It’s 2019 and staying productive is my main focus. I’d much rather sleep in on most days, but I find that the day goes by a lot faster on those days versus the days I wake up early. Everyone’s lifestyle is different- I’ve worked at jobs with early mornings, mid mornings into the evening, and overnight. I know that I each of those shifts require a different sleep schedule, and some were physically and mentally more demanding than others. But none of that is going to stop me from wanting to create more content.
I’ve learned I didn’t need more sleep, more money, or more time- I had to use my time, money, and energy wisely. I did some research on how to increase my productivity and created a schedule that works for me. I write down everything I want to accomplish, and give it a deadline. If I have a photo shoot scheduled, a family party I want to go to, or even if I made plans to hang out with friends- I want to make sure I work around that so that my mind is at peace.
Stop being lazy. You procrastinating, hitting snooze, and finding excuses is you being lazy. Create a goal you’d like to reach by a certain time, and get focused. Your new goal is going to come with distractions but it’s up to you to stay focused on what really matters.
You can make excuses or you can make a way.
I’ve sharpened this tool in college but every season of my life requires a different strategy. When I was taking care of my niece during the day, I made sure I got up extra early to go to the gym- I feel better working out in the morning, more productive, and I can set my intentions for the day better. If I know I want to hang out with friends later in the evening, I have to make sure I get my editing done so I can be present and enjoy that time. Preparing for my day with what I’m going to wear + eat makes me feel like a superhero because it really cuts time I would’ve wasted otherwise.
For me, it’s usually spending less time on social media, watching TV, & listening to music.
Learn more about successful people. What makes them successful? I’m learning routines play a big role in their day. We already have habits, it’s about creating better ones that’ll change our lives for the better. Whether that’s getting up early, meditating daily, reading for 1 hour a day, exercising, eating green vegetables in every meal. The goal is yours, the habit is yours, the routine is yours- have structure but be flexible when needed.
Books are one of my favorite things to collect because there's always something new to learn. Here's a collection of some of my favorite books I've read, and look forward to reading.
There’s an abundance of information out there. Stop making excuses for why you can’t improve. Make time for the things important to you. There’s free audiobooks on YouTube, you can listen to books via Audible, and can even join Kindle Unlimited for unlimited reading + listening on any device. Join a book club if you want to talk about the books with other people. Never stop learning.