Need get get your life back on track? Take 7 days and get your days organized.
Most of us have been there – you’ve been meaning to organize your life, but somehow you’re struggling to keep up with your day, the laundry is piling up, you’ve had pizza for dinner all week… and so it goes. Sometimes you just need a little boost to get back on track. For everyone who found that to be a little too relatable, here’s a 7 day productivity challenge to help you get started.
Day 1 – Organize your workspace. It’s important to clear your space because it’ll help clear your mind. When your desk is cluttered it can impact your mood and how you approach your daily tasks. By spending time organizing your workspace, you’ll be kickstarting productive habits!
Day 2 – Create a daily schedule. Being clear about what you need to do each day is crucial. Go by the motto, “failing to plan is planning to fail.” Many students find that they don’t know what they should be accomplishing in one day, and how many things they actually need to do, especially when it reaches the end of the year.
Day 3 – Set short & long term goals. This is different from your daily schedule. Your planner should have small specific objectives that will help you achieve your short term and long term goals. Short term goals can be things like “reach 100 squats without stopping.” They are goals that can be accomplished in a 1 week to 6 months time frame, and will take some daily/weekly working to accomplish them. Long term goals are more like “get a 3.8 cumulative GPA this year.” Again, they’ll require you to do smaller tasks frequently to achieve the long term goals, and will take anywhere from 6 months to a few years.
Day 4 – Clean up your phone. Everyone probably knows by now how addicting your phone can be – and it’s not entirely you fault! With today’s marketing and investment in social media, it’s very hard to take time off of some sort of social media. This time, turn off all unnecessary push notifications and delete your addicting games. You can always check your notifications during your down time.
Day 5 – On this day, be sure to run a preliminary check on yourself. Are you drinking enough water every day? Are you getting some exercise each week? Are you eating right? Figure out where you’re lacking, if at all, and how you can improve.
Day 6 – Check your budget. Regardless of what age you are, it’s good to understand your financial situation. Not to just save money, but to know how to make changes if your life goes through changes. The point is that there are no surprises.
Day 7 – Review your week. A lot of people totally forget this step, but it’s actually one of the most important ones! On your 7th day, this is a time to see how you did. Did your daily schedule fit your lifestyle well? Make a quick checklist, whether it be mental or in your notebook, to see how you did, and make some tweaks as needed for the next week!
When (not “if”!) you make it through this, you’ll have a peace of mind and become used to doing a small task each day. The purpose of this activity is not to “push it to the limits” but rather to challenge yourself to accomplish something productive each day. After these 7 days, it’s up to you to accomplish your own personal, professional, and/or academic goals! It doesn’t matter how small you start off with your short/long term goals, but how much you can grow from having a routine over the years.
At the beginning and end of this challenge, I want you to comment below your goals for your week, and come back after your 7 days and tell us how you did!
So what goals do you have in mind? Share your thoughts below and maybe inspire another reader!
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