Organized: 5 Tips to getting the most out of your day

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Whether you hate to admit it or not, Beyonce is a BEAST . I have found myself wondering how she gets it all done and manage to look AMAZING?!?!? Today, I want to share my 5 tips to getting the most out of your day. Yes, these will completely change how you use your time and I’m telling you they work!

1. Plan it – Remember the planner you bought with full intentions of using it? DO IT! Plan out your dinners, your lunch or whatever it is that really needs to get done. Then, prioritize! Is watching Scandal as important as getting lesson plans done (that’s a rhetorical question, sorta)? If they’re equally important, figure out a way to do them at the same time! Or decide to work for 30 minutes as it DVR’s so you don’t have to waste time watching commercials!!!! Plan out when you are going to do whatever it is and just do it!

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2 Do it in the morning.- Over the summer, I read the book What the Most Succesful People Do Before Breakfast. I think the one thing that the book pointed out was to just do it in the morning!!! Want to exercise? Do it in the morning. Want to be more successful of writing your blog posts? Do it in the morning! Need to reply to emails? Do it in the morning!!! Putting things off until later in the day only makes them harder to do. For instance, working out in the morning seem impossible? It isn’t, in fact it’s the time when your mind is most clear and focused! You can do it uninhibited and without any distractions. Being a mom, I’ve learned that my runs are MY time to decompress and what better time to do that than in the morning. In fact, I had a goal to read this book…and I did it in the morning on a run!

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3. Find a way to remember– Write down whatever is that you want to do. I have ideas pop in my head at the oddest times and then, I forget! I have learned that writing these things down are the foolproof way of being aware and able to complete the tasks that I need to get done. For me, writing things down and snapping a picture is the best way I can get my ideas to stick and find them later! Got a planner? Make a notes page for ideas and jotting down points you’d like to remember!

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4. Sleep. I know…I’m a mom/teacher/wife/counselor/nurse/friend/sister and the list goes on, but you must realize your body has limits. While reading Thrive, Ariana Huffington mentions how important it is to sleep and how bad decisions are often made in the midst of not enough sleep! Think of how groggy you are after a hard night and being forced to wake up and “be productive”. We have to stop sometimes and realize that those lesson plans, projects, and school tasks will be there tomorrow. However, forcing yourself to finish NOW could mean that you make a decision while completing that is not the most conducive for said tasks. Be aware of your body and turn off all those “tabs” in your brain…you’ll thank yourself in the morning.

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5. Say No. Yes, it is okay to say no. You don’t have to be rude. You don’t have to apologize. You don’t even have to have a reason why you’re saying no. Just know that saying no, is okay! Too much of our time can be spent by others, which isn’t fair to you! Getting the most out of your day is about YOU! Don’t get sucked into pleasing other people and forget who you’re doing this for. Volunteering for one more committee or completing one more project now could be an amazing experience, but it could be the one thing standing in between you and success. Make sure that what you’re doing is serving a purpose and helping you get one step closer to your reality! If it doesn’t, think about why you’re doing it and prioritize it amongst your other tasks!

I hope you’ve taken something good from these tips to getting the most out of your day and you will follow these tips!

What do you do to ensure you’re getting the most out of  your day, without going crazy?






23 Responses to Organized: 5 Tips to getting the most out of your day

  1. Lindsey says:

    I read What Successful People Do Before Breakfast this summer as well! I’m in the midst of reading What Successful People Do at Work and will get to What Successful People Do on the Weekend soon. I loved reading about the different routines that worked for people and wrote down what I’d like mine to be fore the school year. Even more awesome – I added that morning routine to the “Monthly Resolutions” print out you created and shared! I had it laminated to use each month but wrote the morning routine down with a sharpie so it was permanent – the rest of the year I can write in vis a vis marker so I can erase and add new ones each month. 🙂

    • 180daystohappy says:

      Lindsey,
      Smart idea!!! I have a morning routine, I’d like to think, and it truly helps me get through the morning efficiently!

  2. I am definitely most productive in the morning, and over the summer I worked on getting myself in the habit of doing things early in the morning. During the school year, I am so darn tired by the time I get home, it is so nice being able to sit on the couch (or get in bed) guilt free!!

  3. Swung over from the link up! Such great tips. I try to tackle as much as I can first thing in the morning, and writing things down as soon as I think of them helps so much. I’m so forgetful! But I need to get better at saying no. I’ve always had a hard time with that one. Have a great weekend!

    • 180daystohappy says:

      Katie, I think saying no is hard for many people including myself! I have just had to learn there’s nothing wrong with it. Also, people often ask you to do things they wouldn’t do for you! If that’s the case, no should be your ONLY answer!

  4. Brittany says:

    LOVE No. 4 and No. 5!!! I have learned that it’s way more productive for me to go to bed “early” (which is actually not early…just reasonable) than to stay up the extra hour finishing a paper. I can easily get done that last hour’s worth of work in a short 15 minutes the next morning. Sleep is so undervalued these days! And as for saying no…you have to. Otherwise you will burn out. If you keep saying yes, you will not get any sleep, and we just covered the negative consequences of that one 😉 Stopping by from That Friday Blog Hop; great post!

    • 180daystohappy says:

      Brittany! It’s amazing the things you can accomplish with a well-rested mind! Glad you stopped by…don’t be a stranger!

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  16. Emily says:

    Do it in the MORNING!! If only I could get myself to do this. Summer has been really hard with wanting to sleep in with the kids. I always feel so much better though when I get up and do what I need to in the morning. Sleep is another one that I struggle with. It seems like I can get so much done when the kids are in bed, but I know that I need to go to bed too so that I am fully rested and ready for the next day. Definitely some things for me to work on to use my time throughout the day better. Thanks for sharing!

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