I have such an incredible productivity tip for you today. If you want to increase your productivity – you should journal or create your “to do” list the night before. So…when you wake up you hit the ground running, the other thing is your brain works on things while you are sleeping.
I heard this from Shark Tank star Daymond John, who also wrote the book The Power of Broke, he writes down the things that he is working towards or obsessed with, so that his brain can start working on them.
I usually like to watch tv and do mind numbing activities before going to bed and as some of you may know I have been struggling with insomnia lately. I thought to myself maybe this journaling might help, Chalene Johnson also speaks to this and does her “to do” list the night before.
I decided to journal what I was grateful for and then jot down my goals and finally listed the goals I was working on at the time. Starting with what I was grateful for put me in a positive state of mind before tackling my massive to do list. I was able to pull out my top five things that I would focus on the following day for the short time I have to work.
When I got to my desk to work I was able to start working on what I actually needed to get done that day. So often, I would sit down to work and have to spend time figuring out what I wanted to get done, I wasn’t being as productive as I should have been. When I sit down I need to be ready to work. and on this day I hammered through my list.
Figure out what things you need to do daily or monthly to reach your goal. You will definitely get more accomplished if you prepare for your day the night before.
One quick productivity tip for you today! One might think that since I work from home, running an online business, that I just stay in pajamas or sweats all day. For me, pajamas and sweats don’t make me feel like working. My productivity tip for entrepreneurs like myself, especially those that work from home, is to dress for the occasion, meaning dress for work, even if you aren’t leaving the house.
This morning after taking my boys on a walk, I took a quick shower and put on a cute dress that I know makes me feel good and ready to work. It was while working at Powder Blue Productions for Bret and Chalene Johnson that I learned firsthand about dressing for your mindset. Even though we were a workout based company and rarely had other people come into the office, former owners Bret and Chalene wanted us to dress nice in the office. When you dress for business or work, you tend to be more productive than if you just put on something comfy like sweats.
When you are dressed and feel confident, the rest of your day will follow. Think about how different clothes make you feel and how different you carry yourself when you are wearing certain clothes. Or how your confidence level changes in different outfits, we all have those certain outfits that make us feel good and ready to take on whatever the day has in store for us. I have found that my work from home style definitely affects my productivity mindset. Author, Personal Development Speaker and mentor for me (from afar), Brian Tracy, believes in the idea that if you dress for success your mindset will follow.
Dress so that you feel confident and the work you do will exude the same confidence!
Have a great day! Holly