6 Musts-Dos To Increase Your Productivity

Well Hi Hello Fitfam! Hope you’re doing fantastic and taking the time to take care of yourself – mind, body and soul. I am loving life lately. I created a yoga space in my….ehem….dining room, that I can’t wait to share with you. It even includes a chalkboard accent wall. I’ve been increasing my strength – physically and mentally. I’ve been adding more superfoods into my diet (cacao, chia, hemp seeds, turmeric and kale to name my faves), and it’s all paying off with more energy, motivation, positivity and self-confidence, and oh yeah, a more toned bod. #perks.   I tell ya, September is refreshing. Aside from January, I think it’s the best month for fresh starts.

No doubt, you have some wicked awesome visions for your life in the next few months, and if not, that’s okay. Start dreaming of what would make your life even better by Christmas, narrow it down, and commit. Now, let’s talk strategy for gittin’ stuff did.

For the past year, I’ve listened to an average of 1-2 hours a day of podcasts or educational YouTube videos regarding self-development, with topics ranging from time-management, entrepreneurship/business building, productivity, mindset, goal-setting etc. WOW. I just started adding music back into my daily listening. I take learning very seriously, because I am committed to becoming a person who can help others lead their most joyful lives. I have notebooks full of guidance from experts like Tony Robbins, Brendon Burchard, Jim Rohn, Steven Covey, Chalene Johnson, Tai Lopez and more. I am coming closer to expert status every day.

Today, I’m sharing the TOP 6 PRODUCTIVITY TIPS I’ve gleaned from the past year.

6 MUST-DOs TO INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY

VIVID VISION

The more vivid and clear you can be about your goals and overall dream life, the more capable you are of using time to your advantage. If you truly know what you want, you’ll spend less time doing things that you don’t value or won’t move you forward. There will never be enough time to do everything. If you want to get productive, you need to narrow your focus, and create a vivid vision of your awesome life. From there, you’ll be able to whittle down what earns your precious time, and what doesn’t.

DAILY SUCCESS PLANS

Creating a plan for your day is a must if you’re going to increase your productivity. Here is my free, downloadable DAILY SUCCESS WORKSHEET. I fill this out every night, and when I don’t, I pay the price – my day is more scattered, less-productive and on top of that, more stressful!

It’s been said that every 10 minutes of planning, will save you an hour later. Honestly, I think the ratio is much bigger. Planning helps you prioritize as well, so you’re not only doing things quicker, but doing the right things.

The key is to create a daily routine of planning the day, whether that’s the night before or the morning of. I prefer the night before, because I can relax better at night, and hit the ground running in the morning. I love the momentum of a well-planned day.

FIRST THINGS FIRST

Mark Twain said,

“Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”

In other words, whatever you have to do that day, get the worst/hardest one done first. The term “Eat That Frog,’ has even become a time-management book by Brian Tracy, explaining how to prioritize better and do more in less time.

Every day, you have a list of things to do, and isn’t it so tempting to do the easy stuff first? Oh my goodness, I am drawn to the easy errands and cleaning because they’re just busy work. I have to force myself to do the tough, must-focus stuff, or it won’t get done, like studying for my Personal Training Cert. Put first things first, literally.

FOCUS

Getting distracted is a time and energy waster. When something needs to get done, give yourself a chunk of time, focus on it, and execute. You’ll not only finish faster, but with better quality and more satisfaction. There is nothing worse than feeling like you’ve worked all day, and didn’t even finish anything! That’s not happiness at all. We want to live the joyful life.

Tips for focusing

  • Eliminate distractions
  • Turn off your phone
  • Close browsers
  • Tell people you won’t be available
  • Set a timer
  • Set a reward for an accomplished task

OPTIMIZED ENERGY ROUTINES

If you want to be more productive, you must have energy to do it. To me, energy is gold. More energy = more joy, motivation, resources, adventure and more. To optimize your energy, you need to take care of your body, and do all those things we all know we’re supposed to do

  • always drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. Brendon Burchard recommends 16 (that’s a gallon).
  • move your body throughout the day, and workout 3-5 times a week. Committing to 2 longer workouts a week will increase your stamina.
  • eat nutrient-dense foods & eliminate or at least minimize processed foods
  • get enough sleep. This is huge. Lack of sleep throws off so many bodily functions, especially hormones, which impact everything! Hopefully, once you prioritize, you’ll have more time to sleep.

To keep your energy up, the best thing to do is create routines and habits for all of these – routines that you love!!! These ‘should dos’ need to become ‘I don’t want to live withouts.’ So, find a way to make them rewarding for you.

