It seems like the norm now a day is to always be busy with an endless to-do list. We all have so much to do and so little time, so how can we manage our time efficiently and get the most out of the day? I mean, we all have 24 hours and if Beyonce can make the most out of it, so can you.

Happy Monday friends!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! This past weekend I was lucky to have the full weekend off for the first time in 2 months! RJ got to come to the Queen City to visit and it was so fun seeing him again. Sadly now that the weekend is over it’s time to get back on the working grind.

It seems like nowadays my things to do list is getting longer and longer and my time to complete them are getting shorter and shorter. I have started to pick up some tips and tricks over the past couple weeks to help me manage my time a little bit better and enable me to tackle my to do lists a little more efficiently and wanted to share them with you all! 

Make a to-do list
Can you really start your day without a to-do list? There’s something so satisfying about crossing off each task once you complete it. Everyone has their own method of doing to-do lists and after multiple trial and errors, I think I have found my perfect balance on how I set mine up.

Weekly to-do’s
Every Sunday I make a weekly to-do list and list out things I have/want to accomplish each day along with a running list on the side with other tasks I like to accomplish this week, but don’t have a dedicated day to do it. This way I’m able to see what all I have to accomplish for the week and balance my time out accordingly. 

I also have been using the Day Designer which if you’re not familiar with it, it is laid out a little different than your traditional planner. Instead of having a whole week on one page, each day has its own dedicated page. So having my weekly to-dos is a great way for me to see my week ahead without flipping around so much. The night before I usually transfer my to-do's from my weekly to-dos to my Day Designer spread for that day and add tasks I need to do as the day goes on. I’ll be sure to share a full post on how I use my Day Designer on the blog soon! I got this list pad from the dollar section at Target, but I’m sure you can easily make your own or find similar ones. I’ve linked a few of my favorites below.

Time blocking
I have mentioned in my How to make the most out of a busy schedule post that I have recently started time blocking and it’s been a huge lifesaver. With the Day Designer, each day is laid out from 5 am to 9 pm each day. Every week I go in a plug in my work schedule and workouts and from there I fill in the gaps of things I need to get done. If you haven’t tried time blocking out I highly recommend it! It’s a great way to look ahead and see what you need to do and when.

Find your work spot
Find a place where you’re the most productive. For some people, it’s their school library, other’s it’s their bedroom. For me, since I recently moved I cannot work in my house, I always tend to get into relaxation mode and can’t get anything done. Coffee shops are my favorite places to go and plug my headphones in and knock out my to do list. I also would recommend figuring out what time you are the most productive and get the bulk of your list tackle then. I’m more of a morning gal and tend to knock out my week’s post in the morning and other chores I have to do. 

Be Realistic
Do you really think you can tackle all 30 tasks every day? Probs not. As much as we want to be Super (wo)man, it’s just not realistic and at the end of the day we’re left drained or discouraged that we didn’t complete our list. Realistically plan your day out and you’ll likely not get overwhelmed with all your tasks for the day and complete your to do list. 

And those are my tips for being more productive! Do you have any other tips that I didn’t mention? Let me know in the comments down below! I hope you all have a great day and as always, thank you for reading! 


*This post was in partnership with Day Designer and all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting brands that support Pastel N Pink!

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