21 September 2015

Productivity Tips to Do It All

Our 20's is the perfect time to try new things, volunteer and travel. However we do still have responsibilities, and side-hustles we love. Here are some tips to help you do it all and still have fun.

Don't have just a to-do list// Instead of just having a to-do list, prioritize it! Number your list, or write it down in order of importance. Social media strategies exam > dishes.

Have Meeting Agendas// We've all been in a meeting that takes f-o-r-e-v-e-r because no one can keep on task. To keep all your meetings productive (and shorter), you or the meeting leader should create an agenda to follow.

Please Buy A Planner// It can be $8 from the University Book Store, but please buy a planner. Write down important dates and to-do list items.

Find Your Most Productive time// Some people are night owls, others are morning birds. Find a time at either end of the day to do work when other people are asleep. You're going to need this time to get real work done. Think writing, brainstorming, and strategic thinking. If you're a morning person and a college student, it can be difficult but worth it to wake up 1-2 hours earlier than normal to get work done.

Take Breaks// You're brain will function better if you get up and walk around, drink some water, and eat a snack. Watch your favorite Youtuber or call your parents too!

Start & End Your Day with Lists// This may sound weird, but start you day by looking at your to-do list and editing it if need be. End your day by making a to-do list for the next day. You'll start off your day with a goal, and end your day without having to worry about your to-do list as your drift off to sleep.

Schedule Your Day// Instead of playing it by ear, schedule time for your tasks! It will keep you accountable and make you more productive! (Schedule tasks by time it will take and priority number!)

Read// You can't run your own world without knowing what's going on around you. Make sure to take some time to read! Read productivity tips, read about people who made their dreams work and read about those who failed yet succeeded later. Use them to inspire you to be productive!

Remember Your Accomplishments// While you're out doing these amazing things, take a moment to remind yourself why you're doing what you're doing. Also look back at all you've accomplished in one day.

How do you stay productive? What are your tips to do it all?



  1. I remember when I was in college I always had to plan EVERYTHING!!! Being a sorority as well took up a lot of time, so prioritizing my tasks and using my planner kept me on top of things. I would be lost without my planner, it's my LIFE SAVER!!!!!! I also found it very important to exercise. Kept me focused a lot of the time and helped reduce the college stress, most people carry! Best of luck this upcoming year!

    Monograms and Southern Charm- http://scox86.blogspot.com

  2. These are great tips! I love prioritizing my to-do lists, it really keeps me on top of things! And YES to meeting agendas!! I cannot stand when meetings run long because people are talking about nothing important. I use agendas for my sorority's exec meetings and regular meetings!

    Carley @ preppylane.blogspot.com

  3. Love this! I always list everything I need to do out until the exact minute haha

  4. I plan everything! I have lists in my planner, lists in my phone, and constant lists in my head haha

  5. Ah I NEED this. I always find myself getting distracted by the smallest things. Going to schedule my day tomorrow and see how it goes.

    Alessandra | blog.pumpup.com

  6. Yes girl, yes! Having a planner is number one on my list. Without my Erin Condren, I would be totally and completely lost!

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

  7. What a fabulous list.
    I wouldn't function properly without my planner and to-do lists.

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

  8. Staying busy keeps me productive! If I leave too much free time in my day I become lazy and the to-do list gets longer!

    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

  9. Starting and ending the day with lists for that day or the following day makes all the difference for me. Great tips for productivity!

  10. My mom was just telling me today how I need to be more productive so this is great!
    The Fashionista's Diary

  11. I am a chronic lister and type-A gal so this post made me very happy. Being productive is such a great feeling. I just started a new job so scheduling my non-work time has become a bit of a challenge, but I'm getting the hang of it!

    xx. Brittany | Southern Soul

  12. Breaks are my secret weapon! Read a page, take a break ;)

    Nicole // Chronicling Home

  13. So so so so important! I really need to work on this, I'll get there!

    Courtney//As We Stumble Along

  14. My planner is my life. No joke. It has both my life plans and teaching plans and I don't know what I would do without it!

    xo Ashley

  15. I stay productive by making to-do lists. I don't know what I would do without them! At my last job, I purchased a daily agenda that had the entire workday marked out in 15 minute increments. I marked pretty much all of my activity, breaks, etc, on there for three weeks, and it really helped me to see what my time sucks were, as well as decide what tasks I should pass along to my intern.

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

  16. This is such a great post full of great ideas! I really need to start scheduling my life out more... I tend to take too long to complete one task and then I don't have time for anything else!

    Kayla | kaylablogs.com

  17. Love the idea of prioritizing the to-do list. My job has been so hectic lately that I have to do this!!

    xo, Alicia | Alicia Tenise