For a week I tried to be more productive with my time at work and at home by using my rule of 3. At work I was limited to 3 times a day to access my internet for pleasure and at home I was to complete 3 chores before bed. The first day I was golden, but as the week went along I learned I needed to implement some new strategies into my daily routine.
At my current job I have unlimited access to Facebook, Pinterest, and a few other of my oh so favorite websites. To help myself be more productive at work, I have limited myself to only going on these sites 3 times a day. I am awful when it comes to having squirrel moments (times when you just can’t focus for the life of you), during these squirrel moments I drift to the internet.
During this week at work, I learned to be more productive I have to WRITE.IT.DOWN! I have to write a list of all the things I need to have accomplished that day. It really does help to keep me in line and offline. I usually write my list in order of priority while having my first cup of coffee for the day, it helps me not feel rushed or like I am getting dumped on first thing in the morning. IF someone has an “emergency” first thing in the morning I no longer RUSH around, it can wait 5 more minutes. I also have welcomed Outlook reminders into my life to help me with deadlines and meeting reminders.
Work was the easy part, home was a completely different monster all its own. As a single mom of a teenager and a toddler things rarely went how I wanted them to go. The 3 things I learned about how to handle the 3 chore rule at home were the following :
- Get a Planner, Calendar, or Utilize your phone task manager/calendar. I am old school and I have a cheap phone that can’t handle more than one thing at a time, I went to Walgreens and got a Weekly/Monthly Planner. It has a weekly pages and a view of the whole month at once. I L.O.V.E IT. I like having a hard copy to look at.
- WRITE.IT.DOWN! In my world, if I don’t write it down, it never existed and will probably never happen. Biggest Lie I tell myself…”I don’t need to write it down, I will remember.” Guess what 90% of the time….I never remember. I have waved the white flag of surrender and realized only way I will get better at this is to WRITE IT DOWN!
- Know what triggers your lazy and what motivates you. I have kids, tired is a permanent fixture of who I am . I know if I turn on the TV and sit down, I am not getting my happy butt up again. So, I have to do my 3 things while either cooking dinner or right after I get home and set my purse down. My motivator is Music! I put on some Jams and off I go!
Now, I am far from being an expert and I know this may not work for everyone but it works for me. Hopefully it can help someone.