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Productivity – it’s something that we all strive for.
To be productive means to get things done when they need to be done, not after it’s too late.
Being productive isn’t easy, especially with so many distractions in our world today. I’ve made this list of productive things to do when you find yourself with free time.
Instead of wasting that free time on social media or by bingeing shows on Netflix, cross off some items on this list!
You’ll feel accomplished and know that what you gone done will improve your life.
I recommend that you download this list and save it to your Pinterest account. That way, you’ll be able to access it easily the next time you have a few minutes to spare.
Here we go!
Organize your planner for the next month in advance.
Here is a great planner that will boost your productivity.
Toss out all of your expired products, including beauty supplies from makeup drawer and cleaning products from under the sink.
Delete contacts from your phone that you definitely won’t ever use again.
Go through your bank statements, review all of your paid subscriptions, and cancel the ones that you don’t need or use.
Do a social media review and unfollow accounts you don’t like anymore.
Unfollow and/or mute stories on Instagram and Facebook from people who make you feel a little shitty on social media.
Go through the photo album on your phone and delete unwanted, unneeded, and duplicate pictures you don't need anymore.
As a bonus, you could pick out the photos you love the most and order prints of them. Go old school and put them into a photo album.
Call your long-distance friends.
Listen to personal growth podcasts.
Create a to-read book list – here’s a list of my all-time favourite books.
Update your personal finances and make sure that they’re up-to-date. Check bank statements to make sure that all of the charges are legitimate and nothing looks fishy.
One time, I checked my bank statements and found that someone had been using my information to make purchases without me knowing.
I was shocked to see transactions that I had definitely never made appear on my statement – it meant that someone had stolen my card details.
This just goes to show how important it is to check your weekly bank statement to make sure that everything is accurate.
Check your emergency funds.
Don’t have one? Here’s what the definition of an emergency fund is and steps for how to create one, even if you’re on a tight budget.
Consider expenses that you can cut back on and where you can save more.
Here’s a list to get you started.
Write down all of the things that make you happy.
This is your “Happy List” and it should include 100 things that make you happy in your life. You could write it all in a journal.
Plan meals in advance.
You can use services like “5 Dollar Meal Planning” if this is a struggle for you.
They’ll send you a list of food to cook and the ingredients that you’ll need for a week’s worth of meals.
Make a list of the people you wish you in better touch with.
These could be people you love, colleagues, old school chums, workout buddies, etc.
This is list awesome to make – you’d be shocked at how easy it is to lose touch with people.
Take a quiz to discover your Myers-Briggs type.
You’ll discover more about yourself that will help you improve your life.
Draft a five-or two-year life plan.
Where do you want to be in 2 to 5 years from now? What do you need to do in order to get there?
Check out this 5 year planner.
Make a list of people you are grateful for, then text them a nice message telling them how much they mean to you.
It's about time to back up your phone and computer so that you can stop clicking “Remind me tomorrow” forever.
I'm so guilty of doing that!
Leave positive reviews for the purchases or places you love on Amazon or Yelp.
I do this every once in a while – it’s an act of kindness, as other people will rely on your review before they buy a product. Reviews are super helpful to others.
Update your resume even if you’re not searching for a job.
Your resume should be updated after every 2-3 months just to keep it up-to-date in case you need it suddenly.
Check out this resume guide.
Go through “that” drawer where you keep all of your old chargers, cords, and all of that other junk we all keep around.
Figure out what it’s all for, then toss what you don't need. Need ideas for other things to declutter?
Click here to see my list of 100 things to declutter.
Make a list of movies you want to see.
You can do this by creating a watch list directly on Netflix or Amazon Prime. Or, just do it the old fashioned way with a handwritten list or planner.
Make a grocery list.
Going to the grocery store without a shopping list can be a nightmare – you end up overspending and sometimes even forgetting what you went there to get!
But, with a shopping list, it's way easier and faster. So, have a master shopping list that you carry around or write it in note apps like Evernote.
You could also check out this grocery item checklist.
Give your closet a makeover.
I do this all the time when I'm bored. I go through the wardrobe for anything I haven’t worn in 6 months or more and check out what doesn’t fit me anymore.
Once I have that all set, I choose what to donate and what to throw away.
Be kind to someone!
There are a million different ways to perform acts of kindness. Here are 40 ideas for random acts of kindness to do.
Download and use productivity apps.
Knock the small tasks off of your to-do list.
Check out this to-do list notepad.
Plan the tasks for your to-do list ahead of time.
I do this every night or on Sundays. Planning ahead for tasks that need to be done will make it easier to check them off your list – you’ll know what to expect in advance.
Create a high-energy to-do list and a low-energy to-do list to boost your productivity.
Speaking of productivity – if you’re struggling with distractions, procrastination, and feeling like you never get enough done in the day, I think you should check out Go Get It Done, an ebook I wrote to help people just like you.
It’s full of useful tips to help you get back on track and start crossing off every single item on your to-do list.
This ebook will help you balance out life and work so that you have time to do the things that you truly love.
Click here to learn more.
Get into list making.
Make lists of anything from products you want, activities to do this summer, trips to go on, etc.
Try a bullet journal.
Organize something around the house.
There will always be something that needs to be organized, even if it’s just your underwear drawer.
Clean your keyboard and computer screen.
