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I wear many hats, Mom, Wife, Content Creator, and Coordinator for a Charter School here in Nashville. All of these roles require my attention daily and keep me very busy!

โฃโฃAnd to be honest, I only have two settings. I am either Super Productive or All over the place; I don’t have an in-between. I have always been like this, and over the years, I have had to learn how to keep myself on the Productive Side.ย 

School is getting ready to ramp back up, and I am working on several projects with my blog, so to stay on track, I am following 4 Simple productivity tips:

1.๐—ช๐š๐ค๐ž ๐ฎ๐ฉ ๐„๐š๐ซ๐ฅ๐ฒย 

I usually wake up between 5:00 and 5:30 am, before my family even thinks about opening their eyes. Waking up before the kids and my husband is one of the easiest ways to get ahead. I use that time to pray, meditate, and jump start my work without interruptionโฃ. I swear that I get more done in that 1-2 hours than I do all day!ย 


ย 2.๐“๐ข๐ฆ๐ž ๐๐ฅ๐จ๐œ๐ค๐ข๐ง๐ ย 

I set aside chunks or blocks of time and focus ONLY on one task. I normally set a timer for about 30 to 40 minutes and work on one task, like responding to emails or writing a blog post. When the timer sounds, I take a 5-minute break and refocus and do it all over again.ย 

To maximize my efforts, I also put my phone and MacBook on Do Not Disturb so that I don’t lose focus.ย 


3.๐“๐จ-๐ƒ๐จ ๐‹๐ข๐ฌ๐ญย 

I love a handy dandy to-do list! It keeps me on track, and there is something so satisfying about checking each item off a list.ย 

Every week I make a list in my Notes app (on my iPhone) of about 15-20 things that I need to complete.

Then each night I grab, three to four tasks from that list and paste them onto my Reminder App. So when I wake up, I know where to start.ย 

I love the Notes and Reminder Apps because they are free and already on my phone. I believe one of the keys to being productive is keeping things simple!


4. Do The Worst Firstย 

ย You have to know yourself, and I know that I am most productive early in the morning. I also know that the later it gets, the more I procrastinate, especially when it is a task that I don’t want to do. So years ago, I started knocking out my most daunting task first.ย 

For instance, I hate revising my blog posts, so when I wake up after prayer and meditation, that is the first thing I do. Once I complete my least favorite task of the day, I feel less anxious, and I know the rest of the day will be easier because I have completed my “worst” or “hardest” job.

Over the years, I have tried several different productivity “hacks” and “tricks,” but none of them have helped me to be as successful as the four that I listed in this blog. I like to keep it simple, and is that is exactly what the four tips that I listed are.

What are your tips for having a productive day?โฃ





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Hey, I'm Samantha!

I am a brunch loving, Hulu watching, photo-snapping Mom of three. I am married to my high school sweetheart, and we have been down like four flats since I was fifteen years old.

Two of my favorite hobbies are photography and travel. My favorite city to visit is Chicago!

My family and friends would describe me as funny and creative.

I look forward to sharing advice and tips that will make the Millennial Wife and Mom’s life more manageable and affordable.

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  1. To do lists are the only way I get anything done! I am super forgetful.

  2. Thank you for sharing Samantha! This is so useful! Will definitely try some of your suggestions:)


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