The Perfect Sunday Routine to Have a Productive Week

A Sunday well spent brings a week of content

Write out your goals

Writing down your goals for the next week, whether they’re health goals or work goals, will give you some focus for the week ahead. If you write down everything you want to accomplish the following week you can prioritise more important things and ensure that you get all of your important tasks done in good time.

I’m a huge fan of time blocking so I’ll use my planner, which has the time of day down the side of the page and write in all of my appointments and things that I cannot change (like work from 7am – 4pm or dentist appointments). I’ll then take a look at all of my tasks and goals for the week and what I need to get done as a priority and block this time off specifically for each task.

For example, say my goal for this week was to do 3 runs and 1 yoga session, I’ll take a look at my free time that I haven’t blocked out the time for and plan in my workouts each day. That way I’ve got no excuses that I don’t have time because I’m making the time and not trying to find the time throughout the week playing it by ear day by day.

Planning out your goals like this will motivate you throughout the week to keep on track and you know what they say ‘a plan without a goal is just a wish’ so stop wishing you could get things done and plan plan plan!

If you’re struggling to get all of your tasks completed within your timeframe, click to read more tips and how you can have an exceptionally productive day

Plan meals & meal prep

Writing out a weekly meal plan has been a game changer for me in terms of sticking to my health goals. A little bit like my time blocking each week, I’ll look at what I might have on that week like eating out or when I might be working away from home and I’ll work out how many meals I’ll need to prep for the week.

If you’re not sure where to start with meal planning, I’ve put together a really easy meal planning template that you can download for FREE here.

Once I’ve got all of my meals planned, it’s time for the prep! Another thing which has really helped me stick to eating healthier has been portioning out each meal into containers. When I first started meal prepping I used these super affordable meal prep containers. There are 14 in a pack so I’d plan out all of my lunches and all of my dinners and put little stickers on the front so I knew which day and which meal was in each.

Then I’d go to the fridge and pick out which meal I was having for that day along with any snacks I may have put aside with them too. If you set aside some time each Sunday for prepping your meals you’ll save tons of time during the week to do more fun stuff and there’s less washing up! It’s win-win.

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Self-care

Sunday always used to be a day of rest but these days it’s the day we try to get everything tied up in a neat little bow typically before the working week starts again. If you haven’t already heard of Self Care Sunday I’ve got some easy self-care tips for you. Making time for yourself will make you feel energised and more productive as well as decreasing your stress and anxiety levels. We are all so busy these days trying to fit in a career, relationships, family and keeping on top of our health and well being that we sometimes forget to take some time out for ourselves.

Take some time out of your Sunday to recharge your batteries and help feel motivated and refreshed for the week ahead. Here are some quick and easy things you can do right now to take care of yourself: –

  • run yourself a relaxing bath with some candles
  • read a trashy magazine or book
  • take a walk somewhere pretty
  • spend some time with a pet
  • bake your favourite dessert or cake
  • write a list of some of your favourite things
  • do some crafting or something creative that you enjoy
  • watch your favourite film or Netflix series with a drink or snack that you love
  • put your phone or electronics away for an hour
  • give yourself a manicure or pedicure
  • do a guided meditation podcast or YouTube video
  • listen to some of your favourite tunes and dance around
  • call a friend
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Set out your outfits

Whether you’re heading out for school or work, one thing that will save you oodles of time during the week is planning your outfits for each day. This may feel like a chore at first but once you start doing it, you’ll find it difficult to stop!

I like to hang up entire outfits including jewellery and accessories on one hangar for each day and when I’m getting ready for work on a morning I can just grab the hanger for that day and I don’t have to think about whether it matches or whether I’m happy with a piece of clothing I own on a whim because I’ve put thought into each one.

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Put away laundry

Admittedly, this is my most hated job but gosh do I feel accomplished once it’s done! I always do a wash of my work clothes on a Thursday night (as it’s dress down Friday the next day) and my other loads on Saturday morning. This means that by Sunday night everything will be clean and dry for me to wear the following week.

