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10 Tips to Increase Productivity

10 Tips to Increase Productivity

10 Tips to Increase Productivity

January is a great time to make goals, resolutions and to attempt tasks that we would normally push aside. Why is that? It is because we feel we have a fresh start and chance to get things right in a brand new year!

However, usually half way through the month a lot of us stumble and fail to achieve the goals we set at the beginning of January.

I thought I would share with you 10 tips to help increase productivity and for possibly the first time finish off those task and goals you so badly wanted to achieve!

  1. Planning Time

I know it sounds funny to plan time to plan but a routine is great for helping you stay on track. Find a time where you can sit down even for a few minutes to jot down the important dates and times for the upcoming week. I like to do this on a Sunday, that way I feel fresh and ready to face the week on Monday morning.

  1. Commitments and Set Dates

Next only write down the set dates and commitments for the week that are a must, cannot be avoided. The best way to look at which tasks are the most important can be to see them as which tasks need my full attention and nothing else can be tackled at that time. Block out the timings you need to allow for these events.

  1. Prioritise

With the remaining time you have left, write down a list of tasks for the week. A lot of people find prioritising tasks using a number system can be very useful. Marking tasks as number 1 being important and urgent, number 2 being important but not urgent, number 3 to be not important but urgent and number 4 being not important and not urgent. Number 4 tasks are known as distractions and should only be done should tasks 1-3 have been done.

  1. Breaking down the tasks into steps

Starting with the number 1 tasks, try to break them down into more manageable steps. You must try not to move on to number 2 tasks until number 1 tasks have been completed as they were the most urgent and most important.

  1. Time Blocking

Once you know the tasks and the more manageable steps, time blocking can help you make sure you achieve the more important tasks. Pencil in the time you think you will need, again in priority order.

  1. Being Realistic

Ok, so you begin to find yourself falling into the trap of letting things slide again, you are only one person, you are not super human, even though we may feel like we are. If you find yourself stressing over the number of tasks you have and there are not enough hours in the day to breathe let alone sit down and plan everything, just take 3 tasks. 3 tasks per day on the must get done list. Tick them off as you go as it will make you feel so much better and then do the same again tomorrow until you feel things have calmed down. If 3 is too many reduce the number of tasks or the amount of time to achieve them.

  1. Planners and Diaries

I believe when we write things down we memorise them so much better than when we use technology. I know that makes me old fashioned, but there is something about writing down goals and tasks and ticking them off as I go, that gives me a buzz. (Don’t laugh, as I know there are lots of people like me out there ha ha). Planners and diaries are a great way of keeping track of things and allows you to go back and look at previous writings and entries. Funny enough I know a great business that loves making homemade planners and diaries 😉 Purposeful Planning

  1. Post It Notes

These are a must! They can be stuck around anywhere (even on your husband’s favourite piece of technology) and are a great way to remind you and other people about things quickly! Whether it be a shopping list, an appointment time for the kids or a reminder for him to take out the rubbish, post it notes are a life saver.

  1. Use Time Efficiently

Be productive with your time. Remember, we all have exactly the same number of hours each day. For example, you can use time waiting for appointments or waiting in line to catch up on something i.e. reading emails. Look at the activities that fill your day and determine ways they could either be done more efficiently or if possible remove them completely. By shaving minutes off of several tasks throughout the day, you can free up a larger block of time later. Think of two ways you could save time in your daily schedule.

  1. End of Day/Week/Month Review

Finally, I would suggest reviewing your to-do list regularly whether that be daily, weekly or monthly. This will look at what you have accomplished, what you could have done more efficiently, and what you need to get done next. Look at your daily planner and actually check off those items you’ve completed. This will give you a great sense of accomplishment and help you determine those tasks that require more time than originally anticipated.

Good luck with your goals and tasks, I hope that this year is your year to become more productive.

New Year New Plans!

New Year New Plans!

New Year New Plans!

Happy New Year Everyone. A brand new year to make brand new plans but what plans will you be making this year?

Resolutions?

Have you made any resolutions?

Perhaps you would like to become more organised within your business? Our Accounts Book is an excellent tool for keeping track of your finances.

Would you like to see more money coming in within your business? Try using our Order Book and jot down all incoming orders and keep a note of when they have been paid for and posted.

Business Book Bundle

Healthier New You? Our Medical Diary is great for helping to keep an eye on your own and your family’s health and medical records.

My Medical Diary

And one of the most popular resolution for the New Year is to lose weight after all that Christmas munching! We sell some gorgeous Diet Diaries! Our Diet Diary can help you keep track of your food and exercise intake and follow your weight loss journey. Hopefully this will give you the boost and encouragement to carry on as you see your weight loss progress written down in front of you.

My Diet Diary

Purposeful Planning’s New Plans

We are so excited about the plans we would like to implement in 2018! We are looking forward to introducing many more planners and diaries to our ever growing selection. The planners we are hoping to bring out this year are a Marketing Planner to expand our business books range, a Wedding Planner, a Mental Health Diary and a range of Children’s Notebooks and Journals.

New Year New Plans

 

 

 

NEW Diet Diaries Available Now

NEW Diet Diaries Available Now

NEW Diet Diaries Available Now

Introducing our NEW Diet Diaries compatible with Slimming World. 

new diet diaries available now

Even the most difficult tasks can be made easier with a plan, so let Purposeful Planning help guide you to a successful result! Our diet diary journal lasts for one year and can be started at any day/week/month.

With 52, week to view food logs to be able to write down the foods you have eaten, and the treats you may have to add up, weight loss trackers and graphs so you can clearly see how you are going, and a photo progress section to see your body changing to give you an extra boost, what is not to love!

It can be hard to stay on track and often we forget what we have drunk, eaten, what we now weigh and our body measurements but our diary can store all of this information for you to make it easier to refer back to.

Some days maybe better than others so on the week to view food logs we have included a today’s mood section then you can look back to which day’s plan worked well.

Need to start an exercise plan? Not a problem we have a section in the diary to help you see how much exercise you would like to attempt each week time wise, you can choose whether to aim for bronze, silver or gold fitness level.

All of these pages and lots more can be found in our NEW Diet Diaries and there are 6 front covers to choose from making your diary more personalised to you.

What makes it even better is the price, just £11 for a 12 months diary and £2.50 First Class Signed For Postage cost.

So what are you waiting for, we all need a little help to plan purposefully…

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Coming Soon

Coming Soon

Coming Soon to Purposeful Planning

Coming Soon

So a little about me, I already run a business called the Christmas Elf Service and have decided to start another venture in the form of planning books and diaries.

I am a mum of two children who is obsessed with planning everything down to a tee! Without my plans sometimes I wonder how would I succeed in trying to achieve my goals. And so this is how I came to the idea of Purposeful Planning. Planning with a purpose!

So as our new business grows we will be introducing lots of different planners and diaries. To start us off we are going to start selling a Diet Diary as many of us in January need support in kick starting our need to become more healthy after all that chocolate and turkey!
So coming soon over the next couple of weeks stay with us, regularly check out our website and our Facebook page and like our posts, as we will be showing you what our new planner is all about!