How To Get More Done In a Day

How To Get More Done In a Day

This week-end was the inaugural Off The Charts Live conference, and I’m still floating from pulling off my first big live event!

As promised, the women (and men!) who attended the event were Off The Charts: smart, supportive, and up to great things in the world.

I’m still floored that we were able to put this event together in just 3 months while keeping the Nathalie Lussier Media ship running, so today’s topic is definitely something I can speak on.

How To Get More Done In a Day Without Overwhelm

My 7 Tips For How To Get More Done In a Day

I’m going to share with you the simple steps that I take to get more stuff done without feeling overwhelmed.

1. Write down your 3 most important things for the day. Bonus points if you’re using a beautiful Whitney English strategic day planner. Whitney sent some of these beauties to us for our sponsored gifts at Off The Charts, and I loved them so much I ordered one for myself.

How to get more done in a day

2. Do one of those things at a time and reduce distractions. Multi-tasking is not all it’s cracked up to be, it just slows you down. If you need a break, don’t surf social media – instead take a walk, a nap, or stretch.

3. Break big projects down into do-able bite sized chunks. There’s nothing like looking at a huge mountain you need to climb to make you want to turn around… instead, focus on putting one foot in front of the other.

4. Close the loops: if there’s something on your mind, write it down and get back to it later, or if it’s quick handle it now. If you get a new idea for a blog post, write it down in your Life Is Messy planner. Did I mention that the lovely Mayi Carles sent some goodies to give away at our event too? Incredibly useful, adorable, and so smart!

how-to-get-more-done-planner

5. Consider your bandwidth – you can get a lot more done if you’re doing less.

This may seem counter-intuitive at first, but focusing on one project at a time will absolutely help you get more done in a day. Having too many projects going on at once can reduce your capacity to get work done.

Think of a highway: it’s fine when there are just a few cars, but once you had a bunch of cars, things really slow down.

It’s the same for projects and todo items, even if you’re not working on them concurrently you’re still thinking about them.

That’s why I love my big wall calendars, because I can dedicate months out of my year to certain projects and keep others open.

6. Leave breadcrumbs for yourself. Sometimes you need to do research to figure out how to do something, or you end up getting sidetracked on a project.

Write down what you were originally going to do before you dive into these sub-tasks. These breadcrumbs will guide you back to your original purpose, without making you feel disoriented and confused. You can then get back into the groove that much faster, and get it crossed off your to-do list!

7. Take time away from it all to decompress and rest. A little R&R goes a long way toward helping you achieve your goals and stay productive.

I recently read an article about the so-called benefits of being a workaholic… but I have to say that I wouldn’t be proud of working 70+ hours per week, because that pace is not sustainable or healthy. Stick to a more balanced approach to work, and you’ll feel much better and have more energy to contribute to your business, too.

When you ask yourself how to get more done in a day… what’s your best strategy?

I’d love to hear about your experience with getting more done without getting overwhelmed. Leave a comment below, I love hearing from you!

27 Comments

  1. Margaret LeDane on May 8, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Thank you Nathalie! I love all of your tips and I have implemented most…especially the plugins you recommend. Awesome!



  2. Claire Stone on May 8, 2013 at 9:07 am

    brilliant! I especially love the idea of leaving breadcrumbs. This will make it sooo much easier for me to get back to where I was!



  3. Kim Wendkos on May 8, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    I love the idea of just picking the 3 most important things to do. I always have so many different types of things I need to do that sometimes I feel like I am running in every direction getting a little bit of everything done, but not one thing completely done. I'll take your advice and not multi-task as much! Thanks Nathalie Lussier!



    • AliceAnne Loftus on May 8, 2013 at 6:02 pm

      I needed to read that…now on to my list!



  4. Rm Sorg on May 8, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    I love lists and breaking down my day into 1 hour set for this project or 1/2 hour for this task.. When I DO this I am much more productive! Thanks for the points! Love them!



  5. Erin Madore on May 8, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Great tips! I love using Workflowy to keep track of all my projects and to do lists!



  6. Caroline Frenette Master Intuitive Coach on May 8, 2013 at 10:13 am

    I definitely get more done when I also allow myself time to get centered & grounded first. That means yoga, a few hours at the spa or playtime with the puppies :)



  7. Marsha on May 8, 2013 at 10:22 am

    the breadcrumbs thing is GENIUS. I often have to use facebook and twitter for work things. I pop on there to check an email, see that I have notifications or replies, then BANG! Down the rabbit hole I go, forgetting why I was there in the first place.

    These are AWESOME, thank you!

    Marsha



  8. Marsha on May 8, 2013 at 10:24 am

    PS my tip is: I just discovered Astrid (free online to-do list) which is changing my life a bit in terms of remembering and prioritizing my tasks.



  9. Katy on May 8, 2013 at 10:24 am

    ♥ LOVE ♥ this, just what i needed today. I was feeling overwhelmed since I am in the middle of a month long project, and know to break it down into smaller chunks, however i am sometimes my own worst enemy. Seeing this email in my inbox brought me back to reality and helped me refocus. Thanks so much :)



  10. Juliet Erickson on May 8, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Thanks Nathalie- very helpful. Very doable!



  11. Link to Yourself on May 8, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Natalie, these are all very helpful tips! I actually find the most helpful for myself to create a list every day which I divide into two columns: Me, and God. In there I write what I need to get done in that day (and star the most important things), and then what I would like God to do for me that day. That way I don't feel like I'm trying to do everything alone. I ask God for guidance, intuition, and creativity, and I find that, the more I do this exercise every day, the more things I find to add to the God column instead of the Me column, and the more I can get done without getting overwhelmed. I love that planner by the way, it's so adorable!