Here’s a list of what I use to clean my phone screen, laptop screen ,and any other electronic. I don’t use just any cleaner since some products can damage the screen and cause scratches.
Go through old documents and scan them so that you can store them digitally.
This will help you declutter papers around the house. You can get a separate document scanner if your printer doesn't already have one.
Change your phone and computer wallpaper/background.
Have something on your background that sparks joy and makes you smile.
Take an online course in something you've always been curious about.
Some days, we need more positive self-talk. Affirmations can help us be more confident, optimistic, and brave as we go through life.
Set up a password manager.
This is a list of passwords that’s kept in one secure file or app so you never lose them.
Write or update your bucket list.
Here is a summer bucket list to help get you started.
Update your apps and delete the ones you never use.
Paint all of your cheap jewelry with clear nail polish so that it lasts longer.
I do this all the time and it really works – you should give it a try.
Check out 5 productive things women do in the evening before going to bed.
Sometimes, you don't need to go to the mall. You could save time by placing your order online and having it shipped to you.
Here are a few money-saving tips when shopping online:
Spend your weekends wisely by being productive.
Here are some articles with lists of productive things to do on Saturday and Sunday:
Learn money-saving tips, like how to save money on electricity and groceries, or how to save money on a tight income.
Write in your planner,notebook, or journal.
If you don't have one, then it's time that you get one here.
There are so many health benefits that come with writing; it can help with stress management while increasing your productivity at the same time.
If you’re wondering what to write in your planner, here are some journaling ideas:
Learn a new skill for your job.
Learn a new skill that’s not for your job.
Watch a documentary.
Clear out your refrigerator.
Chances are that you’ve missed something that’s expired in your fridge, so take the time to free it up. As a bonus, organize your freezer, too.
Sign up for a class.
Maybe you’ve been wanting to learn a new skill but have been waiting to book the class.
It could be swimming classes, tennis lessons, boxing sessions—whatever you’re interested in. Get into it and make sure you reach your goal before you stop!
Become a virtual assistant and get paid $35/hr.
Want more details? Here’s a post explaining everything you need to know about becoming a VA.
Become a freelance writer.
Writers are always in high demand these days, and anyone can become a writer!
All you need to do is figure out what you’re passionate about.
Here’s a post giving more details on how you could make money, within a month, from writing.
Deep clean your bathroom.
You’ll feel accomplished when you give your bathroom good scrub and leave it smelling nice.
Clean your makeup brushes.
Take those 15 minutes and get rid of build up and bacteria that’s been sitting in the brushes.
Leave them out to dry in a cool environment, not under direct sunlight.
Look here for more tips on how to clean your makeup brushes.
Visualize your upcoming week.
Plan the tasks that you want to accomplish and write them down so that you don’t forget them. Writing them down helps keep track of the, and you get to cross them out once they’re done.
Using a weekly planner can help with that.
Upgrade your bathroom storage.
Here are some affordable pieces to spice up your bathroom storage situation.
Read a personal growth book.
Here’s a list of my favourites:
Create a master list of your current and future goals.
Plan your outfits for the week.
I do this either on Sundays or the night before.
Use a hanging closet organizer to keep your outfits separated.
Clear out the spam folder for your email account.
Make a list of things that you need.
Here’s my wishlist on Amazon, click to see it for more inspiration.
Update your passwords to keep your accounts secure.
Look for new job opportunities.
Apply and send you resumes to all of the dream companies that you want to work with.
Redecorate a room (especially the lounge and your bedroom).
Learn more about better sleeping habits.
Learn about what happens to your body when you don't get enough sleep.
Here are some interesting articles about sleep:
Revamp your routines.
Review your morning and nighttime routines to make sure that they’re still manageable. If not, try to plan out what will work for you.
Figure out a way to make more money.
Here's a post on how to make some extra money online.
Learn to cook and try out a new recipe.
Write your favourites into a recipe journal.
Create a vision board.
Try using a board that is half cork board and half dry erase board.
Take time to treat yourself with some self-care.
Take a walk in the neighborhood while listening to a podcast.
Let this be a chill, calm walk. Think about happy moments you've had, goals you want to achieve, or where you want to be 5 years from now. To spice it up, you could even listen to music while taking a walk.
Start a blog.
There are literally hundreds of topics to blog about – you could share pictures of your pet or give makeup tips, create recipes or tell readers about your day. You can share virtually anything with the world through a blog.
And, the good news is that it only costs $3.95 per month to start a blog – see more details here.
Identify and quit bad habits.
Give Yourself 10-minute self-talk: think of bad habits that you need to quit to become a better you and live your best life. Then, once you have some ideas, try and think about how can you replace these habits with better habits.
Here are a few resources about habits:
Call someone you miss, like an old high school friend or a former work colleague.
Make a list of all your friends' birthdays so you can stop relying on Facebook!
Do productive things on the weekend, too.
Here is an article that list productive things to do on Saturdays and Sundays:
There you go! This list of 78 productive activities is the perfect way to fill up your spare time.
Now that you’ve read through all of these productive things to do, be sure to download the list and save it in Pinterest – this enables you to quickly check it out whenever you want.
If you’re looking to dig even deeper into productivity improvement in your life, take a look at my ebook Go Get It Done.
This ebook will bring focus, direction, and a feeling of accomplishment to every day.
Don’t miss out on the chance to make your life better – check it out now!