10 Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Organized

10 Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Organized

10 Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Organized

I don’t know if you have problems with procrastinating like I sometimes do but here are 10 ways to stop procrastinating and get more organized! Procrastination is a bad habit that is hard to break and even when you are doing MUCH better it slowly can creep back up on you! So if that sounds familiar I hope these tips help you!

Procrastinating has always been a struggle for me. It actually runs in my family. I think back to when I was in school and I see just how bad I was at procrastinating. I would do anything other than my homework or clean my room.

Instead, I would, of course, choose things that were fun and put off the not so fun things until the last minute. Then when I had to rush and get things done I didn’t do my best work.

As I became an adult, wife, and mother, I have found that putting things off can end up really bad! You have to be prepared and use your time wisely if you want things to get done. I have learned as the years have gone by to overcome my procrastinating habits.

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Here are the 10 ways to stop procrastinating and get more organized that have helped me find time to be more productive.

1. Identify What Takes Up Your Time

What is taking up most of your time? If you were to stop and really think about any spare time you have what are you doing? Then decide if that is time well spent or not!

Do you spend too much time on Social Media?
Are you putting off important tasks to clean when you could do that later?
Are you overthinking and stalling?

Take a hard look at how you are choosing to spend your time and identify what is really take up your time and making you “too busy” to get your important task done.

Related Post: 5 Easy Ways to Find Time in Your Day

2. Reorganize Your Schedule

Instead of doing what you want first in your day, do the important task that you are putting off first. Or if you find that you are more productive during a certain part of the day then more that task to that time frame.

Rearrange your schedule to make it more effective for you to get your task done. If you move some things around in your schedule to different time frames then you may be more likely to get it done.

For example, if I decide to clean all morning then I am worn out in the afternoon and struggle to work on my computer. But if I work first then my important task is done and I have the rest of the day to catch up on housework.

I did the same thing during the day but in a more productive order that ensures everything gets accomplished.

3. Make a List

Make a list of the things you want to accomplish during the day and then map out your day. At the beginning of the day, I think about all the things that need to be done.

Between what’s for supper, is tonight gymnastics, what yards need to be mowed (we have a small lawn care company), have I billed everyone for said yards, where am I at on my blog etc. It can get overwhelming.

If I don’t write it all down then I forget and things don’t get done.

If I make a list and I see what all needs to be done then I just start chipping away at that list and I love seeing those things get crossed off! When I get to the end of the list I feel so good! I feel like I can relax a little and that I have earned it!

Also having that list you can see the order in which things need to be done. If there are things that need to all be done while you are in town then group them together. Things that need to be done at home then group them.

Then multiple things can be done at once and crossed off the list all at once!

4. Give Yourself a Time Limit

Allow yourself only so long to do each thing you need to accomplish that day. Set a time limit for each item. This sets a sense of urgency when you see you only have X amount of time left to finish that item.

This also keeps you from spending too much time on one item. I do the budgeting for our family so every Friday I like to see where we are. Payday Friday I map everything out and then the next Friday I see how we are doing staying on our budget.

Now life has a funny way of not caring about what you have planned so it never works perfectly but at least I tried! It shouldn’t take all day or even hours but I can end up spending hours planning ahead for the future.

This is when I have to set a timer. It should only take 30mins-1hour tops. Also, the time limit works great for cleaning because I see that oven timer ticking down and I really rush to get it done so I can be more productive with my day!

5. Pick Up The Pace

I have a very laid back personality so I can just mosey along with my day and get half as much done that I could have if I would have just picked up the pace.

So I have tried hard to pick up the pace while working on my to-do list. 

It works great along with #4 and setting a timer. It just lights a little fire under you to get more done in your day.

6. Multitask

Now some people say this can cause you to be less productive but I’m not talking about talking on the phone while typing an email. I am talking about turning on the washer and dishwasher first so they can run while you are vacuuming type thing.

If you multitask and do things in the right order you will get more done during the day.

Maybe you listen to an audiobook or watch a training video while you are cooking supper or folding laundry instead of watching T.V. Maybe you answer emails on your phone while you are waiting for gymnastics practice to be over instead of scrolling on Facebook.

The other day I had to drive 3 hours to meet with my friend so instead of listening to the radio I listened to videos from my favorite blogger to help better myself.

