How To Make Your Day Productive At Home

I’m coming up on one year of being out of the corporate work force and being home with my babies day in and day out, while trying to be productive around the house and running several small businesses. I’ll be perfectly honest: it’s been a HUGE adjustment for me! Mainly because I’m one of those people who MUST feel like something has been accomplished. If I can’t feel that way, then I pretty much feel like I have failed at the day. 

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For women, managing their home and work never seems to end. Working, cooking, cleaning and every other job come, again and again, in a cycle. This continuous routine can make you feel bored. The lack of productivity creates a sense of irritation when every household responsibility comes to your shoulder. A productive day means that you do things that seem important to you and give you pleasure. It is possible if you can balance your daily responsibilities and find some free time for yourself. Otherwise, your life can start seeming unproductive and annoying to you, which is not a dream of anyone.

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Here are some exceptional tips to make your day productive at home.

Give yourself a purpose

You can start your day with a list. Include everything you want to accomplish on that day. You can add daily responsibilities and other goals such as reading a few pages of your favorite book. Every time you finish a job, keep checking the boxes on your list. This way you will feel more satisfied with your day. You will start appreciating your ability to complete tasks that you assign to yourself.

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National Clean Off Your Desk Day

A couple years ago I realized that there’s a whole different calendar system alive on the world wide web. Have you noticed it? National Strawberry Ice Cream Day, National Dress Up Your Pet Day, National Rubber Ducky Day…you get the idea.

While some of these days seem a bit, um, ridiculous, TODAY happens to be National Clean Off Your Desk Day! And THAT, my friends, is NOT ridiculous!

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Most of you know that I don’t blog full-time – I also work a full-time job outside the home in insurance marketing, and I run my own photography business. So that means that I have several “desks”. (Well, two of them are actually tables, but you get the idea!)

When it comes to my full-time job, throughout the work day my desk stays pretty messy. I’ve got a lot going on! But the last thing I do when I leave is make sure that it’s totally cleaned off and everything is put away where it goes, so when I come into work the next day, I can start with a clean desk!

My home office is used for everything else, but sometimes the work “overflows”, if you know what I mean. For instance, over the holidays, all of the workspace in the home office was taken up with blogging and Christmas parties and promotions online. I had to move all of my photography work into our dining room, and all of the Christmas work went into the room we call our “project” room. (Basically it’s a spare room we have that will be used as a nursery sometime down the line, but right now it’s closets hold all of our holiday decorations, and it also holds things like extra dining table chairs, and a work-table, too.)

There was so much going on that things got a little crazy, and to be honest, I’m still putting everything back together!

So that’s why this day is perfect, as far as I’m concerned! We’re at the start of a new year – isn’t it a great time to evaluate your working space and clean it up if need be? Imagine the benefit on your focus and productivity the rest of the year!

So, if you’re looking at a messy desk right now and you’re feeling overwhelmed, no worries at all. I have one simple piece of advice for you: MAKE STACKS.

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