While this isn’t a necessary step, I have organised my clothes right down to my underwear, within an inch of their lives. I’ve got drawer inserts for all of my socks and tights and I line them up so I can see them all perfectly and can grab exactly what I need without searching through a messy drawer.

This does mean that it adds to my putting away laundry time but I feel so much more organised once it’s done.

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Clean bedsheets

Who doesn’t love getting into a clean bed ready for the week because I certainly do! I make sure that I strip the bed off and have a spare set to put on for the wash so that I’ve got no excuse to change the sheets every week.

Ah just imagine that feeling of getting into a lovely clean bed on a Sunday evening after you’ve accomplished all of your other Sunday routine tasks. Bliss.

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Clean room / house

Starting the working week off with a clean house will encourage you to keep it tidy throughout the week when you have less free time. It will also be much easier to keep on top of the weekly chores if your house or room is already clean and tidy.

To save yourself from having a monster of a job on Sunday, keep on top of the household chores by spending a least 15 minutes every day, even if it’s just having a quick tidy up every night before you go to bed.

Exercise

I know what you’re thinking, Sunday should be a day of rest why would I want to exercise? Even gentle exercise like a walk will make you feel more energised and awake which will help you get all of your other tasks done.

Take some time out of your Sunday to explore somewhere new and spend some time in the great outdoors.

I hope you’ve found these tips useful and that you can plan your own Sunday routines to best suit your lifestyle.

Let me know any of your favourite Sunday routines that I’ve left off of the list in the comments below.

 

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Permanent at Home Laser Hair Removal ~ Braun Silk Expert 5 Review

Have you ever gone to put on your running shorts, skirt or cropped trousers and thought ‘oh no, I haven’t shaved my legs’ and frantically grab your razor from the bathroom and shave any areas that will be on show? If you have, welcome to my world. I know I’m not alone in feeling like hair removal is a time-consuming pain in the rear.

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I’ve been looking for some time now into the wonderful world of permanent laser hair removal options and after extensive research, I can confidently say that I cannot afford to have this treatment done in a salon! Prices were upwards of £700 for minimal treatments and, while I’m sure they might be more effective, that is just not within my budget.

That’s when I stumbled upon at-home laser hair removal solutions. While the majority of these units are fairly pricey, they are much cheaper than the salon counterpart treatments and you can do as many or as little areas as takes your fancy at your own convenience! I then made it my mission to find out whether at home laser hair removal really worked.

I did a ton of research online and read lots of reviews and decided upon the Braun Silk Expert 5. The one that I purchased also came with a sonic body exfoliator (which I haven’t yet used as I read somewhere that you aren’t supposed to exfoliate while using laser hair removal treatments – I don’t know if this is actually true but I wasn’t going to take the chance). I purchased mine from Amazon for £260.00. Click link here for the model I opted for.

Product Description
This device promises permanent visible hair reduction in just 4 weeks (based upon hair/skin types).

It adapts to your skin tone for a safe and effective treatment.

A lower leg can be treated in only 8 minutes

It works beneath the skin surface by targeting the melanin in the hair follicle helping to break the cycle of hair regrowth.

Sounds great right! I was excited to start trying it out right away and decided that my weekly day for lasering would be Sunday. First off, I downloaded the Braun Silk-expert app where you can plan and track your treatments along with a how-to guide. This will set weekly reminders for you for specific areas of the body so you won’t ever miss a day of lasering or need to keep track of which areas you need to treat. Brilliant!

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So, how did I start? I decided that before every laser session I was going to use a brand new razor every time to make sure I was getting a nice smooth canvas to work with. They recommend shaving rather than any other hair removal method such as waxing or epilating.

The first time I used the IPL I’m not ashamed to admit, I was hecking nervous! I knew that it wasn’t completely pain-free but I wasn’t sure how much it was going to hurt either! I decided from the get-go that I was going to keep the device on the highest setting (there are 3 settings for the strength of the laser) because if it was way too painful on the highest one, I thought I’d never get up to the highest setting (that’s my kinda logic) and felt that the treatments would take longer to see results.

