How To Get Focused & Stay Productive
So if you don't know this about me, I am a work from home, online interior stylist. I work exclusively in the online space -- no in person consultations, no in home designs.
I'm also a stay at home mom -- while my husband works full time saving the world (in my head), I'm home with our baby girl full time.
And just in case my life wasn't exciting enough...I'm also an online grad student, working on my Masters in Interior Architecture & Design.
To answer the question you're probably asking yourself -- no, I do not leave my house...ever.
But while this lifestyle may be full of flexibility & autonomy, it is also one that can make one very lazy & very complacent.
This time of year is when everyone is hitting reset for the new year ahead -- making resolutions, setting goals, choosing words to serve as their "North Star", etc -- all in order to really set the tone for the next 12 months. This doesn't necessarily mean drastic changes of any kind, but there is something about a new year that really makes you go, "I need to get my ish together!"
As someone who's made a life out of always being home, I decided to share with you some of my productivity hacks and ways that I stay focused & keep myself accountable day to day.
Are there days I fall short? Absolutely! I enjoy days where I just sit in my robe & catch up on my Apple TV queue, being my best, laziest self. But those days are also few & far between because life can't be all "Netflix & chill". I don't know that I'd even want a life that's all "Netflix & chill".
If you struggle with staying on top of what you need to do, or just want some helpful tips, this post is for you.
Waking Up Early
I am naturally a morning person, so this isn't too much of a stretch for me -- except for the fact that I have a toddler that is also an early bird -- but waking up early to a quiet home & just quiet everything allows me time to really set the tone & intention for the day.
There are a number of things that I do as part of my morning routine that really set me up for a more successful, productive day:
- morning prayer & devotionals
- stretching and/or working out
- a quick load of laundry
- a hearty & [sometimes] healthy breakfast
- listening to a podcast episode or audible book
- enjoying a cup of coffee
- tidying up from the night before
- planning the day.
Showering At Night
Getting one step towards creating a more efficient morning routine (especially when you're waking up before the sun, for me, meant taking something off my plate -- I removed showering.
Night time showers not only afford me an extra 10-20 mins every morning, but it also signals to my body that the day is over. I can wash off the day & really start to quiet my mind for a better night's rest...making 5am mornings way easier!
Using A Paper Planner
I have 2 planners -- one for personal & one for business -- that serve me equally. While I practically live in the digital space, I have much respect for the power of putting pen to paper, especially as a productivity tool.
Using paper planners are great for:
- less screen time
- slowing down to actually plan
- creative (and therapeutic) decorating
- having a well rounded morning/evening routine
I really can't say enough about how much I love using Trello. It is a HUGE, integral part of my day to day, especially for feeling like I'm staying on track, being accountable, and just "adulting" like I'm supposed to.
Trello is for all of my macro planning and just an overall great place more mental purges & brain dumps. I use it to organize all of my plans, ideas, and content, in addition to sharing boards with my husband for managing our homes.
In short, it allows me to close the many tabs of my brain.
The only space can be a very lonely place, so these groups are like having coworkers. I've learned an immeasurable amount from these groups and most importantly, I've gotten so much support & motivation.
These groups have been great for accountability and relationship building in all facets of my life -- school design, and entrepreneurship.