Increase Your Productivity & Smash Your To-do List

Increase Your Productivity & Smash Your To-do List

It isn’t always easy to increase our productivity. I can sometimes really struggle to be productive and to even get the smallest tasks ticked off my to-do list. But we all know how good it is when you have such a good productive day and end up smashing your to-do list.

Since I’ve been working from home for a while now, I thought I would put together some of my favourite methods and tips on how to increase your productivity and therefore smash your to-do list, whether this is for any personal, blog or work-related tasks.

Start the day off the right way – get up early!

Somedays you just want to have an extra hour in bed and relax. There’s nothing wrong with this. I’m all for resting and recharging. Unless you’re sleeping in every single day and then getting stressed about how far behind you are with everything, then my biggest encouragement would be to start the day off the right way, get up early.

It can be tough but it has so many wonderful benefits. Getting up early means you don’t have to be tight for time and can instead take care of each task without having to rush through it and instead increase your productivity.

By getting up early, you’re giving yourself more control of the time that you do have and you get to decide how much time after you’ve smashed your to-do list to schedule in ‘me’ time activities like unwinding and relaxing.

Get yourself ready – dress the part

Getting up early can play hand in hand with getting yourself ready. You’re bound to be way more productive if you’re up early and getting ready to start the day. This might mean having a shower, grabbing some breakfast, washing your face and doing your skincare routine, doing your hair and makeup, and getting dressed into something comfortable yet proper attire for the day ahead.

This can really help to increase your productivity and make you ready to tackle the day ahead because you feel more like the part and will have less temptation to laze around, not doing anything productive.

I always feel refreshed and much more awake when I’ve got myself ready to start the day. This really does help me to be more productive and to have the motivation to smash my to-do list.

How To Increase Your Productivity And Smash Your To-do List

Create your to-do list – so you can smash it!

A to-do list is a great way to increase your productivity. Whether you prefer a digital version or the classic putting pen to paper, make sure your to-do list consists of achievable key goals and tasks. Prioritising your to-do list is also super important and something I definitely want to do more often.

This can really help you to work on smaller goals and tasks that hold bigger importance to you depending on the deadline or how much value they hold. This could mean making an important phone call or picking up a parcel from the post office.

Remember that smaller goals and tasks overtime mount up to a bigger goal. They help to keep us focused and increase our motivation. To begin with, don’t feel like you have to put every single thing on your to-do list. This will only overwhelm you and prevent you from smashing your to-do list.

Plus, how satisfying is it being able to tick something off your to-do list?

Do one task at a time

I’m very guilty of trying to do too many things at once and then struggling to try to manage everything because I’m not completely focused on getting one thing done at a time. If this sounds just like you, then to increase your productivity and reduce stress, focus on just one task.

By doing this, you’re limiting your distractions and giving yourself the chance to work more efficiently. You can put all your attention and effort into one task, getting as much done as you want to before you move onto the next.

It might feel like you won’t get as much done this way, but you will be able to work solidly through each task, ticking each task off one by one, rather than half finished jobs, that will actually be more time-consuming.

Reflect on your progress often

How you’re working and your growth can definitely impact your productivity levels. Take some time every couple of weeks or even just once a month to sit down and reflect on how things have been working for you lately.

This might include you reflect on how you’re doing currently (physically, emotionally, mentally), what’s working and what’s not working in your everyday life (things that may be stopping you from being productive), how you’re getting on with any goals or plans you might have, putting new plans and goals into place to ensure you’re taking better care and to increase your overall productivity.

I’ve found it so useful to reflect each month so far this year and it’s definitely helped me to work harder to increase my productivity and therefore produce the results that I want. It can also help you to get back on track and smash your to-do list more often than not.

How To Increase Your Productivity And Smash Your To-do List

Work at your most productive time

All of us are different. Some people enjoy getting up early and using the morning to be their most productive. Others enjoy taking the afternoon or evening to work through their to-do list. I’m a mixture because for me it depends on what I have going on that day or how I’m feeling.

Figuring out when you are most productive and more likely to get things done, can help you to focus better and achieve more. It’s always good to do the most important tasks when you’re feeling more productive as you will be able to put your all into each task.

Do the difficuilt tasks first

I’m definitely someone who tends to put off the more difficult tasks because they feel overwhelmed or too challenging. But once I do them I always feel such a strong sense of achievement for managing to do it.

Isn’t it a massive relief once you’ve ticked off that challenging task?

If you do the difficuilt tasks first, you can earn the reward of accomplishing something big. Then you can use the motivation and good energy you get from doing this to push you to get more done, helping to increase your producitivty levels and to smash your to-do list.

How do you increase your productivity? 

28 Comments

  1. February 13, 2019 / 8:59 am

    Thanks for sharing these great tips with us all.