We all multitask already but choosing better things to do while multitasking will make a huge difference.

7. Wake Up 30 Minutes Earlier

We all know this is a great one that is easier said than done. I am not a morning person so waking up earlier is hard for me.

Sleep is good for us so you just need to use your time more wisely and get to bed on time (instead of scrolling through social media).

I have always been a night owl and never an early riser but I have found that if I stay up 30 minutes later that I start my day off tired and grumpy and I get less done during the day.

If I go to bed on time but wake up 30 minutes earlier I still have that same 30 extra minutes but I am much more productive!

Related Post: 3 Reasons Why The Way You Dress Impacts Your Productivity


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8. Meal Prep

I didn’t realize just how amazing meal prepping is! I knew to eat healthier that meal prepping made all the difference but what I didn’t know is how meal prepping saves so much time and headache period!

It has made a huge difference! Also, it has helped our budget extremely because my husband doesn’t just order something because supper is already ready when he walks in the door from work! (I started this habit while working a full-time job because I was too tired to cook after work. But with everything prepped it saved the day!)

I started prepping lunches too. These are what I used for my daughter’s lunches and these for my husband and I’s lunches!

9. It’s Okay To Say No

This one goes along the lines of the time-wasters. I am very bad about not saying no, I always get suckered into saying yes.

Every once in awhile it’s okay to say no.

I recently had a hard time saying no and I felt guilty about it at first but good about it later. My neighbor asked if I could watch her daughter and I told her no which bothered me at first but then I thought “Darn it, my life is important and my blog is important too and it deserves my attention!”

So it is okay to say no! Again, it is all about a healthy balance. You don’t want to always work and never enjoy life but you can’t always enjoy life and never work either.

10. Spark!

Spark is a complete LIFESAVER! If you haven’t heard of it then let me just change your life real quick!

Spark is an amazing healthy energy drink. I have never had a monster or any of those types of energy drinks and I was very skeptical about this one when I first heard about it. Spark is made by AdvoCare and isn’t sold in stores.

You can only get it from a distributor. My bestie had signed up and finally talked me into trying it and it is like liquid gold.

I am very stingy with it. I’m not gonna lie, I do not like to share….it is my “happy mommy juice” so no one takes it from mama! I will try not to go on and on about it because I most definitely could.

Spark helped me become the productive mom I had always dreamed of being. I would drag all day and drink coffee and Mountain Dew trying to have the energy to get through the day.

It’s just another amazing thing that changed my life and I would be selfish not to share that with you! I am beyond thankful my friend shared it with me!

I have been drinking it since 2012 and I don’t go a day without it!

There You Have It

I hope some of these tips help you kick your procrastination habit and get more stuff done!

My best advice to stop procrastinating and get more organized are these 5 simple words… MASSIVE ACTION SOLVES ALL PROBLEMS.

I wrote that on a note and stuck it on my fridge so I could see it every day. It would remind me that even if I didn’t know where to start, I just needed to start. I just needed to get moving and the rest would work itself out!

Keep moving forward!

Vanessa

Digital Planner Creation Mini Course

Digital Planner Creation Mini Course

Digital Planner Creation Mini-Course

As soon as I discovered digital planners and all the other amazing digital products available I was hooked! I dove right in learned all I could and it definitely helped that I had already been blogging for about 2 years so I knew many programs that would help. So I decided to create a digital planner creation mini-course to walk you through the basic steps of creating a digital planner. I took what I have learned from blogging and what I have learned about digital planning and created this mini-course for you!

Instead of watching 50 different YouTube videos trying to learn everything to create a digital planner you could learn it all in one convenient spot! I wanted to make a mini-course that would help you with the fundamental basic steps you need to get your digital planner up and running quickly!

I plan to add more details and cover digital planner creation more in-depth with a bigger course later on but if you are just looking for the basics then this mini-course is perfect for you!

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What is a digital planner?

First, let’s make sure we are all on the same page. A digital planner, journal, notebook, agenda, calendar, etc. is a PDF that you upload into an app or program that will allow you to edit the PDF.

This allows the PDF to be treated just like a physical planner but it is in digital form.

Why use a digital planner?

