How to be more productive working from home (supercharge your to-do list)

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How to be more productive working from home (supercharge your to-do list)

How to be more productive working from home (with a supercharged to-do list).

 

Here’s a little secret… I only have 2 full days each week to work. That’s client work AND working on my biz. You know, things like planning and creating new blogs, workshops, marketing, webinars,  services… You get the idea.

So how do I fit it all in? Around kids and life in general? I’m always looking for ways on how to be more productive working from home.  Being pulled in so many directions at time, it’s important we use our time wisely and in an enjoyable way.

Here’s my secret.

I’m a big fan of planning my day the night before.

 

I write down my 3 most important tasks for the day ahead and schedule in some me time too.

Things like meditating, going for a run, doing a class on YogaGlo. It’s these things that often get left behind on days when my inbox keeps rolling with new mail. But if they’re scheduled, I see them as another appointment I’m committed to keeping.

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Last night was no different.

When I got off my last client call of the day, I pulled out my to-do list and, checking over my email, started to plan what today was going to look like. Then I had a flash of inspo…

What if I wrote my to do list in the past tense?

 

Rather than project all the things I needed to fit into my day into the future, what if I set the intention out in front of me and created the momentum to make these a reality?

What if I could set the tone for how these tasks and to-do’s where going to feel and how they would be received?


How to be more productive when working from home with this simple tweak - Buttercup Ink


Here’s what my to-do list of old would have looked like for today:

> Create brand audit video + report for J

> Write blog post, prep and send newsletter

> Complete application for speakers gig at conference

> Running sessions (10 x 400m)

> Initial Skype call with B about branding project

> Meditation + journal

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Here’s what the new ‘n’ improved list looks like:

Today I…

> Sent a brand audit vid + report to J that delighted her and has given her clarity on exactly what she wants from her brand.

> Crafted + published and insanely useful blog post and connected with my tribe in a personality-packed, love-drenched email.

> Penned an application that got noticed and led to new and exciting relationships.

> Hit my running session hard + fast after school drop off and had those endorphins pumping for the rest of the day.

> Had an awesome Skype chat with B – can’t wait to get started on her branding project next month!

> Created space in the morning + the afternoon to meditate in the quiet with some pretty powerful insights coming out in my journal.

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It might take a few more minutes this way but I could instantly feel how much more intention and love there was in the words.

I could feel the momentum and excitement as I was writing them. 

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I’m going to give this method a trial run for the next few weeks and see what changes I notice.

Wanna join in?

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A few things to note…

Add some emotion

Adding words that show you how you feel when you’re in the task and also words around how it is received really helps connect you with the task at hand in a heart-centred way.

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Remember to give (and receive)

Going about your tasks and to-dos from a place of service and love is awesome but remember to be open to receive this love and gratitude right back. Put good out there – get good back. x

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Keep it short ‘n’ sweet

A list of 73 tasks is going to induce anxiety and stereo no matter how much love you inject into it!

Get clear on what are your most important tasks for the day ahead and focus on them. If you’re feeling in the flow and blast through them in half the time, then by all means ride that big ol’ wave. But putting too much on your plate only sets you up for disappointment if you don’t complete them all. Small baby steps every day is the way.

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Tick ’em off

I love the feeling of ticking those completed tasks off my list. Done, done and DONE! Progress. Productivity. Momentum. Get that pen or big bold highlighter out and show the Universe that things are happening over there.

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Do you have way on how to be more productive working from home? I’d love to hear!

10 Comments

  1. Carl
    29/07/2015

    Love this idea it’s brilliant. I will definetly this for myself. I think it will make me feel more excited for my next days to do list!
    Carla

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    • Vari
      29/07/2015

      Awesome, Carla! Let us know how you get on!

      V xx

      Reply
  2. Tracey
    30/07/2015

    This is a fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing it. Will try it out. x Enjoy the last of snuggly winter in Melbs. Love that City! <3

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    • Vari
      30/07/2015

      Agree, Tracey! Ms Melbs is pretty damn fine!

      V xx

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  3. Giulia
    30/07/2015

    i worked with lists for years, and it’s a process that I both LOVE and HATE at the same time. I love it because it gives me purpose and direction. I hate it because if I have not completed everything on my list, I get frustrated with myself. But this idea of writing list in the past tense it’s really awesome; I love it, I’m going to try it! I also love adding a “feel” sentence afterwards… Sounds… INSPIRING. Thank you Vari x

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    • Vari
      31/07/2015

      Hey there, Giulia! I’ve had a bit of a love/hate relationship with lists too. Give this little tweak a try and let us know ha you get on!

      V xx

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  4. Kate // Word Love
    31/07/2015

    Just love this Vari! I’ve been writing my to-do’s this way and it not only feels better, they get done!

    My current planner doesn’t have the perfect space to do it though…. so you might have to design a new one for me! XO

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    • Vari
      31/07/2015

      I’m ALL for things that help us get sh!t done, Kate! Create what you wish existed!

      V xx

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  5. Andrea
    01/08/2015

    Great idea Vari. I’m definitely going to start writing my lists this way. Planning with feeling. :o)

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    • Vari
      01/08/2015

      Planning with feeling – love it, Andrea!

      V xx

      Reply

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