With a shaky and sweaty hand, I decided to start on the lower half of one of my legs. Actually flashing the device for the first time was scary to me but it actually didn’t hurt much at all. It feels a little bit like someone has placed a tea light on your skin for a couple of seconds and then the pain goes away. Once I’d done the whole lower leg I did feel that the skin was a little tender for a short while after I’d finished but it was nowhere near as painful in comparison to a wax. One downside I found was that the device kept coming unplugged from the charging cable and I had to keep plugging it back in, although, the cable is more than long enough to manoeuvre around where you may need it to.

On the first try, I couldn’t quite bring myself to use the ‘glide mode’ which is a much faster way of getting through the treatment. If you hold the button down, it will continuously flash in short intervals until you take your finger off. The device can tend to feel a little warm when you’re moving onto the next area of skin, almost as if it’s still a bit hot from the last flash, which is why I was so reluctant.

It was a little tricky to make sure I’d lasered all down the leg area, as the device needs to lay perfectly flat against your skin and down the front of your leg is a pesky leg bone which can be difficult to manoeuvre around. I found if I tried to ‘flatten’ my leg against the floor, it made getting a flatter surface much easier. I also must have had a little bit of hair remaining following the shave because when I lasered one section, it stung a bit more and I could smell burning hair… so don’t do that!

Even though it’s safe to use without any eye protection, I did look away each time the device flashed as the light is very bright. This is especially the case for your underarms and face area as it’s much much closer to your eye area.

I’ve detailed in the following paragraphs a weekly update on the treatments just for a point of reference on the kind of results I was seeing each week, but if you want the spoilers, skip ahead to the ‘results’ section further below. So, does at home laser hair removal work? Let’s find out!

Laser Hair Removal Journal
Week 1 ~ The first week, I lasered my lower legs, bikini line and underarms. Immediately after lasering and well into the next day, my legs felt much smoother than as if I’d only shaved or waxed, it was looking promising.

Week 2 ~ the hair on my legs seems to have grown back quicker than last week, the hair was stubbly the next day. Shaving my face…. did not feel natural or good to me.

Week 3 ~ seems that the bikini area is growing back a little patchier than before. The first time using the ‘fast track’! I was brave and quite honestly, just wanted to get it done! I felt a little more sensitive today than the past few treatments. My skin does feel super smooth after treating the area, more so than just shaving. I keep thinking certain areas aren’t growing back as much but it always seems to not be the case 🙁 Most treated areas are definitely growing back more patchy now

Week 4 ~ sped through today’s session, I’d say I have my entire body (with the exception of my arms) down in around 15 minutes. Skin still feeling seal-like after treatments. It’s Monday night after my 4th session and I can’t believe how smooth my legs still are! It feels like I’ve just shaved them. It doesn’t seem to be having any effect on my underarms, which is the only area I haven’t noticed less regrowth.

Week 5 ~ feel like I fly through the sessions now and I’ve got to admit, I get pretty bored of having to do it. I feel that my legs and bikini area are smooth for an extra day but not any other places. I also get boiling hot while I’m lasering, could be the hassle of it all or just the sheer effort and determination to get it done quickly! I’ve got 7 more weeks left and I’m starting to think this might not work for me as you should see results in 4 weeks.

Week 6 ~ had to postpone my lasering day because I was in London. Before shaving, I had a good inspection of my hair regrowth. I have noticeably less regrowth on the bikini area and my legs. I’m halfway through now and I have never been able to get as smooth after shaving as I have with the laser treatments, I feel even more seal-like, I may even join them in the ocean. I finally feel like it’s really working for me.

Week 7 ~ I haven’t shaved my legs all week and, while there’s a little regrowth, they still feel pretty smooth. I still don’t see any change on my underarms – they are notoriously stubborn areas apparently.

Week 8 ~ still haven’t noticed any change in my underarms. I feel that my legs are the most noticeably different. I’m now not shaving them in between weekly laser sessions.

Week 9 ~ I’m thinking this won’t actually work after the 12 weeks of sessions. I’ve only got 3 left now and the hair is still growing back everywhere with the exception of my bikini area. While the hair is growing back slower (except my underarms) it’s still growing back after a week. I felt really sensitive today and it hurt more than normal.

