Two weeks ago I had my first week off in about three months, and there was no way I was going to let that slip by. Yes, I could of taken my duvet into the living room and finished catching up on Peaky Blinders with a nice cup of tea. But I would have regretted it once I was back in rehearsal, andI was lucky to have a spare 10 minutes to throw together a blog post. In My Goals for (the rest of) 2017 I set myself the challenge of posting two blog posts a week with also increasing the number of times I post on my instagram grid. This may seem easy, but along side full time rehearsals for my up coming show, it’s surprising how little time I have to put pen to paper. If I’m going to make the most of every second I have to be organised, I have put together this list of my tips for how to have a productive week and get that list of things to do ticked off ready to have a relaxing weekend (I wish).
Clear Your Space
I really do believe that a messy space leads to a messy mind and how are you meant to be productive and kick this weeks ass if your head is a mess? Every weekend I do my weekly food shop, do several loads of washing and clean the house. Come Monday morning I want everything to be neat and tidy ready for me to be able to jump straight into work without having to move my dirty jeans off my chair to sit at my desk.
Get (Fully) Ready
If you’re anything like me, when you think ‘day off’ PJ’s and a make up free face spring to mind. Something I have learnt from working at home, is that even though you don’t have to ever leave your bed, it tends to make your day a lot more productive if you do. Even if I know I have a full day working from the comfort of my own house I still head downstairs to get a good breakfast, get showered, do my skincare and get dressed as if were going out. This way I’m not tempted to flop back onto my bed after lunch or snuggle up on the sofa mid afternoon.
Write A List
I have said it before and I’ll say it again… I’m addicted to writing lists! Every Sunday I fill in my diary, and my daily planner for the week ahead. Writing down any appointments, meetings, coffee dates I have coming up. There is no better feeling than going to bed feeling like you have accomplished everything you wanted to that day, this thought is what motivates me and helps me write my list of things to do each morning. I use this daily planner from CGD London to make sure I am getting everything in my head on paper. As well as the fact it’s extremely pretty and pink it’s a really well rounded way to plan your day. I am prone to writing down all the work things I have to do and forgetting to schedule time in for self-care or mandatory things like food shopping. Luckily for me this planner has me covered in all aspects. Each day is broken down into sections; todays plan, meals, shopping list, expenses, daily exercise, water intake and self care. I keep this by my side on my desk eagerly anticipating the satisfaction of ticking things off, its a real lifesaver if like me you love being on top of your work.
Be Proud Of Yourself
Like so many people I am my own biggest critic. The chances are if you are reading this post you are looking for ways to improve your productivity and that in it’s self is something to be proud of. It is important to want to better yourself but it is even more important to be kind to yourself when you do. After you tick off each thing on your list don’t forget to simply acknowledge the fact you are doing so and that you are working hard to achieve your goals.
Whether you have ticked everything off your list or not it is important to set a time to finish and stick to it. It can be hard during busy periods when you feel you need to cram more and more work in to every second but trust me when I say you will be more productive the next day if you allow yourself to truly switch off. For me it varies, on days like today I am blogging all day and so I have said by 6pm I will turn off my laptop and go hang out with my boyfriend and finish watching stranger things. However on days where I have rehearsals or filming I might need to work on my blogging a little later say around 8pm in order to be able to stay on top of things. It doesn’t matter what time you switch off as long as you do, and you give yourself time to recharge away from any form of work.
I hope these tips helped! Don’t forget to check out CGD London planners they really help when it comes to staying on top of things. I love reading and writing post about organisation and productivity so if you have any other requests or suggestions don’t hesitate to pop them in the comments below! I hope you have a productive week whatever you’re doing.