Three Little Things

If you're anything like me, it's been hard during this time to find any kind of motivation to be productive. For the first week of quarantine, I was sleeping in, eating at any time of the day that I wanted, working late into the night, and binge watching shows. It's hard to convince yourself to keep the house clean when no one's going to see it for months!

Second week of quarantine, I realized that I missed having some structure to my day, and the sense of purpose and fulfillment that comes with projects. So, I started to adapt a strategy that's worked for me in the past (and also got inspired by someone I follow on Instagram who was doing the same thing and came up with a cute template!) which completely turned my frame of mind around!

The concept is simple- at night, write down three goals for the following day. They can be work-related, home projects, or just something you've been putting off for a while. Then, when you wake up, you'll have a few goals in mind (which always spawn off into taking care of more work once I get started).

For my goals, I usually try to make one centered around creativity, one to get me moving, and one related to cleaning. I also keep a separate list of tasks for work, but sometimes if I have a big project to complete I'll add that to my home list as well!

A few examples of goals I've made in the past few weeks-

Creative Goals

  • Learn a new song on saxophone
  • Write and finish a blog post (this one!)
  • Bake something (most recently made lemon zucchini bread)
  • Spend an hour cross-stitching

Exercise Goals

  • Take a yoga class (Yoga with Adriene is my favorite, but lately I've been taking classes on Peloton app)
  • Spend 15 minutes stretching
  • Go for a run
  • Take Selma for a wine walk (still going strong with weekly #CoVino walks!)

Cleaning Goals

  • Deep clean one room (so far I've done the basement, kitchen, and bedroom)
  • Organize file cabinet 
  • Declutter bathroom closet
  • Wash towels, sheets, and blankets

Usually, I like to do more fun goals on Fridays as a treat (like watching a concert from the Berlin Philharmonic or Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, or taking a relaxing bath), and larger goals on the weekends (yard work or more time-intensive cleaning). Today my goals are do laundry, take Selma on an afternoon walk, and celebrate Friday with some wine and a concert.

I hope this helps you if you're looking to be more productive, or just cross some items off a never-ending to do list. Sometimes it helps to just write things down, and feels so good when you can cross it off!!

How are you staying productive while staying in?
What's one thing you've accomplished this month?


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