Fool Proof Steps for a Productive Day

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Usually I wake up in one of two modes. The first is this ravenous need to pop right out of bed and conquer the world before 2 o’ clock. The other mood is mostly characterized by blinking a couple times to clear my vision, noting the time on the clock, shrugging my shoulders, and concluding that 3 more hours of sleep couldn’t kill me. I have noticed I’m a much happier human being when I’m somewhere in the middle, but leaning more toward the productive end of the spectrum.

I’ve developed a routine that I swear by to help sway myself in the direction of efficiency and productivity, and away from a state of hibernation, which don’t get me wrong is totally necessary some days, if you’re sick or like super hung over because you had an awesome night making memories with friends that involved a bit too much wine for example, but not usually.

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Usually I want to get things done, and these are the fool proof things I do to have productive day and get sh*t done.


  • Get up early/Set an alarm: “Early” means something different for everyone, but if you get up and commit to starting your day even an hour or two before you normally would, you are going to feel like quite the productive person.
  • Make the bed: You are way less tempted to get back in bed if the corners of your sheets are all neatly tucked under the mattress and your comforter is folded down like you just checked into a Hilton. Believe me.
  • Drop the Phone: The first thing most people, including myself, do when they wake up is check their phone. No. Stop. DROP IT! DROP THE PHONE! Looking at your phone just leads to checking all sorts of email and catching up on your 17 social media accounts, and falling into a YouTube rabbit hole that starts with makeup tutorials and somehow turns into weird cat tricks. Then you’re left hours later wondering why you’re still in bed, so try and resist.
  • Work Out: Working out is never a bad idea, but I think doing it when you wake up is even more beneficial than usual. It jumpstarts your metabolism and releases a bunch of endorphins which make you feel good, and ready to face the day! Pro tip: If you run on the treadmill and or elliptical, use it as time to check your phone! I personally love going through my YouTube subscriptions while I do cardio. I get caught up on the latest makeup trends and what all the beauty gurus are carrying in their handbags, and it makes cardio is way more bearable.
  • Shower/Get Ready: Assuming you did the things above in order, now would be a good time to shower and do whatever you normally do to get ready. Obviously, “getting ready” varies greatly from person to person. Not everyone wears a full face of makeup everyday, and that’s okay! I think the most important thing is to get out of your pajamas. As comfy as PJs are to lounge around in, what you wear sort of sets the tone for what you’re going to get accomplished that day, and all you’re going to be motivated to do in PJs is sleep. So, ditch the sweats and slide on some jeans.
  • Plan the Day: Take some time to sit down and decide what you would like to get accomplished that day. What needs to be done? I think it’s always helpful to make a top 3, which is a list of the things that absolutely have to get done. It’s a fast and easy way to prioritize and it quickly sets a direction for your efforts.
  • Eat Breakfast: Breakfast is super important, and notice I didn’t even specify that it had to be a healthy breakfast. Just get something in your body so it has some fuel it can use for energy to power all the awesome stuff you’re going to do! Oh, you could also plan your day while eating breakfast. Two birds, one stone!
  • Reward Yourself: In between accomplishing everything on your list, take a second to reward yourself. This can be anything. A coffee, a half an hour to watch that talk show you like so much, lunch with a friend. Make sure you’re enjoying yourself and recognizing all your hard work along the way!

5 COMMENTS

  1. Robin Sayers | 13th Jul 16

    Good reminders, Molly!

    • seemollyblog | 13th Jul 16

      Thanks, Robin! I’m glad you enjoyed the post!

  2. Stephanie Dallalio | 13th Jul 16

    If I could just get step 1 down, the rest would fall into place LOL

    • seemollyblog | 13th Jul 16

      Haha step 1 is definitely the most difficult, but I believe in you! You got this!

  3. Beth Beebe | 22nd Jul 16

    Thanks Molly- love your blog.

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