The following post is from Prerna of The Mom Writes:
The New Year is just around the corner and it is time to set goals and resolve to have a better, brighter and more productive year. While most of us are really good at setting weight-loss goals or money-making goals, productivity tends to fall off our list. This year, make sure that being productive is right at the top of your list.
The more productive you are, the more positive you’ll feel about all other aspects of life. Being good with time management will enable you to achieve those money and weight loss goals as well. Plus, the energy boost that you get from managing your time and resources well is a fantastic motivator and de-stressor.
So, yes, setting goals for productivity is essential. Here are some of the best goals that you can set yourself to be more productive in 2012:
First and foremost, reclaim your time by saying “no”. Start by making a list of tasks and activities that don’t add value to your life and then, start saying “no” to them. It may not be easy especially if other people are involved, but be firm, stand your ground and know your reasons for refusing something. Once you get into the habit of saying, “no”, you’ll be amazed at how much “free” time you actually have.
Using an Organizer
The start of the New Year is a great time to start using an organizer and plan out at least the first 6 months of the year. Nothing major, just pencil in important dates, any meetings, conferences, home maintenance tasks, school-related activities and such. Then, keep it handy and refer to it whenever committing to anything new. Just this simple tool will ensure that you’re never overbooked, overtired and overwhelmed with everything that life throws at you.
Make a List
Yes, lists are important and no matter how superhuman we think we are, we need them. So, at the end of each day, spend just 10 minutes jotting down your to-dos for the next day. Refer to your organizer and include any must-attend activities as well. Having a daily to-do list will help you cross off important and essential chores right at the start of your day. Plus, writing it down ensures that you’ll rarely, if ever, forget about it.
Review Your Routines
Finally, make it your goal to review your routines periodically. Is an early morning routine not working well in the winter months? Maybe you need to plan to work in the evenings. Does your toddler not want to nap in the afternoon anymore? Maybe it is time to push evening play to the afternoon. Flexible routines keep a family happy and allow you to achieve your work and personal goals with ease. So, every once in a while, especially if you’re feeling overwhelmed and exhausted, pause and review your routines.
What productivity goals will YOU be setting this year?
|Prerna Malik is a mom, a wife, a writer and woman who believes in being postively productive, parenting with love and creating a home that invites you to put your feet up and relax. Find her sharing her journey and experiences with productivity and parenting at The Mom Writes.|