5 Life Hacks to Get Stuff Done

We all have stuff to get done. And we all usually have too much stuff to fit into a day. I think we have to come to a place of contentment with the fact that we only have so many hours in a day to complete whatever tasks we have before us and focus more on what we must do rather than all the things we want to do. You know, if we made separate lists for the things we must do and the things we want to do, threw out the wants and kept the musts, our lists would likely be much more manageable.

There are some things that take priority over others, and if not we may have some things out of whack. For me, my "musts" are faith, family, friends, finance, fitness, and fun. Those are the things that I know take precedence in my life. I must make time to invest in my faith/relationship with the Lord. I must consider my family and friends and invest in those relationships. I must invest in my finances, aka work.  I must be attentive to my health. I must have fun in there somewhere to keep me uplifted. If I can take care of those things I know I will feel balanced and will have gotten what I must do accomplished.

With that being said, I am giving you 5 life hacks to help you get stuff done. These simple hacks will go a long way in helping you ensure you accomplish those things that can easily slip through the cracks of your day to day schedule.

1. Do a brain dump
This helps me immensely! I have often heard it said that you don't have a plan until it is written down. For me, the overwhelm with day to day tasks comes when I have them all shooting through my mind at once, and I can't keep up with them all. In that moment I know it is time for a brain dump. I grab my notebook and starting writing away everything that pops into my head as things that need to get done. After I get it all out on paper I can go back and prioritize to get a plan for executing each item.

2. Make your bed
Sounds silly, right? However, I am a firm believer! It is so simple but is easily adapted to your morning routine. I like implementing this because I know it is one simple thing I can accomplish first thing in the morning that sets me up for completing tasks all day long.

3. Meal prep
Obviously this isn't something you have to do every day, which is really the point. I find it SO BENEFICIAL for many reasons to take a day or two out of the week to plan out and do some prep work for your weekly meals. It saves time, it saves money, it saves brain space. When you have less to do to make a meal you are more likely to eat what you have prepped. When you eat the meals you have prepped you save money on last minute drive throughs and grocery stops. And you save the brain space of trying to figure out what in the world to make for dinner tonight. You already know!

**There are A TON of printable meal planning templates all over the place, but here are some available on Pinterest.

4. Pack your gym bag / set out your workout clothes
Whether you go to the gym or workout from home, packing your bag and laying out your workout clothes is a way to prioritize fitness in your daily routine. It really doesn't matter when or where you work out, what matters is that you do something. I think a huge mistake we can make is working out when we feel like it. Feelings come and go, and so does your motivation. Make a plan to fit fitness in your life. Decide how many days a week you want to work out. Choose the days you are going to work out. Then pack a bag or lay out your clothes so there is one less step that could make you change your mind. Making a plan to focus on fitness is the biggest step to take when making it a priority in your life.

5. Write yourself notes
Write yourself notes. Put post its around your house, on your mirror, in your car. Whether they be reminders to keep you on task, quotes that keep your head in the game, or scriptures you want to make a point of memorizing and implementing in your life, put them around where you will see them. We all have an ongoing conversation with ourselves all the time. And sometimes that conversation and self-talk can take a wrong turn and send us into a downward spiral of overwhelm, comparison, and discouragement. Put notes to yourself around that will be uplifting, motivating, and encouraging to keep that conversation with yourself going in a good direction.

What are some life hacks that you implement in your day to stay focused and get stuff done? Share them with us in the comments below!

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