Aaand… it’s almost February! That’s why I’m coming at you with a new exciting challenge: just because February is short, doesn’t mean it cannot be the most productive month you had this year! So, to shake ourselves off from January blues I propose: The 28-day productivity challenge. It’s going to be bit cheaty because we will officially kick start it on the first Monday of the month which is actually 5th of February. I mean, you can start it anytime, but that’s when I’m going to be posting on Twitter like crazy, giving you all the tips and tricks + inspiration to get you through it.
Another thing, just because this challenge is meant to start on 5th of Feb, it doesn’t mean you cannot start it any Monday of the year. Even if you are a little late – just join in whenever you’re comfortable – I’m not here to tell you what to do, I’m just there to inspire you!
Productivity is not cramming as many stuff to your schedule as possible. Productivity is for me a good balance, which surprisingly (or not) brings better results than the cramming thing. I mean if you are well rested, you able to focus better for example. If you are happy with yourself and come from the place of calm – it’s easier to get motivated. If you are more focused it’s easier to identify what are the tasks you need to do and what are the tasks that you can let go of.
I have adjusted it, to fit my style better – I mean it does include some self-care ideas, as hear me out here – self-care basically guarantees being more productive. So, in a moment you will see the really cool graphic I made solely for this productivity month, but remember that if you scroll down past it, you will see all the tasks with more of a detail and tips & tricks how to make it really successful. That’s why without further ado I would like to present this infographic I made to make more sense of this challenge:
5th of February, Monday
DAY 1: WAKE UP AN HOUR EARLIER AND MEDITATE FOR 20 MINUTES – Let’s start it with the bang! I know it’s a whole hour – but how great would it be to have a whole HOUR more in the morning to do all your favorite self-growth practices, so you are really will lay yourself a good foundation for the rest of the day. If you haven’t tried meditation yet, I have been writing about it here:
➝ SEE: LITTLE GUIDE TO MEDITATION
6th of February, Tuesday
DAY 2: DO THE TIME AUDIT – So basically, you will have to track how much time exactly takes you to do certain things – whether it is personal or work. Especially little distracting things like watching TV. Now, slowing down and watching something you want to watch can be a great self-care practice, but not if it takes you 3-4 hours daily. Doing the time management audit is a great way to “find” additional time for everything that you always want to do but have an excuse not to. To read more about time audit click here.
➝ SEE: TIME MANAGEMENT AUDIT
7th of February, Wednesday
DAY 3: PICK ONE HABIT YOU WANT TO CULTIVATE AND START DOING IT – The hardest part is always starting something. That’s why today I will make the decision for you – start a good habit. You could do anything from meditation to yoga, from running or walking to practicing affirmations. The world is your oyster in this instance. Just do it. That’s your task for today. Commit. My habit tracker will help you with this and with time you will see how rewarding it is seeing a streak of coloured squares next to the habit you wanted to implement.
For inspiration: DO IT TODAY!
For inspiration: HOW TO STOP BEING AFRAID OF CHANGE
8th of February, Thursday
DAY 4: HAVE A NO-BINGE DAY + TRY SINGLE TASKING FOR A DAY – So, here’s the thing – multitasking is not at all what people cut it out to be. How are you meant to enjoy the journey called life while you always doing something while doing something else simultaneously? If you cannot fully focus on one thing, how will you experience the joy of staying in the moment? How will you find out what makes you happy and what makes you miserable if you are constantly doing multitude things at the same time? It might be good to check the goals off the list at the end of the day, but it’s not good for you. You are always more productive when you are focusing on one thing, despite it seeming to be illogical.
9th of February, Friday
DAY 5: REVIEW YOUR WEEK – Be ruthless – analyze your week and see what eaten up the most time. Was it useful to you? Did it make you happy? Or just gave you instant gratification? Think about eliminating it from your life or at least minimizing the time spent on this activity.
10th of February, Saturday
DAY 6: SLEEP FULL 8 HOURS – Yay! It’s finally a self-care day. Spend the day as you see fit, but get that full 8 hours of blissful sleep to really recharge.
