This 2015, I want to be productive!
I want to get things done on time. To have proper time management and to achieve a better work-life balance.
Over the past years, I’ve found it very hard to work on my goals, my schedules and my daily to-do’s. It’s as if I know I have a lot to do, but instead of doing the most important, I spend more time on other things like social media. Then I end up feeling guilty and sorry for not being productive.
Thankfully, a lot of blogs that I read have truly made me become better in handling my time and my life. I can’t stress how thankful I am for all the tips that I got from them and I want to share them with all of you, basing on my own experience and the kind of impact they made in my life.
1. List down where you spend your time. What are the different categories in your life that snatch a portion of your 24-hours in a day. My Time Categories, for example, include:
- Devotions- Writing on my journal and Bible reading are parts of my commitment to having a stronger relationship with Him.
- Preparing for Work- Time spent in the shower, picking what to wear, brushing my teeth as well as putting makeup on all take up time.
- Work- I spend 10 long hours at work in the office plus about 3 hours of travel time back and forth. For those who might not know I am a Marketing Assistant/Technical Writer in Makati.
- Family- I make time for my family especially for my parents. I see to it that I am able to catch up with them everyday. Even short talks with them will do.
- Special Projects. My Personal Finance blog along with my frugal and lifestyle blog, IzzaGlino, are part of my personal projects. I also have my Yourube channel that I put a lot of effort on to update.
- Business Projects. I work very hard to get additional income. Some of these endeavors include actively hosting events and managing portfolio investments. I also created two niche websites (which I will announce as soon as I launch them) in a futuristic goal of monetizing them. Thanks be to God for all the talent He blessed me with.
- Personal Stuff. I don’t forget to treat myself once in awhile so if I want to take a short but meaningful break, I do. This 2015, I plan to travel alone and embark on a journey of experiencing more of the world so this goal will surely eat a big chunk of my time.
2. Now that you’ve listed your Time Categories, you can now create your Goals. My tip is to create a yearly goal, a monthly goal, a weekly goal and a daily goal. The yearly goal will be broader as usual with items from personal goals, financial goals, career goals and so on. Now, be more and more specific as you go along with your goals. The thing about having life goals is that you have a better motivation in life and you’ll be sure to be inspired to take action more when you get to accomplish one of them.
3. Cut off the Major Time-Wasters. This is one thing that I am continuously struggling with but then again, I hope that I can be good at this this new year. Social media is on top of my list but you may include gossiping as a major time-waster too. Keep busy and always set your priorities.
4. Start Creating a To-Do List. I have an in-depth post on how to create a perfect to do list that you can read HERE.
5. Follow a Daily Schedule/Routine. You are never too young or too old to start a new routine or habit. Just make sure to be committed to it. Waking up the same time everyday is a very great jumpstart to being productive. You can also try categorizing similar tasks and do it all on the same time. I, for example, do massive content writing every Saturday. I also spend one hour every Sunday to keep my planner updated and also the blog ideas that I have in mind.
6. Get some help with mobile apps. Before 2014 ended, I shared some financial apps that can help manage finances. I plan to share too some productivity apps that should be called as major life hackers since they save you time and energy, allowing you to do more in life. Apps are such useful tools especially for busy people.
7. Have a Planner! I love planners– I personally believe that once you write something down, you are more likely to do it or achieve it. My mind is very cluttered and I tend to overthink or over plan sometimes. Keeping a planner for about 5 years now has allowed me to take things slowly and has helped me become more focused in life.
Other tips that I’d love to share:
– Be Intentional. In whatever you do, you have to be intentional. You have to keep in your heart and remind yourself constantly the purpose of why you are doing something so you can continue to do it despite the hardships that may come with it.
-Pray. It says in Mark 9, Whenever You Pray…. Ask God for His blessings. Ask Him to give you strength to fulfill the new tasks that you will carry on your shoulder. Let Him be your greatest motivation.
-Take it slowly. Becoming productive can be tough to do, but make sure that you take things nice and slow. Don’t feel too pressured and just enjoy the journey towards having a better 2015.
Importance of living a productive life this 2015
Being productive is not just about getting things done. Once you become productive, you are able to balance and have in alignment each and every area of your life better. You become effective and you feel great from the inside because you have so much time left for yourself as compared to the time when all you would do is procrastinate. Living a productive life will help you serve God more, too.