BELIEVEbelieve anything is possible

You must believe in yourself, and that you can absolutely achieve what you want.  If you don’t believe, yours actions will reflect that belief, and your ‘I can’t’ will become a self-fulfilling prophecy. So, if you’re stuck in self-doubt, start focusing on solutions, not problems. If you feel like, ‘I can never lose weight,’ or ‘I can never stick to healthy eating,’ then you won’t. But, if you feel that way, and don’t want to feel that way, start overwriting those thoughts with what you specifically can do. ‘I can lose weight if I track my food, and exercise 30 minutes a day.’ ‘I can join a healthy living group.’ ‘I can avoid eating processed food to help repair my metabolism,’ ‘I can arm myself with knowledge about how to stick with healthy eating.’ ‘I can keep treats out of the house.’ ‘I can find new, fun things to do to deal with emotions instead of food.’ YOU CAN! You can do anything you set your mind to, you just need to get your brain on board by creating paths for you to succeed.

In order to help you become more productive, I’ve created this handy dandy worksheet, that will help you discover and better understand your strengths and weaknesses with productivity. For me, I will admit, I tend to put the tough things off, when they should get done first. But, my focus has increased dramatically over the past several months. This worksheet is a great resource to check-up on yourself periodically. I would know how it goes, and what you think!

FREE DOWNLOAD HERE: PRODUCTIVITY QUESTIONAIRE

Next week’s optional topic: on-the-go breakfast

Let’s chat. Jill and I would love to know.

Questions for the day
  • What are some of your strengths and weaknesses with productivity?
  • What changes would make the biggest impact for you?
  • Do you plan your day?
  • What makes you feel successful when the day is done?
  • How yummy are Fit Dish Tuesdays?

Much love,

Jessica Joy

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14 Responses to 6 Musts-Dos To Increase Your Productivity

    • Organizing #allthethoughts is so important, otherwise they can feel overwhelming, and we don’t necessarily choose the right ones to focus on. great to hear from you, lady! Always love your insightful and thoughtful posts. #fitfamlove

  1. I am so excited to try out these productivity printables! I started setting a timer for myself when doing blog tasking. It seriously has made a huge difference. Thanks for the awesome tips!

    • Amanda, I am so happy to hear it. Both these printables have been extremely helpful for me. And timers! Oh my goodness, they really help keep us on task. I bought a fun chickadee timer at world Market to keep things fun. : ) But um…sometimes..the tick tick tick gets annoying. Choose wisely. lol

  2. So good! I love that Mark Twain quote! And I really need to get better at planning and narrowing my focus so I don’t feel so scattered all the time (although, I guess that scattered feeling might just be coming from life with a toddler & baby haha)! Thanks for the great reminders, and for hosting again!

    • yay! yes, that Mark twain quote really helped me get my hardest tasks off my plate early today. Cheers to that – I am feeling so great now! I completely understand about the feeling scattered thing. For me, with a 6 and 3 year old, the best thing has been to keep things very simple, and focus on the most important things. yes, I could try to fit in more, but I am so much happier when I only do my top priorities, and use the little time left to relax and plan. I am loving it actually. good luck! you got this. Xoxo

    • Thanks Jill! I tried to amp up the takeaway value this week. Adding tools and tips makes me feel really good. I know those tools from the post help me so much, and I love to share. I know i always love your wisdom. : ) xoxo

  3. There’s some good stuff here! No doubt having energy helps us get ish done!! For me, sleep is HUGE. And making sure my diet is somewhat balanced.

    I saw that someone recommended 16 glasses of water a day…and that seems a bit extreme, so I linked up a post I did on researching over-hydration. 😉 I actually get a headache when I over-hydrate. Crazy to think about since we get it drilled into our heads we need more water!

    • Diet is huge for me. The more processed food I eat, the more tired I am. It’s a simple equation that luckily I am starting to master. Moderation has been a struggle for me, but yesterday I was able to have a few bites of chocolate and that was seriously all I wanted. #bigwin. Haha

      As for water, different people suggest different things. Nasm suggests 9-13 cups a day for sedentary people. But, it’s always most important to listen to your body. Also, I learned from Nasm, that protein requires 7 times more water to flush out, so that’s why ‘meatheads’ drink their gallon jug a day – to flush out the high-protein diet. : ) I hope you have a wonderful week. Xx

  4. There are so many stinking good nuggets in this post! I love it! It’s funny that today was all about productivity because I feel like my day was not very productive and i was a little scattered. I didn’t write out my todo list today! I just printed off your daily success worksheet and I’m filling it out tonight!

    • No worries Jen, I def have days like that too…but luckily they are getter fewer between the rockin ones
      And yo, you’re Killin it, so make sure your standards are cray. ; ) Have fun with the worksheet- I love that thing! Xoxo

    • Sarah, your comment makes my day! I always aim to make TFS that motivational boost we all need to take action! Good luck beating the midday slumps. I did yesterday. Holla!

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