Week 12 ~ last day of treatments! I haven’t noticed any difference in my underarms at all 🙁 My legs are mostly smooth after a week but I have some patches of hair growth – perhaps I have missed some areas on some weeks? I’m going to have to keep going until the regrowth is even less.

THE RESULTS!
So here’s my overall opinion on the laser hair removal device: –

  1. It isn’t painful at all unless you’re feeling a little sensitive some days, even on the highest setting
  2. I haven’t got the ideal type of hair for this kind of treatment. The ‘ideal’ person has fair skin and dark hair. I am very pale skinned but my hair is also pretty fair, but I was noticing results and some areas were definitely growing back less
  3. For the above reason number 2, I will have to continue to do the treatments until the regrowth slows down even more. The instructions do advise that some areas and hair types may need up to 24 months of treatments before regrowth becomes ‘permanent’.
  4. Even though I was getting regrowth, the areas I was treating felt exceptionally smooth, even more so than shaving, waxing or any other hair removal method I’ve tried.
  5. The full body treatment doesn’t take long, I could do face (puff out your lips to get a good ‘flash’ on this area if you’re having difficulty), bikini area, and legs in around 15 minutes. What I found slightly irritating was the fact I had to shave all of these areas beforehand, which was adding to my overall ‘treatment’ time.
  6. The Braun device is very easy to use, it fits nicely in your hands and it’s comfortable to manoeuvre. You have one big button to press and you can change the intensity.
  7. The cord is lovely and long! I just hate it when devices like hairdryers have short cords and you’re restricted. Ideally it would be wireless, however, you never had to worry about charging the device so I didn’t mind the cord.

3 Months After Treatments
Honestly, the laser treatments 3 months after my last session haven’t made any difference to my hair regrowth at all. Every area that I was seeing less regrowth or patchy areas are now growing back as if I hadn’t treated them.

Obviously, I’m quite disappointed in this because I was starting to see noticeable changes in some areas but I have to admit that I should have continued with the sessions after the 16 weeks as advised.

I’m going to continue with the treatments again in January and stick with them until there is a consistent improvement because it does work and that I can attest to and I’ll write an update here so watch this space!

Would I recommend the Braun Silk Expert 5? Yes, I would! There wasn’t anything I’d change about the device itself and I’m sure that if I keep going with the treatments it will work long term.

Is it work the price tag? To me, absolutely yes. It isn’t the most expensive laser treatment device on the market but it also isn’t the cheapest either (bearing in mind mine came with an exfoliator too).

If you’ve got any other questions about my experience with the Braun Silk Expert 5, please feel free to leave a comment below or if you’ve been using it too with different results to mine, let me know how you’ve been getting on.

Disclaimer: I would recommend that you fully read any instructions that come with this, or any other at home laser treatment before you use them and do your own research. Please don’t take my experiences or statements as absolute gospel, this was my experience which may be very different to yours and each device will have different operating and safety instructions which you should follow above all else.

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The Secret of Sticking to Your New Year’s Resolutions

I’m going to assume that you’ve stumbled upon this article because, like me, you make New Year’s Resolutions every year but can never stick to them? The struggle is actually real. You know the drill, you spend the last few weeks in December being totally carefree and saying ‘I’ll worry about that in the New Year’ and then frantically planning how exactly you’re going to a) sort your finances out b) get in shape c) generally get your life together in the last few hours of said year with a fleeting thought because you just know you won’t stick to them anyway.

What if I told you that you can set goals and you can see them through for a whole year? I know right, pigs are flying and hell has frozen over. I’m going to give you some tips and tricks on exactly how you can make manageable, realistic New Year’s Resolutions and how you can stick to them.

Now we’ve kissed at midnight, it’s time to write our New Year’s Resolutions!

How to Make Realistic New Year’s Resolutions

Now, I do love sayings like ‘Dream Big’ and ‘The Sky’s the Limit’ as we should all aim to strive for things we want which are out of our comfort zones. Imagine if Wilbur and Orville Wright decided that building the first aeroplane was ‘impossible’. Doesn’t bear thinking about.

