Do you know women who are super productive and have time management down to a science? Do you wonder how the heck they get so much done in a day? Do you want to know their secret? (Because there has to be some super secretive handshake or something right?)
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I used to marvel at the super-human productivity of other women and moms. I wondered how the heck they got it all done and were still completely put together. Meanwhile, I had apple sauce smeared on my pants and my hair hadn’t been washed in a week.
A few years ago I FINALLY decided to figure out how to be more productive AND have more free time in the process.
It took a lot of trial and error but I eventually created a time management system that completely changed my life and skyrocketed my productivity. I also learned a few things that almost all super productive women have in common.
Time Management Tricks of Productive Women
They don’t overbook themselves.
Seriously, learning how to say no has made suuuuuch a difference in my life. Now that I’m good at doing it myself, I often notice other highly productive people saying no too. The trick is to be so tuned in to your own feelings, emotions, and schedule that when an opportunity or obligation arises, you immediately know if you can handle it or not. If you know you can’t handle it, you say no right away and move on. No worrying or procrastination, just simple streamlined bliss. Also, super productive people say no to more than they say yes to. This allows them to do a really good job on the tasks they have committed to AND it frees up their schedule to jump on opportunities that are too good to pass up.
They take care of themselves.
Productive people take pride in the way they look. They eat healthy and they exercise. This has nothing to do with vanity and everything to do with having positive energy. Think about it, how do you feel when you spend all day in your pajamas and don’t brush your teeth till noon. Now, how do you feel waking up early, showering and getting dressed in nice clothes. Most people will feel 100% better doing the latter. Feeling good about yourself gives you energy, and that allows you to get more done. Same for exercise, eating healthy, getting enough rest, etc. All of those things boost your energy. That allows you to be more productive throughout your day.
They are creatures of habit.
Productive people follow routines. Don’t worry, this isn’t as boring as it sounds. It just means that they have certain things that they do at certain times. They make being productive a habit, so that accomplishing tasks doesn’t feel like a chore but more like second nature. Productive women set up morning and evening routines and they create schedules for their workday. This doesn’t mean that they do the same things all the time. It just means that they have a flow to their day that saves them time in the long run. All of these routines contribute to their time management.
They are really clear about what they want.
Productive people know exactly what they want and have figured out how to get it. Or, they are at least actively trying to figure it out.
Figuring out what it is you want is one of the best things you can do to increase your productivity. If you are wishy-washy on your dreams or goals, you’ll have mediocre outcomes because you haven’t clearly defined what it is you want.
Consequently, this was the thing that made the most difference in my life. I didn’t make goals because I didn’t want to be disappointed if they didn’t come true. But what ended up happening was that I never really figured out what I wanted my life to look like. It took a serious personal crisis for me to realize that I was the only one who could create the life I wanted, and I had to get really specific on what I wanted that life to look like before I could move forward.
Learn to Be a More Productive Person
It’s hard to express to you how much better at time management I’ve become just by implementing these simple steps. I’m also sooooo much happier because I get more done each day AND I have plenty of time to spend with my loved ones.