Operation Get Sh*t Done

Ever since I started my new job, I’ve been really conscious about time. And I don’t just mean making sure I’m on time for work. Along with my commute time, I’m out of the house a total of 11 hours each week day. Put in perspective, that’s really nothing to complain about and I’m not complaining, but I’m also a big believer in the work/life balance. I want to make sure I’m not wasting precious time scrolling endless through Instagram and Facebook.

Some of my goals for the year have fallen by the wayside recently, the natural result of recent big life events. But since these goals are centred around the hobbies that make me happy (namely writing, reading, and running) and as I’m taking on new projects unrelated to work, I’m finding my ‘lack’ of time somewhat stressful. So, slowly but surely I’m making little changes to my daily routine in an attempt to create more time and be more productive. Here’s how.

Some tried and tested methods that I love:

Meal prepping – I entered 2017 completely on top of my meal plans and as a result, I saved so much money. But this too fell by the wayside a little. I love keeping my Sunday agenda super chilled and empty if I can, so I think this would be the perfect time to bulk cook something super easy like a chilli so I can eat it later on in the week.

Schedule a time for everything – I spend a 10-15 minutes each Sunday evening writing a to do list for the week ahead. The list contains anything and everything, from going grocery shopping and cleaning the house, to return Topshop items to store and get a haircut. Once the list is written, I then allocate each item to a certain day and time that I know I’ll feasibly be able to do them.

Make the most of lunch time – My old office was on a town high street so lunch time was the perfect time to take things back to the Post Office or to go to the bank. I don’t have this kind of luxury now, but I’m going to try and take a 30 minute walk a couple of times a week, and use the other lunch times to get ahead on my writing projects.

And some new ones that I’m implementing:

Wake up earlier – Now I have to wake up earlier, I’ve naturally been waking up earlier than I used to on the weekends too. Getting out of bed and dressed within 20 minutes of waking up has been a bit of a game changer. I find these quiet morning moments perfect for getting quick tasks done. Long may this continue.

Avoid writers’ block – After spending two hours writing a single post (thanks to writers’ block) on Saturday, I’ve learnt my lesson: don’t write when the words don’t flow.

Make the most of my commute– This is a completely new one to me. Being productive on my commute is quite limited given that I drive to work each day, but I think this might be the perfect opportunity to plan out my day, and to think of new writing fodder either for this blog, the book, or other projects I’ve got going on.

Write shorter blog posts – Even though I love blogging, it’s about time I switch focus to writing the book so I’m going to attempt shorter posts to save time.

What are your tips for making time, and achieving more in your week? I loved to know!

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