    • Andra Stone on May 8, 2013 at 6:20 pm

      it's funny, but one of the most important things i'm learning along my journey is that you ARE god. we are all god. we're pieces of an infinite consciousness that seeks to experience itself through matter. the biggest deception we imposed on ourselves as humans, is the idea of separation. that we are separate from god, from each other, from the rest of the universe. when you understand that you are god, that you ARE that energy you are praying to, that's when you begin to see the magic in life. that's where The Secret ties in, that's where you can make a decision to take full responsibility for the enormous power you have, and start experience life as something that happens THROUGH you instead of TO you. a lot of people can't handle that kind of responsibility and choose to live under the illusion of separation. it is their choice and really there's no wrong or right, just different experiences…



    • Linda Basta on May 8, 2013 at 8:40 pm

      I loved your post. I need to rely more on God…not on me.. to direct my path. He says..'then we will have good success' (-:



    • Link to Yourself on May 9, 2013 at 1:28 pm

      Interesting. Indeed, maybe when you do this you just acknowledge that greater power within you as well. You don't expect your physical self to do it all. You direct a lot of it to your higher self (your intuition, God, the Universe). Linda, that's absolutely right! In the end, God will speak to you through your intuition.



    • Mercy Wolf on May 9, 2013 at 9:29 pm

      Andra Stone Wow Andra, I never usually read comments under blogs but for some reason I did this time and went straight to this. Well said. We are all God expressing through us, and our job when things are so busy and hectic is to get into the flow. The mind is what is making us feel so busy and out of control and unable to keep up. The more we can connect with the true self behind the mind, the one who watches what's going on, the more we can trust our intuition to do the right thing at the right time, and the more flow there is.



    • Elizabeth on August 21, 2013 at 9:16 am

      I feel true recognition with the above comment, not because I am a God freak (well, I am I suppose) but the energy through belief in magic and support from etheric realms is so incredibly real and brings in extraordinary help when needed, and always at just the right time. Having read Nathalie’s 7 points today I have decided to definitely get a large wall calendar, been thinking to get one for ages. Nathalie is a great world leader, thank you Nathalie. I’ll get the wall calendar, but I sure am going to do the “Me” and “God” columns from now on – oh, and continue to read all your fabulous downloads. :)



  12. Susan on May 8, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Hi Natalie, I have been following you for the last few months,I Love your ideas! Thank you so much. I typically start the week off on Sunday with a Master To Do list. I write down every possible thing I would like to try and accomplish for the upcoming week. Once written down ,I prioritize each item. 1)Must be done This Week. 2)Due next Week 3)Future Projects,etc. Since I have lots of post it notes all over my office of blog post ideas,video ideas, new product& designers to review, I love the idea of the planner idea! I have a calendar,but there is never enough space to write or keep most of the information I need,so I will check out The Day Designer Planner. Thanks Again!!! Please keep those great ideas coming,I need all the help I can get!



  13. Nathalie Lussier on May 8, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Loving all these comments, keep ’em coming! Like Susan said, we can use all the help we can get when it comes to getting more stuff done. :)



  14. Jadah Sellner on May 8, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Nathalie, this was great! Of course while reading this post, I got lost in checking out the amazing offerings from Whitney and Mayi instead of tackling my to-do list. I love the write down your top 3 things to do. But I find with my case of shiny object syndrome, I need to write just one thing down for the day to really focus. Plus, it helps to still write the master to-do list (for the week), so I can peak at it when I finish the #1 priority task. My brain can’t breathe if I don’t put the random to-dos on a piece of paper. I recently went back to paper (and I’m totally wanting to bring the Franklin Planner back). As much as I love my iPhone nothing beats writing down your list and crossing it off with a big fat line when completed. :-)



  15. Linda Basta on May 8, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Thanks for this post. Love the way you break things down so simply



  16. Camalo on May 8, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Thank you, Nathalie, for your videos! Your advice is always helpful and totally trustworthy! I use Trello for organizing my projects and keeping a clear map of where I’ve left off and what I still have to finish. It’s also an easy way to plan into the future and work with teams.



  17. Corrina Gordon-Barnes on May 9, 2013 at 4:37 am

    Great tips, I adhere to the “single-tasking” you advise in Step #2 – multitasking is SO last year :)

    The one I’ll add is: check email just once (or if ABSOLUTELY necessary, twice) per day, for a finite period of time, and then turn it off. Email is generally reactive and usually we have more than enough proactive work to be getting on with. This strategy makes a big difference to my productivity.



  18. Marsha Jaramillo on May 9, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    I also use a day planner that I made myself. I take a vintage little golden book and attach a 6×8 planner and it works great! I also work from 11 to 3 each day. Setting my hours of work helps me stay focused and I get so much done this way. I have tasks set aside to complete for each day of the week. Tuesday at 4 is my weekly training class with my website members. They love the fact that they know I'll be there rain or shine! http://www.marketsofsunshine.com Thanks for these great tips. I learn something I can use each time I read them.



  19. Jess Greene on May 10, 2013 at 8:09 am

    There are great tips, but I think a lot of this really comes down to knowing yourself, how you work best, and how your natural cycles of productivity happen. Fascinating stuff that I’m really getting into lately. :)



  20. Pamela Hirsch on May 25, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Great post, Nathalie. I love how you’ve broken it down into simples steps which are really in line with your overall message of focusing on one thing at a time. Pat Flynn had a great podcast on the idea of doing one thing at a time just the other day with some great experiments to back up the idea. Here’s a link for any of you who might be interested. http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/most-powerful-productivity-tip/#more-8385



  21. jass on May 7, 2016 at 6:35 am

    Tips are Awesome.Also thanks for your video.