You may be wondering why not just use a regular planner or bullet journal? Well, here is a post all about why digital products are so awesome.

But let’s go over the main points real quick!

  • Convenient
  • Easy to edit
  • Portable
  • Endless Choices
  • Less Expensive
  • Better for the Environment

Convenient

To me digital is much more convenient. I don’t like to have papers laying all over the place or trying to keep track of where I put that one sticky note with the important phone number on it.

Long ago, I had started really utilizing my Notes App on my iPhone. I have it all broke down into different categories and then I can easily delete what note I no longer need.

So after being in the habit of having everything already on my phone, it was a no brainer when I found the option to still be able to use a planner, notebook, or bullet journal digitally too!

Easy to Edit

I have horrible handwriting and I’m a perfectionist, not a good combo. I will rewrite a whole note just by messing up once. Or I just find myself rewriting the list over and over because I don’t like all the scratched out marks on my list when tasks are completed.

Writing things out, erasing, changing colors, or even typing can all be adjusted and changed easily!

No more wasting paper and time rewriting everything!

I also love the option to move something you have already written. If I end up writing something just a little off center, I can easily fix that too with the lasso tool!

Portable

Yes, I know a physical planner is also portable. However, you will very seldom (probably never) leave the house without your phone. But you could easily run out of the door and forget your planner.

Then the planners I like to use, so I can see what my sloppy big handwriting says, are huge. They don’t fit in my purse so then I am carrying around a notebook-sized planner on top of everything else we moms have to carry.

This way even if I use my iPad to do most of my planner work it still updates to the app on my phone and I can use it right from my phone when I’m not home. Or my iPad does fit in my purse if I decide to bring it.

Side note: The other bad part about carrying a planner everywhere with you in your purse is it gets all banged up because well it’s made of paper. Even if I bring my iPad with me it is in a nice case and will last a lot longer than paper.

Endless Choices

There are literally endless choices you can do with your digital planner.

First, you can customize your own planner so it can link to any website you want or have the tabs link to any page you want.

Then you can add pictures with a few clicks, add stickers, charts, habit trackers, easily copy and paste things you have already written, etc.! Plus will all the amazing programs available you can create all sorts of fun things to add to your planner than you would have to hand draw, print, or pay for to add to your physical journal that will again just get torn up.

Less Expensive

Besides the expensive phone or tablet you are using (which I’m pretty sure you didn’t buy just to use as a digital planner anyways) it is less expensive than a physical planner.

Every year you have to buy a new physical planner. You can’t go through and erase a whole years with of work and start over. Plus, the dates would be all wrong.

With creating your own (or even purchasing one) you can use it as many times as you want! As long as it isn’t dated.

There are plenty of beautiful blank planners out there that you can purchase one time and reuse every year! Or again you could create your own and have it completely customized for you!

Also, you don’t have to buy expensive pens, pencils, markers, stickers, or tape. If you chose to purchase any of those digitally then it is a one time purchase and you can reuse those over and over. Or once more, you could create your own!

But if you were to buy stickers for your physical planner you can only use those once.

Better for the Environment

Overall I think you can see that there is definitely less paper wasted with this digital method!

How to use a digital planner

Now that you know how awesome they are let me show you real quick some of the fun things you can do with a digital planner!

This is a quick video walk through to just give you a glimpse at some of the fun editing options you can do with your digital planner. For a full walk through of the GoodNotes app that I am using in this video you can go here!

In that video I am using one of the planners I got from GoodNotes Goods Co. I like to get as much bang for my buck as I can and they have a deal where you pay a one time fee per year and get unlimited downloads with new products added every month!

If you want to give it a try for yourself first then here is a notebook you can have for free to test out! (Don’t worry they told me I could give it to you for free ☺️)

So besides purchasing a digital planner your other option of course is to create your own!

Create Your Own Digital Planner

My mini course will help walk you through exactly how to do just that. I love to create my own planners because then I get to make each page exactly how I want it to be. Everyone is different and everyone has different styles and ways that work best for them.

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The way someone else creates their digital planner may not be the way that works best for you.

Maybe you like to have a landscape layout, or maybe you like more charts and graphs and less calendar pages, or maybe you prefer to have bright fun colors and all the planners you find are boring.

