I am a massive advocate of the to-do list. I started every single day looking at what I’ve got planned, and every evening planning for the next day. I’ll pop on the every day stuff; what work needs to be completed, what pictures need taking. But I also write down little reminders I might need throughout the day. Not the conventional stuff. I’m going to talk through the things I think you should be adding to your own to-do list.
Water your plants
How many of you are plant serial killers? C’mon, hands up. I’ve been guilty of it too, so there’s no judgement round here. A couple years ago now I started writing down days I needed to water the plants, and since then we’ve had no casualities! Alright, there’s been a couple (I always forget about the bloomin’ hanging plants), but it’s a massive improvement. All from writing on a to-do list once a week.
This is a massive one, and I’m sure a lot of you can relate to not taking enough time for yourself. It could be as simple as a nutritious meal or a bath and a face mask, make sure you set aside 30 minutes for yourself every day. Yes, every. day.
Now, I am not an exercise fan, at all. And I’m actually quite surprised I’m writing this at all. But it’s undeniable that we all feel better after moving a bit more. For me, it’s usually whacking on some music whilst cleaning and hoping the neighbours don’t spot my dance moves. But if walks or yoga are your thing, try to set some time every day to move a little bit and get releasing those endorphins.
Take a break
If you’re self-employed like me, it’s vital you remember to take a break during the day. Now Ada’s at nursery 5 days a week I find myself glancing at the clock, seeing it’s 4pm and I’ve worked through lunch. Taking breaks increase productivity and restore motivation, so they’re an essential part of the working day. Just don’t put it at the end of your to-do list! Put it around half way.
Drink your water
The planner I have has a little section where you can write down how many glasses of water you’ve had that day. It stares me down every single day, whilst I drink yet another cup of coffee. Dehydration can massively affect productivity, if it doesn’t sign you off for the day altogether with a migraine or eye strain, so keep sipping that water and put a reminder in your to-do list.