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Motivational Monday: How To Have The Most Productive Week EVER!

Many of us know and love how a to do list can keep us on track and get everything we need to get done on paper. But something that i have incorporated into my Monday morning routine for the past couple of months now has been a to do list head quarters. I grab a piece of plain paper and my clipboard and title with the starting date to Sunday's date and then let me mind spill out everything onto paper. Every single thing. Until there is nothing i can think of and until i have it all down where i can see it.

What you will need to begin...

  • Set aside 5 to 10 minutes in the morning to write your to do's down, wether that to mean setting your alarm slightly earlier or jotting them down on the bus to work.

  • Choose a pen that you enjoy using as well as a bright shaded highlighter

  • Use plain paper or designate a notebook for your to do's

  • Keep your writing neat & tidy for a clear read & a more appealing approach 

  • Write everything down no matter how big or small the task is until you simply cannot think of anything else you need to get done, you can always add to the list throughout the week

By titling the page with the date beginning to the end of the week, you are physically writing down the allotted time to get these tasks done. It doesn't matter if you simply can't achieve all of them as you can always roll them over to the following week especially if it is an especially long list. But having all of the tasks at hand in front of you can spur you on and more than likely become enjoyable to see your to do's slowly decreasing. 

Making the most out of your list...

  • You can mark next to your most important task a symbol of your choice such as a star to remind you the importance of that task. You can give a go at tackling these jobs first as it will feel so accomplishing to get that dreaded to do out of the way.

  • Have your list in a visible place. It could be on your desk, in your bag, you could take a photo of your list so you can have visual copy on your phone and always with you.

  • When you have a completed task, grab your highlighter and neatly mark off to show that it has been achieved. Not only with it distinguish what tasks are left but will give you another physical thing to do to feel accomplished in achieving that done task.

Tips for the rest of the week...

  • Any other job that crops up in the week can almost feel like you are moving backwards, but don't be tempted to add it over to the following weeks list. Add that job to your list and look back on everything you have achieved so far to remind yourself that you can keep going. 
  • Set aside some sticky notes next to your main to do list and pick out some tasks for that day. Looking at a big list may feel over whelming especially on a day you may not have a lot of time to achieve your to do's. By taking some tasks from the main list and adding onto a little piece of paper can take some weight off your shoulders & will help you to feel at ease by working from a smaller list.

The end of the week...

  • On Sunday evening have your notebook at the ready with your pen and highlighter ready for your next Monday morning. If you have any left over tasks you didn't get around to achieving, you will clearly see them through the highlighted ones on your list. The next day start all over again, keeping last weeks tasks at the top with a star for importance next to it to tackle those first.

  • Reward yourself! Even if you have or haven't completed everything on your list just look back on the ones you have. Even if it was simply cleaning your makeup brushes or keeping your phone charged during the week. You could have that donut that's been calling your name or that lipstick thats been luring you in from Superdrug or simply just pat yourself on the back and really take in your achievements and use that to spur you on for the following week.

Thank you so much for joining me on my first instalment of my motivational Monday, i know it has been text heavy but hopefully my tips will help you start off the week right and keep you productive and feel achieved throughout the week.

Chat Soon, Emilie x

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