    • laurennvictoriaablog
      Author
      February 14, 2019 / 8:42 am

      Thank you so much for reading, Natalya xx

    • laurennvictoriaablog
      Author
      February 14, 2019 / 8:42 am

      Yes you can end up getting so much done and still schedule in some ‘me’ time to relax or do the things you enjoy xx

  2. February 13, 2019 / 1:32 pm

    Hey Lauren,
    I am definitely a big fan of to do lists. I also developed the habit of doing annoying tasks first a while ago and it really helped. Such an inspiring post! 🙂
    x Sophia

    • laurennvictoriaablog
      Author
      February 14, 2019 / 8:41 am

      It’s so good that it has worked for you, Sophia! Thanks so much for your kind words xx

    • laurennvictoriaablog
      Author
      February 14, 2019 / 8:40 am

      Thanks so much, Chelle! Oh no haha count it as a break xx

  3. February 13, 2019 / 5:16 pm

    What a helpful post! I’ve recently got into a better routine with getting up early, and it’s helped enormously with being more productive. Reflecting is so important too, it’s so motivating xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

    • laurennvictoriaablog
      Author
      February 14, 2019 / 8:40 am

      Thanks so much, Hannah! I’m so glad you found it helpful. Getting up early definitely has its benefits. Yes it can be so beneficial to see your progress and the direction to go next xx

    • laurennvictoriaablog
      Author
      February 14, 2019 / 8:39 am

      It’s such a satisfying feeling!xx

  4. February 13, 2019 / 9:06 pm

    I completely agree when you say getting yourself dressed properly, bit of makeup etc helps get you into work mode. I’m guilty of slobbing around in joggers when I’m at home but on the days I actually get dressed properly it really does make a difference to mindset. I’m trying to be more organised, but it doesn’t come naturally to me! Thanks for sharing some great advice lovely xx

    Samantha | https://thebeautyspyglass.com

    • laurennvictoriaablog
      Author
      February 14, 2019 / 8:38 am

      It most definitely does, Samantha! I’m so glad you agree. Thank you so much. I’m so glad you’ve found it helpful xx

  5. February 14, 2019 / 3:49 pm

    Amazing post Lauren,these tips are really helpful.getting ready as if youbwere going to an office job is definitely my top tip,it does help a lot x

    Todaysouhaila.blogspot.com

  6. February 14, 2019 / 5:18 pm

    I’ve found getting up early can make such a difference to my productivity, its amazing. Also, I’m so bad at trying to juggle tasks and really need to learn to take one thing at a time – one to practice!

    Lucy | Forever September

    • laurennvictoriaablog
      Author
      February 18, 2019 / 11:41 am

      I’m so bad at multi-tasking as well, Lucy! I try to spread myself over so many times and never take the time to just focus my efforts on one at a time xx

  7. February 14, 2019 / 5:36 pm

    I love these tips, especially the one about getting ready for the day. I always feel like if I change out of my pyjamas and slap on a little bit of makeup, I’m suddenly a hundred times more productive!

    Khanak x
    http://www.khanakm.com

    • laurennvictoriaablog
      Author
      February 18, 2019 / 11:40 am

      Thanks so much, Khanak! I’m so glad you love them. It’s such a small change but it can make such a big difference xx

  8. February 14, 2019 / 10:32 pm

    I so needed this! I’ve just quit my job and will soon be working from home. I know I’ll absolutely smash my new job but I’m worried that I’ll forget how to shower or wear clothes or that I’ll work from when i wake up to when I go to bed!

    Holly | http://www.honestlyholly23.com

    • laurennvictoriaablog
      Author
      February 18, 2019 / 11:39 am

      Oh what an exciting new chapter! I hope it works out well for you. I definitely know that it will take some time to get used to a change in routine and how you work, but you will find your feet with it and create a working life that is best for you xx

  9. February 15, 2019 / 8:44 pm

    Getting up early and creating a to-do list are my absolute go to’s if I want to have a productive day!

    Becca / becc4

    • laurennvictoriaablog
      Author
      February 18, 2019 / 11:38 am

      I completely agree, Becca! They make such a difference xx

  10. February 16, 2019 / 8:52 am

    Love this! Very much needed on this Saturday morning with my to do list for the day ahead looking a little daunting…

    Wordsbyalice.com

    • laurennvictoriaablog
      Author
      February 18, 2019 / 11:24 am

      Thank you so much, Alice! I hope you managed to smash your to-do list xx

  11. February 18, 2019 / 2:27 am

    Loved the post! I’ve always been a night owl but since I’m still in school it didn’t work as I had to get up early every morning. Now I get up at 6:30 every morning so I have a few hours until school starts to catch up on homework or work on blog stuff. I definitely need to start reflecting on my progress more, because it’s so easy to brush over your achievements!
    Elina | http://www.justsoelina.com

    • laurennvictoriaablog
      Author
      February 18, 2019 / 11:03 am

      Thank you so much, Elina! I’m so glad you loved the post. Having some ‘me’ time is always great before you start the day. Reflecting is such a massive help. It can definitely help steer you in the right direction xx

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