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The 4 Things You Should Do Every Day for Maximum Productivity
Every day has 24 hours, but some seem to be so much shorter than the others. These 4 things you should do every day will help you maximize those hours in the day, and get organized from the time that you wake up. I’m not a time management expert, but between balancing a family, working from home & a photography business, I do try to keep things as organized as possible.
There are a few tricks that I have learned that can help maximize productivity. I also like to start with coffee, before anything else! Here are the 4 things that you should do every day (after coffee) for a more productive day.
- Make your bed
It took me a long time to get into the habit of making my bed every morning, but I’m happy to say that I am there now. There is something about making your bed that just gets the day started right. Making your bed, and picking up any clothes or other things that are out of place can help keep you motivated to keep the momentum going all day.
Have your kids make their beds too! Most children should be able to make their beds fairly well around the age of 5. Kids might be a little messy at first, but practice makes perfect and after a few weeks they will be making their beds like pros.
- Do one load of laundry
I do this every day, and it makes a huge difference! I used to drown in laundry every weekend, now I do one load on most days and the laundry is (somewhat) under control. If you work outside of the home, it may be easier to start the laundry at night, and finish it in the morning. When I worked outside of the home, I started laundry in the evening and finished it in the morning. Now I start the laundry in the morning and finish it whenever I get a chance.
Laundry is a great task to delegate to kids. My 7 year old helps with laundry, and both my 4 and 7 year old help with folding.
- Get dressed
This is particularly important if you work from home. I can work in my pajamas, but I’ve realized that I feel better when I actually get dressed. I think that putting on real clothes and trying to look decent can help with productivity. Another bonus is that you don’t have to rush to get ready in the event that you do have to leave the house. If you have little people running all over the house, this may be more difficult! Some days I just do the best I can, that may mean sweat pants and flip flops, and that’s okay!
- Create a list
I try to create a list every morning with the things that I want to accomplish with my day. I couldn’t find a daily checklist printable that I liked, so I made one myself. I use this list every morning to track my to-do’s, calendar, things that I need to buy, water intake, goals for the day, and more. I wanted to share my daily list with my readers, so that you can get this list that I use every day for free! Simply sign up with your e-mail below, and I will send you my daily list as a PDF to save on your computer and print every day or laminate and put in your daily binder.
What are your priorities every day? Do you use a list to try to be more productive? Do you find that writing down tasks helps you get them done? For me, it works pretty well! I’d love for you to share your productivity tips in the comments below. Don’t forget to sign up for the free daily checklist!