Thanks to having a full-time job, a side hustle (that feels like a full-time job), friends and family who aren’t local, and friends I like to spend time with, I’m pretty much always on the go. In this blog post, I want to share with you a few of my favorite strategies to stay productive on the go.
When I think about the strides I’ve made in productivity over the last few years, the routines I’ve created have been a big part of that. While these don’t necessarily directly apply to the times I’m on the go (my routines mostly revolve around the start and end of my day), they free up so much time elsewhere. Not to mention, my morning routine has done wonders for making sure I’m on time for work each day! I believe many people struggle with routines because they try to start off with too much right away. They want to improve their productivity by immediately making a routine for each part of their life. In reality, you should be starting small. Like, really small. Instead of trying to start your entire new and improved morning routine tomorrow, start with just one piece.
Keep a To-Do List
If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you’re probably familiar with my obsession with to-do lists. I love them, and I utilize mine religiously. I’ve learned a lot about how to best use my to-do list over the past couple of years, and I love that it has allowed me to become more productive. I did a much more in-depth post on this awhile back about why your to-do list isn’t working, so I recommend that for anyone needing help with their list!
To-do lists are especially important when you’re on the go. Lately, I’ve been using Asana for my to-do list, since I have my phone with me literally all the time, and it seems to be more convenient than my usual notebook, at least for the time being.
Establish Your Priorities
When you’re balancing a full-time job, a side hustle, a home, friends, and family, etc., somethings gotta give. You can’t devote all of your time to any one aspect of your life, and it can be really challenging trying to divvy up the time you do have. One thing I find really helpful is knowing what gets cut first. What am I willing to sacrifice for my other priorities?
I often find that something that seems super important suddenly becomes less so when you compare it with the other areas of your life that actually are at the top of your list. Something might sound absolutely necessary, but what about when you put it up against your family or emotional health and have to choose which is more important? Suddenly doesn’t seem like as big of a deal, does it?
For more information on this, I think you’ll really enjoy this post on managing your time and establishing priorities!
Use Your Down Time
One thing that I’ve noticed about being on the go a lot is that I have a lot of small pockets of downtime throughout the day, rather than one large chunk. I think many people take these small time pockets for granted, and I was that way as well. It doesn’t seem like five minutes or ten minutes is enough time to do anything worthwhile, given that some tasks take that long just to get started. The trick is identifying which tasks do fit nicely in those pockets. Some things I like to do during those times include engage with my audience on social media, respond to blog comments, spend a few minutes repinning things on Pinterest or respond to emails that I can easily take care of. I love that these are all things that can be done on the go because all I need is my phone! When you add up all those small pockets of time you get throughout the week, it can actually turn out to be a pretty significant amount that you might have otherwise wasted.
Make Health a Priority
Simply put, I would not be able to be on the go as much as I am if I wasn’t making health a priority and taking good care of myself. I do this by watching what I put into my body. No, I don’t eat clean most of the time, but I do attempt to make good food choices most of the time. I also drink a ton of water, and I can physically feel a difference from just one day of not properly hydrating.