Routines and Productivity Tips for Real People

Over the years, I’d find myself reading blogs in search of expert routines and productivity tips. The photos would always show a perfectly curated space and a well-dressed woman. As a wife, mother, business owner, professional organizer, and minister, I was always looking for the best advice to help myself and my clients.

According to articles written by “successful people,” the way to win in productivity, you must have a perfect morning routine. They would list their day-to-day tips and victories. Yes, that’s where they’d lose me. There was no discussion about who is responsible for breakfast, getting everyone ready in the morning, grocery shopping, cleaning the house, or doing the dishes and laundry. Oh, who’s in charge of dinner? Now, if you show up unannounced – it’s a Westbank New Orleans thing – my house may be in shambles, and I may still be in my pajamas. I don’t have housekeepers; I relied on my sons. I realized that I am not like those “successful people,” and that is fine. I am both a professional organizer and a human being. I’ve developed an imperfect routine that works for me and others like me. Let’s take a look with a notebook in hand.

8 Productity Tips That Works

  1. Get up early. In theory, that sounds pretty good except if you struggle with insomnia, your partner snores, or you have a child that was crying during the night. To me, it is more important to get a little extra rest.
  2. Turn the coffee pot on. While the coffee is brewing, drink a glass of water, unload the dishwasher, or put on a load of laundry.
  3. Check social media while drinking coffee. It is like reading the newspaper and stimulates the brain. It helps me wake up. I see what people have going on, I like, share, or comment on a post. It’s also a form of business marketing. Engaging is the best way to network. If you are like me, you may want to set your timer because sometimes I blink and an hour has gone by.
  4. Daily devotions. Even if it’s just a few minutes, I like to read and journal my thoughts. However, there are seasons in my life when this doesn’t happen
  5. Make the bed, exercise, and get dressed. I think this is a great routine. (See Routine #1)
  6. Check the planner/calendar for the day. Friendly reminder to always leave room for the unexpected.
  7. Performing minor tasks. Before you write something on your to-do list during the day, consider how long it will take you to complete it. It can take longer to write it down on your list than it does to complete the activity.
  8. Reverse timeline. If I’m going to have to leave the house at a certain time for a client or an appointment, I need to make the most of my time. I utilize a reverse timeline to ensure that I am fully dressed, lipstick applied, and my bag prepared for the day.

Remember that we all wear different hats, and don’t forget about the unexpected. I joke that watering the plants on my back patio is not a top priority for me. That task has been delegated to my husband; all I do is buy pretty plants. At the end of the day, instead of lamenting what I didn’t accomplish I celebrate my victories; even if I only checked two items off the list. It’s still a work in progress.

If you need help organizing your calendar and checklists or balancing your time, please contact me; I’d be happy to assist.

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