Productivity and Mental Health – Time to Talk Tuesday

I was scrolling through pinterest as per usual and I saw a pin on something called an “every damn day list” that intrigued me as I firstly love lists and secondly I am always looking for different ways to increase my productivity; especially on the days my mental health has taken a nose dive! The original post can be found here but I will quote the original post here too.

What I liked about this idea is that it is a list of small things that take less than 15 minutes and will make you feel productive no matter how unproductive your day has been. This would be especially good for someone who struggles to get out of bed, eat, drink or just in general doesn’t want to do the small things for whatever reason. I think it is a great idea and I thought about mine for awhile but this is how Sarah from Yes and Yes explains how to do it!

HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN EVERY DAMN DAY LIST

Of course (of course!) everyone’s Every Damn Day List will be different. I need to be reminded to drink water, but maybe you’re an ace hydrator! ‘Reply to 3 emails’ would never, ever need to be on my list, but maybe it should be on yours?

These four questions will help you create your own Every Damn Day List.

WHAT’S THE SMALLEST POSSIBLE ACTION THAT WILL MAKE YOUR SPACE FEEL NICER?

Examples:

  • Spend five minutes cleaning the kitchen
  • Make the bed
  • Run the Roomba (no, I will never stop proselytizing about Roombas!!!)
  • Swoosh a lintroller over your upholstered furniture
  • Open the window for five minutes to air out your space

WHAT’S THE SMALLEST POSSIBLE ACTION THAT WILL MAKE YOU FEEL HEALTHIER?

Examples:

  • Go outside for 20 minutes
  • Drink two glasses of water
  • Eat at least one fruit or vegetable
  • Stretch for five minutes before you go to bed
  • Drink a cup of green tea
  • Put your legs up the wall

WHAT’S THE SMALLEST POSSIBLE ACTION THAT WILL MAKE YOU FEEL BETTER EMOTIONALLY?

Examples:

  • Say something nice to someone
  • Look at old photos on Facebook
  • Send a funny text to a friend or family member
  • Tag someone in a funny meme
  • Close your eyes and take five deep breaths
  • Listen to a song you loved in high school

WHAT’S THE SMALLEST POSSIBLE ACTION THAT WILL MAKE YOU FEEL ON TOP OF YOUR LIFE?

EXAMPLES:

  • Wear perfume or cologne
  • Spend five minutes replying or deleting old emails
  • Check your bank account balance
  • Lay out your outfit for tomorrow
  • Clean off your desk

HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR EVERY DAMN DAY LIST

PUT IT SOMEWHERE YOU’LL SEE IT EVERY DAY

Next to your desk! The lock screen on your phone! The screensaver on your computer! It doesn’t matter where it goes, it just matters that you’ll see it every damn day.

DON’T PUT MORE THAN FIVE OR SIX ITEMS ON IT AND MAKE THEM SMALL!

Fellow Type-As, I see you over there, making a 22-point list in which every item takes 2o minutes. Stop. This should be a super short list, populated with hilariously doable things. If any given item takes more than 15 minutes – off the list it goes! If you can’t imagine yourself doing this thing after a long hard day, it shouldn’t be on the list.

Every item that goes on your list should be tiny; almost laughably easy!

So my Every Damn Day List to increase my productivity rate is as follows:

  • make the bed – for starters 00Steve will be happy and it is a good habit to get into as your bed is often the biggest thing in your room and if it’s made your room seems tidy
  • tidy around my chair – this is my space and it is currently piled high with knitting and blog stuff that 10 minutes a day just to tidy it up will make a big difference to me and 00Steve (he has severe OCD with things being in correct places)
  • drink 3 glasses of water a day – now as an ostomate hydration is highly important and it is just generally good for you!
  • put make up on and do my hair – if I don’t do my hair it isn’t the end of the world but I would like to think in 15 minutes I can at least have done my make up and tied up/brushed my hair, plus I always feel better once I do
  • listen to music – I try to listen to music everyday because it really does help with my mental health and I can often regulate my emotions depending on the playlists I have

Thank you to Sarah for creating this idea because I think it is very useful for people to feel productive;  as productivity and being productive is in the eye of the beholder and when you struggle with mental health every little thing can seem like a chore so hopefully this will help others.

If you missed the last instalment of Time to Talk Tuesday’s click here!

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