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How to Increase Your Productivity

The Covid-19 pandemic started when I was coming out of my depression. I knew I couldn’t let this beat me. Productivity in this time was vital to me.

I had lost my job and it knew that I had stay busy for my own sanity. It can be easy to become lazy when you have “nothing do to”. I however still had two very messy children and a dog to take care of. There was zero time, in all honesty, to just sit around and just let the Quarantine pass me by.

Checklist and planners are my favorite thing to increase productivity. But while I love planners – I just didn’t have enough to do on a daily basis. I had a few things throughout the week but just nothing worthy of “planning out.”

So I went to my computer and created a checklist routine to print out and keep me active in productive. I love checklist because it makes me happy to check off a little box that verifies that I did something.

I have made for you a morning, day and nighttime routine. You can get your templates by filling out the form at the end of this post.

My Morning Productivity Routine

Every ones daily routine is different, I understand that. I am the type of person that needs to be reminded to do simple tasks. I get distracted by my kids and pets that I had to include them on my productivity list.

Every morning when I wake up I get a head start by drinking a glass of water. Studies have shown that drinking water on an empty stomach boosts your metabolism. This can be particularly beneficial if you’re trying to lose weight.

productivity in the morning

 

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Something else I included in the productivity list is a reminder to take the necessary medications. For example, I have hypothyroidism and the pill I have to take has to be taken on an empty stomach. I’m a forgetful person so putting this on my routine list was a must.

Another tasks I added was to make your bed. I hate walking into my room to see my room a mess. Every night it makes me feel better that I am climbing into a neat bed.

I also included some morning writing into my routine. If you have vivid dreams and nightmares, it helps to write it out. Think of it as a physical release to any negative feelings. It can also help you to see your growth over the year and it only takes 10-15 minutes.

Increase Productivity in Your Daily Routine

Water is vital. It keeps your skin healthy, rids your body of toxins boosts energy and guess what? Increases productivity! I want to make sure that you’re drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day! However, some scientist say that we should drink half of your body weight in ounces.

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If you have any kids, or pets I made sure to include them in my routine. I know that our lives are hectic, now more than ever, but spending 30 minutes a day shouldn’t be too hard. But, if you don’t have any children or pets, take some time for self care. Take 30 minutes to take care of YOU. Everyday. For the rest of us, that do have children and pets, I took care of you in my Nighttime Routine.

Like I said before, when the pandemic started, it was easy to feel like I “had nothing to do.” But, you would be surprised how fast your home can becomes a mess, especially your kitchen. I know I am not the only one that ate like a pig out of boredom. So, I included a Clean Kitchen and a Clean 1 Room for my day routine. Plus, messy places cause anxiety – as if we need any more of that in our lives.

Also, to counter any weight gain, I included a walk.

Don’t you worry, I tried to cover all the basis.

Ahhhhh… It’s almost time for bed!

In the beginning of this whole mess, I was staying up close to 2 am. My kids and I dropped our night routine because we didn’t have school or work. But sadly, it had a huge impact on my productivity during the day. I was groggy, grumpy and had no motivation to do things the next day.

To start off my nighttime routine, I tire myself out, if I haven’t already. I do a 10-20 minute declutter with my kids.

For my kids, I make sure that they each take a bath, and during this I set out anything I may need in the morning. Charge my computer and phone, set out clothes, and fill my pill box.

Once my kiddos were done, we head to their room for a bed time story. If you can’t tell already, I value family time with them. I read them 2 stories every night. I know this may be hard for some people if you don’t have books, but for the longest time I made up stories – which is free.

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When I know they are out for the night, its time for me! ugh, finally.

I love a nice hot shower to finish the day, followed by lotion and washing my face.

To finish off the night, I read a book to unplug. If you don’t read that is fine too. You could use this time to write, paint or draw. Whatever you want really. I just sleep better if I don’t watch tv before bed, but I’m still guilty of using my phone sometimes.

Anyways that’s my routine and it helps me stay moving and healthy during this time of uncertainty.

Get Your Routines Printable!

You can get your routine Printable by filling the form down below. I put mine in sheet protectors and use them daily with a dry-erase marker.

12 thoughts on “How to Increase Your Productivity”

    1. it is incredibly hard for me to wake up early but I hate the feeling of a wasted day! I use an app called alarmy and it makes me do like 20 math questions to turn it off lol

  1. Great post. I have recently started working on routines for myself and coming up with a plan lol. The pandemic has messed up my old schedule. I no longer work and just started blogging and haven’t quite figured out a routine yet. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Of course! Thats why I prefer checklist because as long I get the basics done I’ll feel fine. I try to do blog stuff in 30 minute increments otherwise I get sucked in!

  2. it is incredibly hard for me to wake up early but I hate the feeling of a wasted day! I use an app called alarmy and it makes me do like 20 math questions to turn it off lol

  3. Of course! Thats why I prefer checklist because as long I get the basics done I’ll feel fine. I try to do blog stuff in 30 minute increments otherwise I get sucked in!

    1. Yes! I always recommend making your bed and drinking water! It’s a great motivator to just start with something small. It’ll make you feel good that you did SOMETHING!

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