The Easiest Way To Boost Your Productivity

Do you ever have one of those days/weeks/months when nothing goes as planned?  Every time you try to make a little progress, life says, “No way!” and throws another curve ball in your direction?

That has been my story for the past five weeks!

It all started with me getting sick and going to urgent care the Saturday before Thanksgiving.  Two days later I found out that I had strep and I started medication.  The next day my oldest son started showing the same symptoms.  Ugh.  Here we go!

When all was said and done, we had 5 cases of strep among 4 people.  Yup, you did the math correctly…my oldest had it twice!  My youngest also had 2 ear infections and my middle son had some kidney complications because we didn’t have him tested for strep early enough.  He never showed any signs of it!  We only had him tested because it was going around the house and he started having some other weird symptoms.

With so many trips to the doctors’ offices, the children’s hospital and pharmacy, many things at home have been neglected…dusting, laundry, cleaning the bathrooms, etc.

Yesterday, my mother was kind enough to babysit so that I didn’t have to take all 5 children to the hospital with me for a follow up appointment for my middle son with the kidney issue.  After we returned home, she stayed for another hour or so that I could made a dent in the neglected housework.

As I was reviewing my to do list, I had a light bulb moment!

the easiest way to boost your productivity

Yes, the toilet needed to be scrubbed and the bedrooms needed to be dusted, but the laundry was more important.  Why?  Because several times each morning and evening, for the last few weeks, I’ve had to stop what I was doing to help one of my kiddos find socks or underwear or the exact pair of pants they want to wear that day or matching pajamas in the massive pile of clean laundry on my bedroom floor!  That’s not the best use of my time.

I used that small window of time yesterday to attack the laundry pile in order to save myself time (and sanity) in the near future.  Now when my kiddos are getting dressed, their clothes are in their room where they can find them by themselves, which frees me up to do the toilet scrubbing and dusting. (Yippee!)

So the next time you are reviewing your to do list, really think about the best use of your time.  Do something that will make you more productive in the long run!  Do something that will free up your time to tackle the other items on your to do list.

For me it was the laundry pile, but maybe for you is the pile of paperwork on your desk or kitchen counter.  Do you spend precious minutes every day looking for the bill you know needs to be paid or the permission slip your child needs for school?  Tackle that pile of paper and file it so you can find what you need quickly and easily.

Do you pack your child’s lunch every morning and does it usually include sliced cucumbers and a zip top bag of pretzels or crackers?  Slice up a week’s worth of cucumbers and store them in the refrigerator in small baggies or reusable containers.  Portion out a week’s worth of pretzels or crackers.

Other ideas:

  • Cook a double batch of your family’s favorite recipe and freeze half for a quick, easy meal next week.
  • While you have all of the dry ingredients out to bake your family’s favorite cookies (or pancakes or bread), create your own baking mixes for the next few times you make them.

By organizing your to do list based on which items will save you time down the road and doing those first, you will boost your productivity.  Pretty easy, right?

Please let me know in the comments what you are going to do first to boost your productivity!  Today I’m finishing up that laundry pile!

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