That is the beauty of creating your own! It is literally created just for you (by you)!

Whats in the course?

Enjoy another video with a walkthrough of what is included in the mini-course!

What’s included in the mini-course

  • Walkthrough of the basics of creating a digital planner
  • The different styles and types of digital planners
  • How to design your digital planner
  • How to add hyperlinks to your digital planner
  • Which apps are best to use for your digital planner

Sign Me Up!

Right now there is an early bird special that won’t last long but it is set as a price you can’t pass up, $5! Yep that’s all just $5 and you will learn how to create your own digital planners! Sign up now before the launch date of September 30th, 2019 to get that early bird special price!

Vanessa

 

 

5 Easy Ways to Find Time in Your Day

5 Easy Ways to Find Time in Your Day

5 Easy Ways to Find Time in Your Day

There never seems to be enough time in the day to get everything you need to get done finished. At least that is how I always feel! The to-do list is never-ending and the clock won’t stop ticking. Although this is true there are still ways you can find time in your day.

By taking a deeper look into how you spend your time you can easily find more time in your day! When I first did this I was shocked at how much extra time I really had!

Here are 5 easy ways to find time in your day!

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#1 IF YOU FAIL TO PLAN…..PLAN TO FAIL

(Or as my very dear friend calls it….get your poop in a group…haha!)

I know you have heard it before but it is so very true! If you don’t plan then you are going to fail. I grew up with a wing-it kind of attitude. My mom is a very carefree and easy-going person. She isn’t known for her promptness but rather her relaxed personality. Because of that my older sister and I tend to be more proactive and we like to plan and be on time.

And since we weren’t raised that way we have had to find our own path to become that way. I say that because we are by no means perfect at it.

Sometimes it feels like it is more work but it really does make the week go by so much smoother!

Plan out your meals

For example, I plan out our meals for the whole month. I use the grocery pickup to save time and to stay on budget. Then I prep my daughter’s school lunches and all dinners for the week.

(if you’re looking, I use these containers for her lunches and when I prep for my husband and I, I use these containers. Both inexpensive and super easy to use, clean and store!)

We will have enough food for leftovers for lunch and no one is a big breakfast eater so I only need to worry about dinners.

Normally for breakfast, we all just grab a protein bar or something. But with dinners planned and prepped, I don’t have to spend 30-45 mins trying to figure out what to make for supper each night and finally deciding to just order pizza.

Meal planning is a fairly obvious time-saver that many moms probably already do. And even though it does take up a big portion of my weekend, I have saved a bunch of time and stress over meals all week.

Also when I added up how much we would save by not eating out so much I was shocked!

I didn’t think we were spending that much eating out because there are only three of us…but yep we will save a bunch!

Plan out outfits for the week

Just like planning out meals, it helps so much if you plan out outfits too. My daughter is NOT a morning person so she doesn’t like getting up any earlier than she has to. Also, she is at the age where she doesn’t like the clothes I pick out for her. So it makes mornings run much smoother if we pick out her outfits for the week together Sunday evening.

This way we are prepared for P.E. days when she needs to wear tennis shoes and so on. This also ensures that we don’t miss any fun activities at school like pajama day or crazy sock day.

So you can see how planning in life frees up time.

I use a bullet journal or planner to help keep them myself on track and organized. I got this journal and I do love how you can customize each page instead of struggling to find a planner that works for you and your specific needs.

You can get some fun pens (these are erasable gel pens!) and get some pretty Washi masking tape like this set and design each page to your liking!

Or better yet, grab a copy of my free digital bullet journal!

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I want one!

#2 MOTIVATION

Some people are born motivated and can just go-go all day and you can’t get them to slow down….*cough: my husband!* He literally jumps out of bed around 5 am or earlier and does not stop until he is forced to slow down at night and then when he stops moving for more than 10 seconds he is asleep.

He has been that way since I met him. Most of our friends call him a robot because he requires very little sleep…some times zero. I have seen him go strong and hard for almost 48 hours. Running on maybe a 30-minute cat nap.

I, however, hibernate every night and I wish that I had his motivation. Just like my daughter, I am not a morning person but I wish I was!

I get up sometimes around 5am and will go for a run and that helps me accomplish so much more that day but then it takes days for me to recoup.

