Productivity is an intimidating word for many of us. At the mention of the word, hamsters running their own spinning wheel come to mind. But that stuffed shirt perspective is precisely what this post is NOT about. We’ve put together some of our favorite tips to get back on whatever track you’ve set.
Wake up to inspiration
It’s hard to wake up on the right side of the bed every day, but you can do your bit to help. Position your fool-proof make-me-smile favorites right where you can see them first thing in the morning. It can be a collage of family photos, a brightly colored stuffed toy or maybe a beautiful print. These little reminders help re-orient your internal compass, keeping it pointing to your True North.
Wouldn’t you want to wake up this beautifully complex PCP print every morning?
Have a daily agenda
After you’ve got your head (and your heart) on straight, think about what you’re going to do today. Not only that, give yourself a little time to dream. Write down tentative dates for “dream projects” that you’ve never gotten around to starting. Feel free to doodle a little too.
We always like open-dated planners. Somehow, the leeway to write your own date gives us a little bit of room to breathe. Extra pages for notes and other interesting details are also a plus. Here are some of our open-dated favorites from the store:
The Perpetual Planet planners have small sections set aside for “special things to do.”
The Tomorrow planner has a great opening page.
Mini-planners are for people on the go. Bright and colorful, it fits right in your pocket or clutch.
Unplug at the end of the day
Life is a whirlwind of activity. It’s hard to escape it nowadays. The best way we’ve found is simply to stay away from things with a plug for a chunk of time. Spend time with a friend or a loved one. Drink a glass of wine, put on good music or write down the best of your day.
We always look for journals that have subtle or no lines at all. The blank pages always seem like an invitation not just to write on the page, but to really go all out with it. Use these pages to set lofty goals, even ones that never in a million years you’d ever get to. Who knows? You just might.