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How to be more productive

For one reason or another we are always striving to increase our productivity.  We want to get as much as possible done in order to get as close as we can to our goal/mission. Yet each and every day continues to be a struggle. Some days are better while others leave us scratching our heads and thinking “what more can I do?” or “am I do doing something wrong?”…

 The problem is that you are starting on the wrong page and with the wrong question.

Ask yourself:

Do I set measurable and realistic goals?

If the answer is no. —- that’s okay. It honestly makes sense as to why you searched for an article that can help you be more productive.

Before diving into the article I want to give you some insight on how by you being more productive you can experience positive changes in:

  • Experiencing less stress
  • Feeling more in control
  • Feeling that you have accomplished something each day
  • Organized and more prepared

Simple ways to be more productive

Making your bed every morning.

  • I can feel the stink eye from most of you. Making your bed will give you a very similar satisfaction to that when you enter your office space and see everything clean and organized or when you get home to find your partner has the house spotless. In addition, it will provide you with an increase in your self-esteem, self-management skills, and self-worth. Who doesn’t like getting into a crisp clean bed!

Exercise for 15 minutes each day

  • Its only 15 minutes. As a therapist, active personal trainer and fitness enthusiast I can tell you from every angle this works. Exercising continues to be identified as a means towards making you feel healthier and better about yourself. You will have a sense of accomplishment prior to 10am as well as a direct return in your health.
  • Not sure what you could do in 15min??? Check out Fitness APPS for your phone; watch the news while you squat and do push-ups; the list goes on.

Make a To Do List

  • Creating priorities first thing in the morning greatly structures your day, gives you a sense of worth and value, and supports you with self-management.

Dress Professional

  •  I don’t expect you to put on a suit and tie everyday. (If you want to – go for it!). Simply put on some khakis and a button up. Dressing up and dressing clean has a way of making us feel important, needed, valued, and ready to take on the world.


FREE tech apps that help you remain organized while boosting your productivity


  • This is a family app that comes with a calendar and to-do list. I use this app for the sole purpose of family productivity. The app allows you to link members of your family into it with each having a different color. Any change or addition you make in the app is seen by your family members who are included in the app. In my Cozi to-do list, I have things like fix the shelve in the bathroom or cut the grass. These are priorities that are mainly revolved around my personal family life. This app has alerts that you can set with alarms and reminders. I’m a big tech fan so I have an iPhone and iPad. When my alerts go off, I see them pop up on the phone and the iPad. Telling me that “you are not going to miss this”. My wife also receives the alert which definitely keeps me on top of my game!


  • This app is 100% dedicated to work. I love this app due to it having two pages, one on the left for “Today” and the other on the right for “Tomorrow”. I like to spend my late evenings right before bed, sitting down and adding my to do list. You can also put things to do on both sides. For instance, if I know that the item is not super important and it can wait then I will put it in “Tomorrow” versus “Today” I love this. For me it’s almost like a game, I really try to get as much done on the today side so that the tomorrow side is not overly cramped.

Notes (iphone)

  • I know that I was only going to mention two, but this one really should be up here. I do not use it as often since switching over to Tomorrow, but I certainly got a lot of success out of it. I love this app because it is smooth and easy. It felt as if I were writing in a notebook. I would honestly still recommend you to use it. The main reason why I switch from Notes to Tomorrow is because the Tomorrow app, has the awesome platform of two pages. For me, having two pages keeps things clear while helping me sort through what is important for today and what can wait for tomorrow.

Personal changes I can make to help me be more productive

Treat yourself to whatever it is that you may want. Treating yourself literally means that you find some activity or thing for you. Below are a few examples:

  • For parents: Mothers and fathers you may find that treating yourself means a mini-vacation without the kids. Drop your babies off at a relatives or local daycare for a few hours. Go out to a local Starbucks or even a day-spa. When you are there, please do not think about your child. They are okay.
  • For 9-5 workers: Use one of those PTO days you have been saving. Or after work do something that you desire to do but are typically “too busy for”. The options are endless. I really want you find something that will bring a smile and sense of relief to your face.
  • Kids-Tweens- Teens: Give yourself a break from the school work. Treat yourself to an hour of video game time or a delicious bowl of ice cream.
  • Take a much needed nap. You are not too old or too busy for a well deserved nap. Wake up revitalized and focused.


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