Since moving back to Australia I have had the longest list of projects that I have wanted to do – in business but also in LIFE.
It’s taken a bit of effort but I have slowly worked my way through it, and I wanted to share a few things I’ve been doing to be productive and stay focused and motivated.
You guys know I’m a lover of lists! And I’ve also heard from a lot of you that you want to do more projects but don’t know where to start, so consider this a sign. In this post I’ll be sharing with you a few of my tips, in collaboration with Openpay.
Make a list
I am a list addict, I have to admit. Honestly, I don’t think I would be able to get anything done without my lists, so it’s a good idea to start a list of what you want to do. This is a great first step!
As much as I am a list lover, I’m the first to admit that a LONG list can be over- whelming, paralysing in fact. So something useful that I do is put a star next to three key things that I want to achieve this week. I also migrate items to the following week that I can’t conceivably do, and then cross anything off that I don’t really need to do. This feels so freeing and is also useful for making it easier to feel productive.
Source Your Materials In Bulk
Sourcing can be challenging when you’re short on time, and one of those things that you can put off that delays the whole project. One way I have tackled that is to try to carve out an afternoon of sourcing where I get all the materials for a bunch of projects. This requires you to be organised but it’s useful as you have everything you need for a while. I drop in to places like Bunnings and Spotlight to get everything I need in one go. It’s exhausting but worth it.
Time! Oh where do you go? One thing getting in the way for lots of us is the fact that we don’t have any time. I feel you! One way I get around this is to combine leisure/ relaxation time with a project – watching TV and weaving, listening to a podcast while I sort a cupboard. It’s not glamorous but it works, and helps to make a boring task feel easier.
Finally, Give Yourself A Break
Sometimes, you just need to put your feet up. A bit of downtime usually helps to reinvigorate me so I can enjoy my projects more. I find it useful to look back at what I’ve achieved already, and focus on that, rather than the things that need to be done in the future.
In the last few weeks I feel like I have done so much – I have built hanging storage in the kitchen, settled Ollie into the house by making him a dog bed, built Frankie a bookshelf, and completely reorganised my storage in the whole house. For these projects I’ve sourced my materials from Bunnings, Spotlight and Pet House, and paid using Openpay. In case you didn’t know, you can now shop at all these stores (and lots of others) using Openpay, an interest free payment option that allows you to responsibly tailor the amount and length of your payment plans. As with all credit products, you should do your research, before you decide if this product is right for you.
This post is in collaboration with Openpay.