My alarm went off at 7 am. I don’t work until 11 am on Mondays, but I wasn’t going to use that as an excuse to sleep it – not when I could be doing something productive. It was time to get up, get moving, and make the most out of my Monday.
I tried something “new” on Sunday night. After having a day where I was trapped inside of my own head and battling my emotions, I wanted to find a way to release every stressor that I had, and I was adamant about making my Monday better than Sunday.
Normally when I get up in the morning, the first thing that I do is map out my day. I write down things that I need to do, goals that I want to accomplish, and just the overall progress that I feel I am making in life.
This is all fine and dandy, but I’m not really a morning person. Sure, my thoughts flow clearer in the morning than they do any other time of the day, but my memory takes a severe swan dive. So to compensate for my morning forgetfulness and to help clear my head, I decided that I was going to map out my Monday on Sunday evening.
Mapping Out My Day
The first thing that I did – probably the most painful leg workout that I have ever put myself through. Yeah, it sucked at the time, and the soreness is still lingering, but it was nice to get it cranked out first thing in the morning and not have to worry about it.
The first thing on my to-do list… check.
After I got home and showered, it was time for my daily ritual. I headed to my favorite coffee shop, read a little, journaled, uploaded the post for my daily blog, and spent some time designing a new blog that I am starting.
The second series to tasks on my to-do list… check.
And it didn’t stop there.
One of the nice things about working the late shift is that my managers leave at 4 pm. I’m there until 7 pm, so that means three hours of work, but in an environment that is just a little bit more relaxed.
I take advantage of these three hours and bust out my to-do list. Book my travel, follow up on my daily goals, create the outline for an eBook that I am writing… check, check, and checkmate!
Just like that, I got everything done. Honestly, it was probably the most productive day of my life.
Okay, in looking at my to-do list from yesterday, it’s no wonder that I forget a lot of things. I have a lot of expectations for myself and my thoughts are all over the place…
What Made This The Most Productive Day Ever?
There are two things that really helped me to make yesterday incredibly productive.
The first thing was planning my day the night before. When I try to do things on the day of, I tend to stress myself out and forget. But when I write things down as they come to me, there is absolutely zero chance that I will forget about them later.
The second thing was creating a checklist for myself. Next to each task was a little checkbox, and as soon as I completed a task – check, and it was on to the next task.
It basically became a game for me. I wanted to see how quickly I could complete all of the tasks on that list. Once one was done, it was just boom, boom, boom, and on to the next one. It was more enjoyable to make a game out of it, and I was more motivated to actually complete all of the tasks that I had for myself.
Give It A Try
I can’t say that these tips will or won’t work for you because we are all different and we all have different mindsets. But why not give them a try? You simply have nothing to lose, but a lot that you can potentially gain.
Try mapping out your day the night before, create a checklist for yourself, make a game out of it to help keep you motivated, and just have some fun. If you aren’t having fun with what you are doing, then there’s no point in doing it.
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