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3 Effortless Ways to Get More Done

Do you ever wonder how on some days you seem to get so much accomplished, while on others, you barely get a few things checked off your to-do list?

I recently noticed how on Saturday’s, I get so much done. I’m like a blur… everything from cleaning the house, running errands, grocery shopping, getting some reading and writing in, a little shopping at the mall, and a nice dinner with my hubby.

It got me thinking… what is it about Saturday’s? After all, it’s a day that has the same 24 hours as the other days of the week.

Could it be I’m feeling a little more relaxed after a busy week that is scheduled down to the minute.

What did I do differently on Saturday’s that I could apply to my weekly schedule to get more done in less amount of time. I started taking note of everything I did and here are my top three ways to get more done, effortlessly, any day of the week!

1. It’s the Time of Day!

I’m one of those people who is full of energy in the morning and ready to make things happen, so I start off by knocking out my least favorite things first, like cleaning the house.

During the week, I find like most people, checking email is my least favorite thing to do. So what do I do when I first hit my office? That is right.  I check my email and handle anything that needs to be taken care of.

One great thing about doing the things you like the least first, is that it eliminates dread and procrastination, which saves you time and energy. How awesome is that!

2. Focus, Focus, Focus!

On Saturday’s, I check my phone first thing, then I put it up until I have everything around the house done. I love having a smart phone that allows to me check my email, all my social media feeds, text family and friends, video chat and talk, but it’s not too smart if starts taking up your time, instead of saving you time.

I follow this same rule while in the office. I check voicemails, emails and social media at certain times of the day, then I close them out and get busy.  This  allows me to get my work done faster and more efficiently, while not getting distracted.




3. Play Some Music!

Music energizes me. My favorites are rock n’ roll and disco. So on Saturday’s after catching up on the news, I shut off the TV, turn on my Sirius Satellite radio and tune into my favorite stations, then I get started on my to-do list. It’s just amazing how much faster you get things done when you’re jamming out to your favorite songs.

While in the office,  when I’m not coaching one of my amazing clients, I also listen to my favorite tunes. I used to be a fan of talk radio, but I noticed that it was actually distracting at times.

These are just three ways I found to easily be more productive during my week.  How could you be more productive?

When you have those days where you go… “wow, I got a lot done today”… start writing down what you did during the day and at what times. And then do the same for the days were you feel like you just didn’t get anything done.

I bet you will start to notice a pattern of ways, you too, can effortlessly get more done… any day of the week.

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