In every area of my life, whether it be school work or home, I multitask to the highest level. There are certain activities that I dub as “time wasters.” It is not that they are necessarily unimportant, but are things you can do while doing something else at the same time. For instance, do you have any idea how much you can get done while you are brushing your teeth? A lot! I can feed my cats, pick up around the house, and switch the laundry all within those 3 minutes. I already feel that I am productive person, however the constant multitasking leads me to “forget” to do things. My mind is not completely there while I’m doing one thing because I am thinking about or doing something else. So, I decided to take a breath, step back, and figure out how to be productive without multi-tasking so much.
1.) Write stuff down. I bought a tiny little notebook at Target for $2 that I can stick in my purse and pull out whenever I remember something that needs to be done. It also doubles as a place to jot down my grocery lists and any ideas I may get for designs, writing, etc. In addition to my mini notebook, I also have a mini calendar to keep track of appointments and assignment deadlines. Of course I could use my phone to do this, but I prefer to write it down.
2.) Get up early and get stuff done. When I have off on weekends I get up around 7:30 am without an alarm. This is because I try to maintain the same sleep schedule as I do during work days. Once I’m awake I like to tackle tasks as soon as possible. Like the grocery shopping. I don’t think anyone could hate grocery shopping as much as I do. Later I usually indulge in an afternoon nap, which I deserve.
3.) Stay away from social media. Most of us are guilty of mindlessly grabbing our phones or iPads only to spend countless minutes or hours scrolling through feeds. When you need to be productive, steer clear of social media and mindless Internet browsing. Removing yourself from social media can actually be very liberating. As my assignments in school began to pick up I had less time to browse Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. At first I felt so disconnected, but now I recognize how much time I was wasting on social media.
4.) Get some coffee. Eat some chocolate. Indulge. It’s no secret that I love my lattes. I can’t start the day without one or at least something caffeinated. Enjoying something you love before you get down to business makes doing monotonous tasks a little bit easier.
5.) Prioritize. Now that you are up early, have your coffee or treat, and your to-do list it’s time to prioritize. First and foremost I address the “must do” tasks like school assignments, paying the bills, making phone calls, etc. Then I move on to the “should do” tasks like exercising or putting away laundry.
Now, go get stuff done!