That’s not what this post is about though, what we are going to do is look at goals that are realistic for you to achieve so you feel like they’re manageable, attainable and easy to stick to.

As an example, let’s look at how you can save money for a deposit for a house. Let’s imagine, in crazy cheap world where the pigs are flying, that you’ll need £5,000 for a deposit. Let’s also now imagine that you’re earning £20,000.00 per year. It would be unrealistic for you to aim to save that much money within one year if you have other bills and financial responsibilities… obviously. But let’s look at some ways that you can really save more money and get you closer to that goal.

If you’re looking for ways to save money and get fit on a budget, check out the link here for tons of tips and tricks!

Firstly, look at your current salary. Can you ask your boss for a salary increase or pick up extra hours at work? Do you have enough free time to take on another job to earn some extra cash? Don’t underestimate the power of the side hustle and jobs you can do at home that can earn you extra money like telesales, leaflet dropping and surveys or have you got items you can sell on eBay. Once you’ve looked at all of the ways you can make some extra cash, budget your outgoings and come up with a figure that is enough to make a significant contribution to your savings pot and set up a direct debit to a completely separate account that you can’t access easily. Any additional money you can make can also be added to the pot.

So, your goal is ‘Save £5k’ let’s break this down month by month with some ideas on how you can help your budget along.

January – ask big cheese for a pay rise, work overtime or get a part-time job + budget outgoings and set up a direct debit.

February – do I have anything I can sell on eBay or upcycle?

March – save all of my birthday money, don’t spend it!

April – think of ways I can earn money from home such as online tutoring, translating, telemarketing, copy typing.

May – cut out all fast food and Starbucks and save money I would have spent.

June – set up ’round up’ on my bank account so anything I pay for with debit card gets rounded up to the nearest pound and goes straight into my savings.

July – look at outgoings and reduce bills and outgoings where possible.

August – instead of going out with friends, have nights in watching movies or sports and get everyone to bring something.

September – car insurance renewal due, look around for the cheapest deal and don’t stick with the same company because it’s easier.

October – look at ‘once a month cooking’ to reduce food bill costs by meal prepping.

November – hold a car boot sale with friends or family and sell any unwanted goods that you couldn’t sell on eBay or through Facebook.

December – if you have a large family or friend group, go into a Secret Santa so you only have to buy one present

Try and give yourself one big ‘task’ to fulfil each month that will get you a little closer to your goal so that you’re staying on track but so that you’re not trying to do everything at once, which is overwhelming.

Saving money can often feel like a spoon stuck in the middle of a potato, balancing money on top of a calculator…

How to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions

I’m hoping that from the above example you can see how much easier it is to stick to your resolution when you break it down month by month. But what happens if you fall off the wagon?

There are many reasons why people aren’t able to stick to their goals on a long-term basis from personal circumstances to lack of motivation but here’s what to do if you fall off the wagon. Let’s use the saving for a deposit as an example again:

1) Print off pictures of your dream home and stick them somewhere you can see them frequently i.e. the fridge, your desk at work, your front door, as a constant reminder why you’re trying to save your money.

2) Remember that it’s ok if one month doesn’t go to plan. Readjust your budget, look at where you went wrong and start the next month off with great intentions.

3) Make a ‘money chart’ so you can tick off when you hit your next savings checkpoint so you can physically see how you’re progressing, which is a great motivator.

4) If you’re trying to save money, don’t reward yourself with a financial incentive as this will defeat the whole object. Instead, focus on something else you find rewarding that isn’t going to take away from your goal.

5) Don’t be so hard on yourself. If you feel like you’ve truly set an unrealistic goal for yourself, change it don’t quit it!

If your goals are more fitness orientated, check out the link here for some useful tips on how to get back on track.

So there you have it. In short, break down any goal you have into manageable chunks month by month so you have mini-goals to look forward to each month. That way, it’s much less daunting and should keep you motivated long-term.

I hope you’ve found these tips and tricks useful in sticking to your New Year’s Resolutions. Let me know in the comment section your tips for sticking to your resolutions and how you get back on the wagon if you lose your motivation.

