Watch – my appointments appear right on the face of my watch so I won’t forget. Which is perfect because I’m very visual. This even helps my husband because we share a family calendar, so he can see everything I add, too.
2.) To Do Lists. There’s something about checking an item off my to-do list that is satisfying and really gives me a sense of accomplishment. I find that when I put things down on a list and see them, I am much more likely to accomplish them. I’m a complete technology nerd, so I have To Do lists built right into my OneNote Notebook.
3.) Scrum Project Management. If you haven’t heard of Scrum, I am entirely too happy to introduce you! I highly recommend reading Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland. I have used Scrum for around 2-3 years now, and it’s still by far my favorite project management tool. I use it for both my day job and my Etsy Shop planning. The long story short is this: Create three columns on a chart, white board, Excel spreadsheet, whatever is easiest for you. Title them To Do, Doing, and Done. Then, put tasks on a sticky note (or digital sticky note if you’re using Excel), place accordingly, and move when necessary. This will show you at a glance where everything stands and motivate you to get more done. If you don’t quite feel like making your own Scrum Board, Trello is a great management tool app and site.
4.) Don’t Be Afraid to Say No. When you’re overworked, overtasked, and reaching the end of your rope, there is absolutely nothing wrong with saying no. If saying no means you’re able to complete the other tasks on your plate in a more efficient manner, then you should by all means say no. Overextending yourself isn’t doing you any favors.
5.) Tackle the Hardest/Most Concentration Demanding Task of your Day FIRST. This summarizes the biggest takeaway from Brian Tracy’s book, Eat that Frog. I would also highly encourage that this time be completely uninterrupted. For example, on one of my days off, I started my Adobe Illustrator Class in a Book, when I knew I wasn’t tired or pulled in many directions.
Bonus Tip: Cut Some Corners on Mundane Tasks Like Grocery Shopping. In effort to save money, we often do things that cost us more in the long run through time. One of these being grocery shopping. Check out Belinda’s post here on how she saves time grocery shopping.
So there you have it! That’s how I manage to juggle the many tasks I need to accomplish each day. But before you go, let me give you one bonus tip: give yourself grace. You can’t do it all at once, no matter how awesome you are. Be kind to yourself while you’re taking on the world.
Do you have any productivity tips? What’s your favorite?