How To Increase Productivity and Get More Done

Between the housecleaning, work, kids, and school, we are all busy. The list of things to do seems to never end. We need to learn how to increase productivity with the time we have. With that being said, if we are able to prioritize, we have the ability to get more done. The ability to work smarter and not is the key component. By following these steps to prioritizing you to-do list, you should be able to get more accomplished.

How To Increase Productivity

how to increase productivity

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1. Create a to-do list. When creating this list, try breaking it down into two lists containing both long-term and long-term items. While creating these lists, keep in mind the time frame you want to accomplish everything.

2. Initially, just start writing things down as you think of them. Right now, the order is not important. You just want to start getting all of your to-do items down on paper. Besides, those things that are most important to you will probably be first on your list anyway!

3. Break it down. Now you can start to break your to-do list down into different categories. For instance, clump all of your household chores on a household list, and all of your work chores can be on a work list. You will want to continue with this concept throughout until you have categorized your entire list.

4. Decide how you want to approach the list. You can start by placing those things with the highest level of importance at the top of your list. However, if it seems everything is at the same level of importance, you can clump all of the similar items together. For instance, if you have errands to run that need to be done, then order those by location. By doing this, if your intent is to run errands after work, you can start with your errands closest to work and end with those closest to home.

5. Keep it visible. Place this list somewhere that is highly visible so you can be diligent about using it. Here is the fun part, check things off as you complete them. This way you will know that you have finished those items, plus it is fun to see how much you have progressed through your list. I find it very encouraging to see how much I have been able to accomplish by being organized and persistent. Personally, I need the visibility of my list on my Franklin Planner. It is way too easy for me to ignore my phone. My planner has worked wonders for helping me stay organized.

6. Consider your deadlines. For your tasks, you will need to consider how long it will take for you to get certain ones done. For those tasks, you can set a deadline and backtrack from there. Set a timeline on the things that need to be done to meet that deadline.

7. Do one thing on the list at a time. As enticing as it is to get multiple tasks done at once, you will actually be less effective. Completing one task in its entirety before starting a new one will ensure that you are not dropping off one to finish another. So make sure you complete one task completely and check it off your list before starting your next task.

8. Delegate. This has always been a hard one for me. I tend to feel like I have to do it all. However, you really cannot be expected to take care of it all. Delegate whatever tasks you can to other people. For instance, you can delegate some of the house cleaning chores to your children. This helps them contribute to your household, plus it frees up your time to get other things completed that are on your list.

9. Eat That Frog. This involves getting the least desirable task(s) done first on your list. This task is usually your most important one, but the one you will procrastinate on the most. However, this is also the task that will have the most positive impact on your results at the moment. There is a book titled Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time. It is a great read and goes into a lot of depth on kicking the procrastination habit.

10. Not all urgent tasks will trump important tasks. For instance, if you have some grocery items that can wait to be picked up on a different day, then wait. Give yourself the time you need to complete to the project you are currently working on.

Creating a to-do list with both long-term and short-term goals is a great way to feel more accomplished. You can start working on your list today, and create some order in your life too!

What is something you do to create organization in your household?



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I am a work from home mom who dearly loves her 15-year-old daughter, 11-year-old boy/girl twins, and husband. I love my life and feel very blessed by what God has provided for me.


  1. These are great tips! I’m glad I am not the only one that feels overwhelmed at times. I do like the suggestion not to check email for the 119th time on the picture LOL How true!!
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