20 Motivational Quotes

Here are some of my all time favourite motivational quotes. I hope you find that they uplift you and inspire your day to be a great one! I’d love to hear yours in the comments too 🙂

  1. You are exactly as happy as you decide to be.
  2. Life is better when you’re laughing.
  3. Choose happy.
  4. Needing nothing attracts everything.
  5. Every day may not be good but there’s good in every day.
  6. Decide every morning that you are in a good mood.
  7. Expect nothing, appreciate everything.
  8. When life throws you a rainy day, play in the puddles.
  9. Create your own sunshine.
  10. Happy mind. Happy life.
  11. The most important relationship you’ll ever have is with yourself.
  12. Your dream IS achievable.
  13. Make today count. You’ll never get it back again.
  14. Your best teacher is your last mistake.
  15. It’s not always easy but it’s always worth it.
  16. If you aim at nothing, you will hit every time.
  17. Your only limit is you.
  18. I’m too busy working on my grass to notice if yours is greener.
  19. The less you care, the happier you’ll be.
  20. Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.

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Top Tips on How to Have an Exceptionally Productive Day

How to have a productive day! Whether you work from home and need to keep to your strict deadlines, a busy parent who has a million and one jobs to get done or you’re just looking to put aside one day of your weekend to get everything done that you just don’t have time for during the week, these top tips will help you to have an exceptionally productive day from start to finish.

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Have a Productive Day Tip 1: Night Before Prep

Plan for your ideal day
Failing to plan is planning to fail and this could not be truer when you have a lot of tasks that you need to power through.

Write a comprehensive list of everything that you’d like to get done and put them into priority order starting with the most important at the top.

From this list, pick out your top 3 tasks that absolutely must get done the next day.

Plan or prep your meals for tomorrow
Planning or preparing any of your meals for the next day will help you to stay on track with your tasks.

If you’ve already prepped your meals, there’s no thinking involved, no time wasted cooking, you can just grab it and go and move onto the next thing.

If you don’t have time to prep, at least have a plan of what you are going to eat to cut down on valuable productive time from perusing the cupboards and fridge wondering what you’re going to eat.

Time block
Once you have your top 3 list of must do items, estimate how long each of these tasks is going to take you erring on the side of caution, then use the time block method to plan these into your day.

I have a diary which has the hours of 7am to 9pm down the side of the page and I’ll use a highlighter to block out chunks of time.

For example, if I know that I need to run an errand outside of the home, I’ll time block from the time it’s going to take me to get to the destination to do the task and the return journey time.

The last thing you want to be doing is ‘borrowing’ time from one task to ‘pay’ the next one.

This day is about being the most productive you can be but you don’t want to suffer from total burnout while trying to achieve this and it’s likely you won’t be able to stick to a full day.

Plan to succeed
Plan your most intensive tasks at the time of the day you’re most productive.

If you’re not a morning person, don’t schedule your most dreaded, focused task first thing in the morning.

Think about the time of day that you are the most productive and plan your tasks around this.

I’m definitely more productive around 10am so I know that I can really get stuck into a task around this time of day.

Be realistic
While you may have many jobs that require your attention, be realistic about how much you can physically get done in a day.

I love the saying ‘Most people overestimate what they can do in a day, and underestimate what they can do in a lifetime’.

You want to set yourself up to succeed so don’t give yourself an impossible task as this will become too daunting and you’re more likely to be less productive as a result when you realise you can’t get everything done that you’d planned.

Set out your clothes for tomorrow
Nothing feels more productive to set you up for the next day than setting out your clothes before you go to bed.

I usually plan out my entire wardrobe the night before from underwear to jewellery and set everything out so that I can put it on straight away when I wake up.

If you’re that way inclined, you can set out your entire week’s wardrobe by hanging each outfit on a hangar so all you need to do is grab what you’re wearing each day (any jewellery and accessories can be put into little tote bags and attached to the hangar too).

Have an early night
It’s the old cliche and we always think we can skip this step but you must go to bed early.

If you’re waking up tired from a late night the night before, you’re not going to be at your most productive no matter how much coffee you consume, so put your electronics away a full hour before bed and get a full night’s sleep.

