This post is sponsored by Clipix. All opinions are 100% my own.
I love being productive. I hate wasting time throughout the day. In fact, it can be hard for me to just sit and do nothing – ok, I will admit that I fall into the social media trap sometimes. I can’t stop looking at streams of pictures of my friends’ kids or all the amazing places people are traveling! But that’s usually at night when my kids are in bed and my brain is fried…
But. During the day, I’m pretty productive. I have a system that works for me and I hope it will for you too! Or at least some of it. We all need to find what works best for us. But these are all simple things that I know you can do!
So here are 5 ways to be more productive today!
Tip #1 – Organize your to do list
I keep a running to do list on an app I have. I add to it when I think of things that need to get done. Then each morning, I look through my list and organize it by what has to get done today and then what I would like to get done today. I start with the most important and work my way down. It’s very common for me for the smaller things to get pushed to the next day or later in the week, but if you’re getting the important things done first, you’ll get less tied up in the things that don’t matter as much.
Tip #2 – Plan your week
Each Sunday night I plan the following week. I look at all the appointments, events, and errands I have and then plan my day to day to dos around them. So if you have a doctor’s appointment on Wednesday morning, but you usually clean the kitchen Wednesday morning, then clean the kitchen Tuesday or Thursday instead. When you plan ahead, you can still get the things done you need to rather than getting to Wednesday, realizing you’re busy and you’re busy Thursday and Friday…so that kitchen never gets cleaned. I know that doesn’t bother everyone, but it bothers me! Trust me, my kitchen needs it. My floors are always a sticky mess.
Tip #3 – Organize your ideas
Are you ever searching for birthday party ideas or price matching a purse on different websites or find an article on a blog you want to share with your husband, but don’t have anywhere to save it for later? Clipix has that covered for you.
Clipix is perfect for the visual learner. It’s a blend between Pinterest and Evernote. You create boards by clipping items from anywhere on your computer and then you can make these clipboards private or public. I love that you can see a picture of what you clipped – it makes it easy to look through quickly which is key when you’re trying to be productive. You can clip emails, upload files, write notes, and even import pins. It also has a clean and simple design that makes it user friendly.
If you’re like me, you’ll spend time comparing prices online to different stores for that shelf that would look so cute in your daughter’s room and then forget which store had the best deal because you didn’t buy it that day. You were just browsing to get ideas. So now you have to start all over again…
Save time by clipping those shelves you browsed into Clipix and then go back to it when you’re ready to buy it. How awesome is that? Plus you won’t spend hours looking through your feed adding more things to boards that you’ll never actually make or eat… I love Pinterest, but it can be a time sucker.
Check out how Clipix works in the video below!
Tip #4 – Set a timer
Holding myself to a deadline helps me stay focused on the task I’m working on. Set a timer for yourself and hold yourself to it. If you have 30 minutes to spend on getting through your emails, just do the 30 minutes. Because emails will keep flooding your inbox and the work will never be done! Next thing you know you’ve spent an hour looking through emails when you have more important things to be doing.
Tip #5 – Don’t look at social media
Limit yourself to the time you spend on social media. Social media is another huge time waster. Do you really need to watch that cat video or see another dog meme? No! Social media is a great way to keep in touch with people or see what’s going on in the world, but we don’t need to spend all day on it. Like tip #4, set a timer for yourself so you don’t get sucked in.
This is how I stay productive. I hope you find these tips helpful too! You can do it!