Hey beautiful people, the weather in my little corner of the world is lovely today. I woke up to the ever so familiar sound of gentle raindrops hitting my windows. As cliche as this sounds this is my perfect stay in weather, so I decided to make myself a steaming cup of hot chocolate, get back into bed and type my long over due blog post on how to get the most out of your day. More often than not we all have those days were we plan on doing a 101 things and yet we find ourselves at the end of the day having only done 3 of the things on our list. Lately I decided to employ some simple keys to curb this habit and today I would like to share them with you:
1. Wake up early
Starting your day earlier will give you more time to do what you need to get done throughout the day. Personally I find that when I wake up late (when I sleep more than 8 hours) my body tends to feel more lethargic and I get very little done. Waking up early also allows you to have ample time to get yourself ready for the day, grab a healthy breakfast & cut down on the amount of time you have to spend stuck in endless traffic.
2. Plan your day ahead
Planning your day helps you make the best use of your time. Rather than just sailing through the day, have an appointed time for everything (and no this doesn’t include planning your bathroom breaks, lol) . Something I’ve found really helpful is having a daily planner. My planner is divided into weekly goals and then I further break these down into daily goals. My daily goals are then further split into Priority items and then Others. Once I started planning my days I have seen a drastic improvement in my time management.
3. Take mini breaks
Taking mini breaks is just as important as planning your day or starting your day early. Having mini breaks throughout the day gives your mind a chance to recuperate . Throughout the day I usually take 20 – 30 minute breaks and I use this time to either take a nap, a walk or just catch up on some things that I might have missed like some emails or just scrolling through my Instagram feed.
Now I know the phrase, ‘tame your cellphone’ sounds a bit strange but believe me the cellphone is probably one of the biggest distractions of our generation. I am going to be the first one to confess and admit that I am so guilty of letting my cellphone literally control my every move. I’m that person that jumps for my phone everytime I hear a notification ping and I’m sure a lot of you can relate. Sometimes you plan to get so much done but the minute your cellphone is in your hands to reply one email, 2 hours later you’re on YouTube watching a video about a dancing giraffe. My trick is to mute my notifications and only check them when I am taking a break from more important things. I also try to keep my phone away from me when I’m busy because as long as I can’t see it, I’m not tempted to reach for it.
5. Getting enough shut eye
Sleeping early allows you to have a healthy 7 – 8 hours of sleep and that is a major key to having a productive day. Having sufficient rest allows your mind and body to reboot and prepare for the following day, while also resting from the previous day’s activities.
So there you have it, my 5 key tips on getting the most out of your day, I hope you found them useful and if you have any key tips that help you to get the most out of your day please do share them in the comment section below. If you have any ideas of topics you might want me to write about please feel free to also leave them in the comment section below. But until then…
P.S All the photographs I used in this blog post were sourced from Pinterest
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