Find what motivates you

If you are like me and you need to find something to help push you through the day then find what motivates you! That will make a huge difference!

Are you goal oriented? Do you like a lot of coffee? Do you like to check things off your to-do list? Do you like to workout? Do you have an accountability partner?

Find something that will drive you!

What has helped me tremendously is Spark. It is a vitamin “energy drink” that gives me mental focus. It’s sugar-free so guilt free and it has helped me so much! I started drinking it in 2012 and I have rarely gone a day without it!

I am the least competitive person you will meet. If you say “I’m going to beat you!” to try and get me motivated I will say “Ok.” and keep doing what I was doing. I am not driven by competition or even goals. I actually clam up instead so I have found that with Spark it 100% helps motivate me. It is a joke at our house when I am cleaning, rearranging furniture, or painting something that I must have just drank a spark and to look out!

Find your motivation to help you acheive more in your day!

Get your blood flowing and get some rest!

Exercise always helps me get the blood flow going and helps me not feel so sluggish.

Also, as I said before some people require more sleep than others. There is no replacement for sleep!

I have found that even though it takes away from the time I am awake and could be working, I get more done if I get more sleep.

If I cut myself short on sleep, the next day I am slow, tired, I can’t focus, I just keep yawning, and I don’t get much done. So what is the point in staying awake longer trying to get more done if the next day I’m too tired to get anything done?

If I just get a good nights rest then I can accomplish so much more the next day being well rested. Even though I gave up work time the night before to sleep.

I have noticed too that our new mattress has helped a ton with getting a good nights sleep. We recently made the investment to get a new mattress and wow…I never realized how much we were missing out! Now my husband and I joke about how we just want to go lay in our nice new bed for fun.

Getting the rest our bodies need helps us be much more productive the next day!

Your Passion

Find your purpose or your passion and write that on your mirror so you can read it every morning. Having that daily reminder of your purpose can make a huge difference!

#3 MAP OUT YOUR DAY 

Mapping out your daily routine will help you find the time you didn’t know you had. I did this and it shows I have all kinds of time but yet I was like “where is it all going?” and turns out that life happens and yes things come up that you have to do.

However, by mapping out your daily routine you can see where you can make things more efficient. Maybe you like to get up and drink a cup of coffee and watch the news when you wake up but then you are struggling to find time throughout the day.

Well, maybe you have to give up that coffee and news time. Or maybe you watch TV at night after you put the kids to bed that you could cut out.

#4 CUT DISTRACTION

I have met people that completely shut T.V. off in their homes because it is a distraction to their goals. I would have to agree it most certainly is a distraction for me.

I don’t have it on at all during the day so I can focus and work. Then I may reward myself with a little television at night. If I was looking for more time then I would cut it out as well.

If your schedule is overwhelmed with cleaning (because it’s never ending) then I would break it up into daily tasks so then you get a little done each day instead of feeling like you have to clean the whole house every day.

Social Media

Social Media is another huge distraction. Sometimes I catch myself getting on to purposefully distract myself because I don’t want to do something. So I deleted Facebook off of my phone. I don’t struggle with other social media platforms but I do get sucked into Facebook. So I cut the distraction!

#5 ASK FOR HELP

No one said you have to do this alone. Ask for help! As mom’s we tend to just do it all and not ask for help. That isn’t helping anyone! Give some of the responsibilites to your husband or kids. Or ask your sister, mother, or friend would help watch the kiddos so you can find time to get things done!

Another great option is, if you don’t already, get an accountability partner to help keep you on track.

Delegate tasks out to save you time

Hire someone to come clean the house, mow the yard, power wash the house, whatever tasks you can delegate out do it! If you can delegate out chores that eat up your time to your spouse or kids then do that but if not then hire someone to help you.

This frees up time you are spending on those chores that you could be using for other things!

Even small little adjustments like this vacuum can help. I got this for Christmas and it saves me from having to vacuum all the time. I just let it run while I am doing other things and that’s one less chore on my list!

Massive action solves all problems

My favorite saying that I have written on my fridge is “Massive action solves all problems“. I think about that when I get stuck or feel a little lost.

