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How to Increase Your Productivity – My 10 Step Guide!

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Everybody wants to be more productive. It saves time, energy, and gives you a sense of accomplishment. I love making lists, checking things off, and seeing progress – it’s how I stay sane at the end of the day!

Here are my personal steps I try to do every single day. Am I perfect? Nope! Do I mess up on occasion? You betcha! But if you follow these steps you may learn how to increase your productivity on a daily basis.



1. Plan Your Day


Make a list of everything you want to accomplish in a day. Group them into *Important Must-Do tasks and *Want to, but could wait if need be.

must dos vs want tos

Write it down! Don’t just make a mental list because if you’re anything like me, you’ll forget until the last minute.


Spend at least 10 minutes each night thinking about how you will accomplish the next day’s tasks. And think positively about how you CAN do it. Be proactive and stop thinking about how things are going to go wrong. And when you wake up in the morning, start checking things off your list!


See The Power of Positive Thinking.


2. Make Your Bed!


By accomplishing a simplistic, mundane task first thing in the morning you will set yourself for success – because you’ve already accomplished something. It’s a snowball effect. You will feel proud of yourself and you will want to continue to be productive.


Listen to what this navy seal admiral has to say.

If you can’t do the little things right, you’ll never be able to do the big things right. And if, by chance, you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made. That you made. And a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better!



Jeremiah 12:5 says

If you have raced with men on foot, and they have wearied you, how will you compete with horses?


This simply means, if you can’t do the little things, how are you going to expect to accomplish the big ones?


3. Keep a Calendar!


I use my Google calendar for everything! It connects straight to my phone and I always have it on me. But even carrying a PDA or other personal organizer with you will help you schedule important things easily!

I write down birthdays, special events, family dinners, doctor’s appointments – everything goes on my calendar. That way I can plan ahead if I know something will interrupt my normal schedule for that day.



4. Block out Time in Your Calendar for Important tasks


If there is something that I really want to accomplish – either daily responsibilities, or deadlines for special projects – I block out a specific time on my calendar for those tasks. I plan to be BUSY during that time. It doesn’t matter if a friend wants to go to lunch – I can’t make it during my blocked-out time.


5. Respond to Important Emails right away

On average, you will spend more time coming back to an email later than you will responding in the moment.


6. Lump Your Calls

Set aside a specific time of day where you can make all the phone calls you need to make in one setting. That will force you to keep your conversations short, sweet, and to the point because you know you need to move on to the next person.


7. Exercise


Get at least 20 minutes of physical exercise every day. Even if you just go for a walk around the block, being active will help release tension and can help get your creative juices flowing! You can come back to tasks with fresh eyes and a new outlook on how to problem solve!


8. Wash Your Dishes Every Night


Waking up to a clean kitchen first thing in the morning will make your morning smoother and you will feel more accomplished when you fall asleep that night.

A clean kitchen always puts a smile on my face and smiling first thing in the morning is a BIG deal for me (because I’m not a morning person!

#mamma needs caffeine


9. Learn to Compromise


You might not complete everything every day. And that’s okay too! Life is a balancing act and once you learn to separate the truly important from the things you can let go – you can focus your energy on what really matters.


10. Invest in yourselfThe Little Things Matter

Find time every day for yourself. Do something that makes you happy – play a game, read a book, take a nap – get some personal YOU time.



Remember, life is a journey and finding what works for you will take time. And remember, things change in every season of life, so what worked for you a year ago might not work for you today. Heck, what worked for you yesterday may not work for you tomorrow!


Learn to love, learn to give back, and take time to smile every day. You will become a more productive and happier you!


What are your favorite productivity hacks? What tasks do you NEED to do every day to feel like you accomplished something? Are there thing you can learn to let go? Let me know in the comments below.


Want more? Read my 5 Steps on How to Achieve a Goal.

Or maybe it’s time for a change? Is your Job Literally Killing You?


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  1. Mei Scarlet says:

    These are really great daily steps to take! Thank you for sharing. And just from my own recent experience, I have to second your tip to “make your bed” in the morning. It really does wonders! I never used to bother with making my bed, but the past few months I HAVE (and it only takes like 2 minutes), but I find my day always starts off better when I make my bed. It’s such a simple task, and I can’t explain how it works – but I 100% encourage everyone else to do it, too!

    As well, even the 30 minutes of minimal exercise I do daily, even something like walking – which I love. With this alone and completing simple tasks.. I find I have much greater motivation levels, and I am more determined to get things done! 😀

    • Kayla says:


      Thank you so much for your kind words! Yes, I love the feeling of walking into my bedroom with a nice, neat, made bed! I try to instill that skill into my kids too! We use to only serve breakfast once beds were made! 

      Exercise is great in any form – even just making laps around my house. 

      I appreciate your feedback and support! Don’t forget to pin the post for reference later! 

      Take care, 


  2. Rosa says:

    Hi Kayla,

    Setting up these 10 steps for our daily activities and productivity is a good idea. I can see how this can help us accomplish our daily tasks. I know there are a few steps I need to follow to keep up with what’s going on around me by using a calendar for one. I know the satisfaction I feel by doing step 2 and 8.

    Many times I have forgotten to do something that needed to get done and by the time I remember it’s too late in the day. Having posted a schedule or a note would have provided me a reminder to get something before the end of the day.

    These 10 steps are a good way of starting out to get my stuff done daily. Thank you for sharing this post.

    • Kayla says:

      Thanks Rosa! I’m so glad you found this useful and I hope you can put your take-aways into good use! I for one LOVE my calendar. 

      I makes lists everyday. I make them for my kids too. I write down what they need to get done around the house/homework, etc… I tell them they can take however long they want, but they can’t have ‘electronic’ time until it’s done. 

      I also love the satisfaction of being able to cross things off and feel accomplished! 

      I appreciate your feedback! 

  3. jessie palaypay says:

    I would usually think that we do mundane tasks like chores would be a way of avoiding the things that we should be doing. Although I can see how small things like doing dishes and cleaning your room can make you more productive.

    What do you do if some drastic events come up that you have to compromise your work time? Like a family member is in the hospital. I know that is pretty extreme and hopefully that’s never the case.


    • Kayla says:

      Hey Jessie!

      Thanks for your input. When it comes to chores and things around the house, I would refer you back to #1. Know what you ‘must – do’ for the day verses your ‘want -tos.’ If it’s something that you NEED to get done, make time for it! #4 – block that time out specifically in your calendar. 

      And yes, #9, Learn to Compromise when things come up would definitely fall under the category of a family emergency. Which, as you stated, hopefully doesn’t happen, but unfortunately they do. Not becoming overwhelmed and stressed when things come up will help your overall mental health!

      I appreciate your feedback. Thanks for helping me clarify! 

      Good luck and go rock today! 

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