5 Productivity Tips that Will Change Your Life
Work/life balance is all about being present at home and at work. Multi-tasking is an ugly lie we tell ourselves that we can do, but research shows that multi-tasking actually makes us less productive! Say what?! As moms we are constantly multi-tasking between kids, the house, work, and more I bet you feel overwhelmed and unproductive many times.
These 5 productivity tips will help you get organized and manage your time at home and work.
1 The Zone cleaning method
Cleaning your home can quickly become overwhelming especially when you have little kids around (or even teenagers, will they ever remember to put their shoes away?!)
The Zone cleaning method is this super smart way of giving everybody a Zone to clean and a certain time to be finished by. For example, if you have 3 kids then the Zones would be divided into Kitchen Area/Living Room Area/ Mud Room. The kids are in charge of cleaning the Zone (area) instead of cleaning up their personal stuff.
Kids have to put all the things away that are out in their Zone. So if a brother’s shoes are laying in the floor then the kid in charge of the Zone puts them away instead of taking them to the brother. I think the Zone cleaning method encourages teamwork!
The Zone method has helped out the chaos in our home. When I say it’s time to clean our zones the kids know exactly what to do! They start picking up all the toys, clothes, shoes, etc. that is in their designated area with no fighting over who go the toys out or who played with the toy last.
2 Pomodoro Technique
The Pomodoro Technique is a way to monitor your time and be able to get more work done in short increments of time. Essentially you work in 20 minute intervals with 5 – 10 minute breaks in between.
If you are trying to work from home this technique can be useful. You would set the timer for 20 minutes while you work. Then you would take a 5 – 10 minute break. Then set the timer for 20 minutes of “play time” with the kids. The purpose of the Pomodoro Technique is to focus your time and energy. Instead of trying to multi-task like playing with the kids while you work, you can set aside time to be highly productive.
Pro-Tip: In order to make your time productive, you should have a plan for what to do during your work time. This will allow you to have a full 20 minutes of work time instead of spending your time deciding what to work on.
3 Pareto’s Principle: 80/20 Rule
Pareto’s principle means that 20 percent of tasks are responsible for 80 percent of the outcomes. This principle was originally formulated in reference to economics, but has since been applied to almost every situation.
Using the 80/20 Rule will help you prioritize your “to do” list. You can analyze your “to do” list and choose tasks that will give you the biggest return for your efforts. By focusing on larger tasks, you will ultimately be getting more accomplished rather than crossing off several smaller tasks.
Incorporating a planner/calendar into your life will help you become more organized instantly. When you know what things you need to do each day, week, and month you will waste less time. This allows you better work flow and more intentional time with your family.
Pro Tip: Use a planner/calendar to not only schedule appointments and keep track of family events, but also use your planner to set goals. Goal setting is key to intentional use of your time. You can set both professional and personal goals each month to help you move towards the life you want to live.
Exercise has been proven to clear your mind and energize you. You will become more effective and productive in your work with just a simple walking exercise.
Finding time to exercise stimulates your body and mind helping you to stay focused during your work time. Making exercise a part of your routine will help you to be more productive. Take it slow, try walking for 10 minutes and work your way up to a 30 minute workout.
Pro Tip: Find a friend to exercise with, you will be less likely to skip workouts if you have to meet up with someone.
Implementing these 5 tips together will help you save time and energy. You will feel more accomplished because you will actually be completing tasks that make a difference in your personal and professional life.
by Ashleigh Allman