7 Tips For A Productive Day Off

 

I know what you’re thinking…

You don’t want to have a productive day off because you want to binge watch Netflix and take an unnecessary trip to Target.

Girl, same (preach hands emoji). Unfortunately, we can’t always let a day off go to waste. Now, I’m not saying you should be working hard on your day off because after working 40+ hours during the week, you deserve a day to relax. I’m not disputing that. But, if you have felt overwhelmed by life recently, a productive day off could help you tremendously! How, you ask?

1| A productive means you can work ahead of your schedule, so that there’s less stress for the upcoming weeks.

2| It means more time to enjoy time with your loved ones.

3| You’ll feel good about getting work done that you would have otherwise put off for a later date.


So, here I am. On my day off from work thinking that, yes, there are times where I let my days off completely go to waste. But sometimes I feel guilty at the end of the day because I think, “Wow, I could have done X, Y and Z and not have to worry about it next week/this weekend.”

Instead, I decided to watch YouTube videos and go to Target.

Now, I’ve learned to use my days off to my advantage so that I can enjoy part of the day, but I can also get things done. For me, it’s all about balance. Yes, you should enjoy your day off, but being productive will help you, too!

So here are my tips on how to be productive on your day off:

1| Plan Ahead

The night before your day off, write down a to-do list like you would for your work day. Keep your priorities in check. What are the three largest tasks you need to accomplish for the day? Outline what you want the day to look like, so that you get the most work done in the shortest amount of time.

2| Treat Your Morning Like A Half Day

The biggest mistake we make on our days off is that we don’t get moving until three hours later than we would on a normal day. Keep your alarm set for a reasonable time so that you can get up, get ready to take on the morning. I find that once I’m in my routine, I can get things done before 11 or noon.

3| Organize Your Day In Increments

Plan out your day based on what makes the most sense for you and your lifestyle. On this particular day off, I knew I wanted to work on my blog. I blocked off three hours for this. Then I would take an hour to watch YouTube videos, tidy, read, etc. Then I would block off another two hours for more work if needed followed by another hour of relaxing time. I set timers for this so that I stay true to what I want to accomplish during the day.

4| Treat Yourself To Self Care

Don’t forget about self care. I break up my day so that there are equal components of productive work, and time to relax as well. I think that this helps you focus on each part of the day so you don’t feel overwhelmed with all the tasks you need to accomplish.

5| Run Errands/Appointments After Lunch

If you know you need to go to Target, the bank, grocery shopping, and the doctors all in one day, block off a sufficient amount of time after lunch to accomplish this. Doing this after lunch will force you to have a more productive morning and get through your work because now you have motivation to get done before lunch. When you know you have errands in the afternoon, you’ll be more likely to work effectively early on.

6| Think Rationally

If you’re the type of person who simply has too much to do on their day off, take a step back and think rationally. Ask yourself, “Is there one or two tasks I can do another time?” Being honest and logical will help you determine what is most important for that day, so that you can also enjoy your time off as well. Remember that the goal is to balance productivity and relaxation. 

7| Relax

If you had a productive day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. working on blogging, cleaning, errands and more—good for you! Now, it’s time to take the rest of the day to focus on you. Have a pamper session, read a book, watch reality TV, and enjoy the rest of your day off for yourself. You work so hard every day, and you definitely deserve a little TLC. It’s okay to have a lazy afternoon and evening, especially when you accomplished so much on your day off!

How do you spend your day off? What other tips would you add to this list? Make sure to share your thoughts in the comments below!

 

 

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7 Easy Tips on How to Structure Your Day

BB82916_How to Structure Your Day

If you missed last week’s post, I shared “A Day in my Life” where I talk about what a typical weekday looks like for me. I was happy to say that I received a ton of comments about my organization, and how I structure my day.

“You have a busy day!” “You’re so disciplined!” and “You’re so organized!” were some of the comments that were repeated on this post. So I thought you would enjoy reading how I structure my day and still find time for my passions, time to relax, etc.

First, let me say that no one is perfect. For the most part, I am disciplined with sticking to my routine, staying on top of my to-do list, and being productive. However, there have been days where I come home exhausted and treat myself to cookies, a book and my couch. This is okay! Don’t ever feel like you can’t stray away from your routine because you don’t want to lose your drive. If you truly love what you do, you’ll never lose that ambition.

Now, let’s talk about how you can structure your day without losing sleep, and still find time to relax each day. You can guarantee you’ll add a little bliss to your life when you apply these tips to you daily routine.

1|What are your goals?

What do you want to truly accomplish out of your daily routine? Are you trying to make your blog a business? Are you hoping to change your career? Do you want to have more time for yourself? Once your set aside what your main goals are, it will be much easier to pick and choose how you should spend your time, and how you should structure your day altogether.

2| How Are You Wasting Time?

I encourage everyone to try this at least two or three days out of the week. Find a piece of paper, and write down how you spend your time in one-hour increments throughout the day. You must include everything from showering, cooking, cleaning, spending time on social media, driving to work, watching Netflix, etc. Now, ask yourself what’s really important. Do you need to watch three hours of Game of Thrones every night? How can you better spend your time, so that you’re working toward your goals.

3| Break It Down

Let’s get to the actual planning. Get out a piece of paper (or planner) and structure your day based on what’s most important to achieving your goals or what you’re passionate about. For me, I want time to blog and work on growing my blog without losing focus on my full-time job or time for self care. I break down blogging into separate increments each day. I share blog posts on social media and comment/read other blogs every morning from 7:30 to 8 a.m. This leave time to take photos, write, edit in the evening, which I typically do on Tuesdays and Thursdays or the weekends.

4| Set Timers

I love to set timers. If I blog, I set aside an hour or two so I don’t let it consume my entire evening. For workouts, I have a timer counting down the minutes. I’m not saying you should set a timer for everything, but only for specific tasks you know that you’ll get distracted and lose track of time. Then, you can monitor your time easily, and you’ll still have time for other tasks each day.

5| What Works For Your Lifestyle?

Another huge component you need to take into consideration is your lifestyle. Do you start work at 6 a.m. or at 1 p.m. When you start your day, do you have to workout, or do you get up and go right to work? This will mostly be dependent on your career. If you work part-time for five hours, you have a little more wiggle room for other activities in comparison to someone who works for eight or nine hours a day. Consider your work schedule, time with loved ones, time for yourself, etc. when you’re going to structure your day.

6| Know Your Limits

I personally could not wake up, get ready, blog, go to work until 5, workout for an hour, cook, eat dinner, clean, and blog some more all while doing the other things I love and giving myself time to relax. That’s why I do different tasks on Mondays/Wednesdays in comparison to the tasks I do on Tuesdays/Thursdays. You can check back on “A Day In My Life” to see this. Find out what is too much for you to handle, and plan accordingly.

7| Trial And Error

If you have spent time creating a plan for structuring your day and find out your hate it—do not worry! This is completely fine. It’s okay if you have a trial and error period for structuring your daily routine. It will help you along the way to determine what will be best for your if you need to try something new, or change a section of your routine. Soon, you will find the routine that works best for you, your life and that will help you accomplish your goals!

I hope this help you all learn more about how you can structure your day to maximize your time, and stay on track of your goals you want to accomplish.

How do you structure your day or restructure your day? What do you want to change about your daily routine specifically? Make sure to leave your comments below!

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