When I over think and analyze too much I realize that I have wasted 15 minutes stressing over what I should do next. If I would have just moved forward on something I would have accomplished more than stressing over the order of my to-do list.

When the house is a wreck and I need to do invoices for our lawn care and I need to write a blog post but I don’t know where to start… I just start!

The more I can get done in a day whether it was in the right order or not is going to be more important than stressing about the order and wasting any precious time.

So for today, I leave you with those two reminders:

1. If you fail to plan…..plan to fail

2. Massive action solves all problems

Map out your schedule and plan out as much as you can then get into action! I hope this has helped you find more time in your day!

Vanessa

3 Reasons Why The Way You Dress Impacts Your Productivity

3 Reasons Why The Way You Dress Impacts Your Productivity

3 Reasons Why The Way You Dress Impacts Your Productivity

Productivity and procrastination go hand in hand. If you suffer from procrastination then you probably aren’t very productive. So you have to overcome procrastination to become productive. Even a simple change in the way you dress impacts your productivity!

The best way to overcome procrastination is to work hard on becoming productive and your procrastination issue will take care of itself!

Here is an easy productivity tip to implement right away. The way you dress. Here are 3 Reasons Why The Way You Dress Impacts Your Productivity.

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1. How you feel about yourself impacts your productivity

Believe it or not, the way you dress sets your mindset for the day and impacts your productivity. If you walk around in your sweats all day you feel tired and well…lazy.

You may not be lazy and you may actually get some things done but your mindset is not 100% confident.

When you “dress for success” there is something magical about it and it impacts your productivity in a positive way! You feel good about yourself. Every time you look in the mirror you will see a professional that had confidence and stands up strong.

If every day you wear sweats then when you look in the mirror you will struggle to see a strong individual that is ready to take on the day so that impacts your productivity in a negative way.

Try it for a week and see how much better you will feel about yourself!

2. How others perceive you impacts your productivity

Others will sense the same feelings. Dressing professionally will get you more respect from others. It’s not their fault, it’s human nature and we all do it.

If someone comes to your do dressed in their sweats with stains on the front, their hair a mess, and they look like they just woke up, you would be taken aback.

Thinking what in the world does this person want?! I would be scared to open the door!

However, if someone that looks like cut and dressed nicely (not over the top) then I would feel much more comfortable opening the door.

Now we all know that isn’t always the case. You can’t trust everyone but I’m sure you see my point.

If you are “dressed for success” you will put off the vibe that you are a professional, you are important and intelligent.

I have tested this theory out many times. I now have people give me a hard time for always being “dressed up” like I am going somewhere special when I work from home.

But I will say that…

A) It is usually just some makeup, curled hair, and a WalMart dress

B) It isn’t always but more often than not

C) I am always ready for those surprise visits!

I had a friend just FaceTime me last night and joked saying “Where you ready for my call you look like you just left the salon!”

But I felt great with that confident instead of embarrassed at how I do look sometimes!

Ladies, when we see a well-dressed mom at school looking like she is rocking her life we tend to be envious and want to be like her.

That is our perception of her. Just like others have a perception of you. I am definitely not telling you to be fake or stuck up. DON’T BE ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE. I just want you to feel confident and comfortable in situations like that.

3. The universe goes in your favor and impacts your productivity

Do you ever have those days you just feel like everything clicks and falls together perfectly? Of course, we have the opposite too where nothing could go right no matter what we do.

But if you think back to the good days you may realize that those are the days you are “dressed for success”.

That is usually the start of everything falling together perfectly – you found the perfect outfit for the day. This goes all the way back to Middle School and High School.

You are excited to go to school to wear the new outfit you just got.

From there everything seems to fall in order. You knew all the answers in class. The boy/girl you like talked to you at school. The cafeteria served your favorite lunch. It all comes together and it all started with the way you dressed.

I am not trying to push you do go out and buy a whole new wardrobe but I am trying to steer you clear of wear pajamas all day every day.

If you are rocking at productivity and you wear PJs all day then you probably are reading the wrong post. This isn’t for you.

This is for those looking to improve their productivity right away and stop procrastination from taking over their everyday life.

Tips to improve the way you dress that impacts your productivity

I am not a fashionista. I choose comfort over fashion. Again if you are a fashionista you probably are reading the wrong post. You don’t need help dressing to impress. You already know that changing the way you dress impacts your productivity.

