Do y'all ever feel overwhelmed by your to-do list? I do... All. The. Time. Whether it's writing a blog post, getting your car into the shop or just cleaning your house, sometimes the tasks can simply build up. For me, I sometimes get so overwhelmed thinking about all I have to do that I don't even know where to start! Here are some of my tips for prioritizing and motivating myself to tackle everything I have to do.
1. Make a list & prioritize.
The first thing I do when I'm stressed out is make a list of all the things I have to do! I keep a notepad specifically for my to-do's with the date at the top of each page. That way I can look at the previous day's list - tasks that didn't get done the day before will roll over onto the next day. Then I go through my list and prioritize tasks in order of importance. Sometimes I'll number them, and other times I'll just make a mental note of what needs to get done first.
2. Put it on your calendar.
My agenda is vital to my life! In the past, I have forgotten about deadlines or meetings because I failed to mark it down in my agenda. Do you have a coffee date next Tuesday? A wedding next fall? Put it all down in your calendar! I have this Kate Spade agenda, which lets me break down my schedule week-by-week and day-by-day (I also like it because it's just so darn cute!). Everyone also needs a huge wall calendar like this one to see the entire month at a glance. I have a huge calendar like this for my blog that is SO helpful - I like to plan out blog posts weeks in advance!
3. Take a break.
I believe that taking breaks is essential to being productive. If you work really hard on something for an hour, let yourself have 15 minutes to give your mind a break. (For instance, read your favorite blog, check Instagram or go make a mug of hot chocolate in a cute cup!) You have to find what works for you, but taking breaks will keep you refreshed and ready to tackle all your projects.
4. Print out an inspirational quote.
Sometimes just printing out an inspirational quote and putting it up on my bulletin board where I can see it is enough to give me some serious motivation. For example, I love this quote and this one.
5. Get up early & get enough sleep.
This may seem like a weird one, but I have found that I am way more productive if I wake up early to get a head start on all that I need to do. It's the BEST feeling to have a bunch of items checked off on your to-do list by noon! Another big one is getting enough sleep at night. If you are tired all day, it makes it hard to get motivated and difficult to get things done. I aim to be in bed by 10:30 p.m. every night and I'm not even ashamed!
What are your tips for getting motivated?
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