Let’s get going with our productive day!

Get up early
You need to make the most of an entire day to be the most productive so make sure you get up early and don’t hang around scrolling through your phone until midday.

If you’re not much of a morning person, set an alarm and put it across the room from you so you have to get out of bed.

Once you’re up, put on your clothes that you lay out from the night before and get started, you’ve got no time for procrastination today I’m afraid.

Learn to say no
This isn’t just for others that may be around you but also for yourself.

If you’re adding to your to do list that you’d planned out yesterday tell yourself that ‘no, I can do that another time’ unless it’s absolutely essential that you must get it done today.

The washing up and housework will still be there tomorrow unless you’re lucky enough to live with someone that can help you with these tasks.

Limit your distractions
If you are undertaking a task that needs 100% of your attention, make sure you’re giving it the attention it needs.

Turn off any radio, TVs and other distractions that might take your focus away from the task at hand.

You’ll only leave yourself disappointed when you realise you’ve wasted 10 minutes of your allotted time watching Lol Cats on YouTube instead of whatever it was that you felt needed to get done.

The internet isn’t getting shut off any time soon so don’t feel like you are missing out!

Focus on one task at a time
I am terrible at doing this myself and I have to snap myself out of it when I realise that I’m doing it.

I’ll be writing a blog post, for example, and then all of a sudden I’ll think ‘oh I’ll just plan some meals for next week’ and before you know it I’ve got two incomplete tasks on my hands.

If you really can’t stop your mind from straying, have a notepad with you and jot down anything that springs to mind and then get back to the job you’d set out to do.

Set a timer
This is one of my favourite productive tips when I’m trying to get a lot done in a day.

If I don’t have a full block of time for cleaning, for example, I’ll set my timer for 15 minutes and try and get as many cleaning and tidying tasks done as I can in that period of time and not a minute longer.

You’ll be surprised what you can get done in a relatively short period of time and it won’t have a knock on effect on your other projects for the day.

Never have empty hands
If you’re around the house and one of your tasks is to tidy up but it’s not a top 3 priority for you, make sure that any time you leave one area to go to the next, you don’t go empty handed.

For example, if you’re needing to go to the bathroom, have a quick scan in the room you’re in to see if there’s any washing that needs to be taken up or something else that belongs upstairs.

Equally, if you’re upstairs and there’s a glass that needs to be washed up, take it down with you.

Accept that you can’t be productive every waking moment
While it’s very inspiring for you to believe that you can be productive from the moment you get up until the moment you fall into bed, this simply isn’t realistic.

Make sure that you’re planning in some downtime to your day and that you’re having regular breaks, that way you’ll keep your energy and motivation high throughout the entire day.

Listen to uplifting music
If one of your tasks requires you to be up and about, such as cleaning or organising, listen to music that really gets you moving.

Make sure you’ve got a playlist full of upbeat tracks that make you want to get up and scrub that bathroom or organise all of your paperwork, it will also make the task a lot more enjoyable.

Check out Spotify and search for ‘cleaning’ and you’ll find a ton of playlists designed for this very occasion.

Limit your personal devices
It’s all too easy during your down time to pick up your phone and have a quick scroll through your social media sites.

Try and limit this time as much as possible as it’s easy for time to slip away from you without even realising it.

It’s also an unwelcome distraction and you might find that your mind will wander more when you’re trying to get focused again.

Check your list as you go
It’s very satisfying to see a list of tasks that you can check off as you go, as you can actually see what you’ve accomplished so far and it will very often motivate you to keep going until you see a fully ticked off list.

Don’t get discouraged if you don’t manage to check every item off of your list, as long as you’ve got your top jobs done, anything else is a bonus and you shouldn’t beat yourself up if you don’t manage them all.

Reward yourself for a job well done
Following on from the above tip, make sure that you reward yourself for accomplishing your top 3 most important tasks those, after all, were the real deal breakers.

Whether it’s a relaxing evening or a drink out with friends, feel proud of yourself for being the productive person that you were today.

I hope you’ve found these tips helpful in creating a perfectly productive day. Let me know in the comments your tips for having a productive day.

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