If you are still following along then you probably also like to dress comfortably. That’s why most of us choose sweats or our PJs.

Here are simple tips to help you dress better without sacrificing comfort!

1. Paint your nails

I always feel like a million bucks when my nails are painted. I never go without toenail polish (because let’s face it, it stays on longer and is much easier to touch up). But I don’t keep my fingernails painted all of the time because it is more upkeep.

That is why my husband bought me a gel nail polish kit like these. It costs too much to get my nails done and I hated how regular polish came off so fast but I loved my nails to be painted so he got me a kit!

I love that thing! I have had it for years and still have the same bottles I started with. Again I don’t keep my nails painted all of the time because I like to let them heal up since my nails are so weak and gel polish tears them up a bit.

However, it stays on for about 3 weeks!

There are other options out there as well like all those stick-on nails and nail polishes. I just feel much more confident with my nails done!

2. A little bit of makeup goes a long way

If I haven’t made it clear already, I am not one to spend hours on my appearance. I do get my hair colored every 5-6 weeks but other than that I don’t go all out on clothes, shoes, tanning, fake eyebrows or eyelashes, none of that.

Since I live in Coastal Georgia so that stuff would just sweat right off if I did.

I do fill in my normally tiny thin eyebrows, put concealer on my dark rings under my eyes, and wear mascara. That is about it. The days I don’t do that are because we are out on the boat or at the pool.

Otherwise, I will do those small steps and it makes a huge difference. I don’t contour, paint, or glue anything on and I still get told all the time how good I look. I am not saying that to brag because I myself don’t see it but hey at least I am not scaring people away.

3. Clothes don’t have to be expensive

A new outfit can make all the difference. Not a new outfit right off the runway but a newer outfit works just fine! If you have the finances to buy new fancy clothes and that’s your thing then go for it!

I am trying to help those who can’t but still are looking for ways to increase their productivity by dressing better to improve their confidence.

With that said you can find all kinds of cute clothes at garage sales, on the trader sites, at Goodwill, WalMart, Target, JC Penny, and so many more!

Here are a bunch of cute summer dresses you could have shipped right to your door! I love dresses! They hide and flaws (like eating too much pizza the night before), they are very comfortable and flowy, and they definitely make you look professional!

4. Self-Hygiene

Even making small changes in your personal hygiene will make you feel more confident! Besides painting your nails you could whiten your teeth, get a new haircut or style, try out a new perfume or cologne, apply lotion, take a warm bubble bath, or get a massage!

You would be surprised how much confidence you will gain by taking better care of yourself. My husband works so hard that he puts himself on the back burner.

Finally, I got him into the dentist and started getting things fixed and back up to date. In doing that he loved how his teeth looked and has started whitening them and take better care of himself!

Another awesome product that I love so very much is Spark. It is a sugar-free energy drink. The fruit punch flavor tastes just like Hawaiian fruit punch juice to me. There are a bunch of different flavors though.

I started drinking it in 2012 and I don’t go a day without it! I love it because it gives me motivation, energy, and mental focus to tackle each day.

What does this have to do with hygiene? I added it to this category because since it is sugar-free and full of vitamins I lost weight after starting on it and some of AdvoCare’s other products!

And taking care of yourself and losing weight is definitely self-hygiene!

Disclaimer: Just because I and MANY others lost weight by taking AdvoCare’s products does not guarantee you will.

5. Earrings/Jewelry

Adding earrings to any outfit dresses it up. So just throw on some earring or bracelets or a necklace to dress up your outfit quickly and easily!

6. Accessories

Accessories tie every outfit together. If you have a simple summer dress you want to spruce up all you have to do is add a fancy sandal and a purse!

Or I love all of these hair accessories!

Here are more ideas to help you dress to impress!

BONUS!

Sometimes just believing in yourself is all you need! Here is a freebie bundle of inspirational quotes for you to print off and tape to your mirror! Read them every day and remind yourself you are professional and productive. And that you will not let procrastination get the best of you!

This will help motivate you to change out of your sweats or PJs to look better and feel better. These tips will for sure impact your productivity in a positive way!

 

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