11th of February, Sunday
DAY 7: HAVE DAY OFF – It’s a day off! You earned it. Enjoy it, but don’t forget to squish in some self-care inside of this day, to fully recharge and prepare yourself for the next week of productivity! Also as it Sunday and as a way to motivate yourself for the coming week, you might want to pick up one of the books I recommended here. (link will be available 11th of February)
12th of February, Monday
DAY 8: ORGANIZE YOUR WORKSPACE – Despite to what you might actually think, the environment in which we are, has a lot to do with our wellbeing and in the same chain of thought with our productivity. If you spend 8 hours a weekday behind the desk that is untidy and unorganized, that might be part of the reason why you get so mentally exhausted after 3 or 4 first hours of work…
If you are working from home, check out those 7 tips to remove clutter.
13th of February, Tuesday
DAY 9: VISUALISE YOUR PERFECT PERFECT DAY – and then honestly compare it to your life now, but not in the mean, judgemental type of way. It’s just this way it will be easier for you to decide what it is really that you want from life. Plus, if you make a visualisation a habit it can actually be really helpful with achieving your goals, whether you believe in Law Of Attraction or don’t – it grounds you and locks your focus in place. Helps you program your subconscious mind to actually figure out how to achieve it, gives you confidence boost… and it just feel good.
14th of February, Wednesday
DAY 10: PICK 3 PRIORITIES FOR TODAY AND DO IT BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE – Prioritising is something that I often take for granted. But – I struggle with perfectionism, so I’m not pleased if all the boxes aren’t checked. It does, however make thing easier when I actually bother to do it and I actually find myself more effortlessly productive as it takes off the edge of having to do everything. I think it’s very much like with building momentum – once you are cracked those 3 most important things, you don’t feel as pressured, but at the same time you have already added some fuel to the fire by smashing few things, so it all actually flows better.
15th of February, Thursday
DAY 11: HAVE A SUPER HEALTHY BREAKFAST TODAY – You should really do it everyday, but if you are really bad at nutrition – just like me – you know it’s easier said than done. Make today different and have something protein rich in the morning, so your brain is satisfied and you can focus on the tasks at hand instead of your grumbling belly. To get some food inspiration check out my Healthy Breakfast Pinterest Board here.
16th of February, Friday
DAY 12: AUTOMATE ONE OF YOUR DAILY TASKS – Not all the tasks are able to be automated, but some of them are. As I don’t know what you are doing on the daily basis, I don’t really know which of them you are going to automate, so I cannot really give you an accurate advice. Although, I’m sure you can figure out this one for yourself.
17th of February, Saturday
DAY 13: CELEBRATE YOUR WINS – What have you achieved this week that you are particularly proud of? This is the moment to be braggy! Celebrate your wins however you feel fit: take a long bath, cut loose, have a nice dinner, binge out on some tasty food or throw yourself a party! Whatever floats your boat – today is all about you baby! You did it!
18th of February, Sunday
DAY 14: REWARD DAY – Do you remember celebrating all the wins yesterday? Now it’s the time to reward yourself. Get yourself a new shiny thing, book a massage or facial, have an hour to yourself or maybe even see a movie? Whatever you like! Good job for nailing two weeks of productivity. You are halfway!
➝ SEE: IMPORTANCE OF REWARDING YOURSELF (link available on 18th of February)
Can’t believe how fast this week went by! Were you feeling more productive? Did my advice worked for you? Let me know in the comments.
19th of February, Monday
DAY 15: SET WEEKLY GOALS AND PLAN THEM ACCORDINGLY – Dreaded Monday again, huh? Let’s kickstart this week with setting some goals for this week. Don’t forget to set a deadline for each and put it in your calendar. Annd… You could try this really cool method of planning goals called Goal Mapping.
➝ SEE: ALL ABOUT GOAL MAPPING (link available 19th February)
20th of February, Tuesday
DAY 16: GO FOR A WALK OR RUN TO CLEAR YOUR HEAD – Sometimes, in order to get productive we need to remove a mental clutter from our heads. What better way to do it than some physical exercise? Even if you don’t have time today, please squish in at least some yoga or cardio in the morning. If you really can’t do it today, please consider other ways to remove mental clutter. You can read about it here. (link available 20th of February)
➝ SEE: REMOVE MENTAL CLUTTER – BEST TIPS AND TRICKS TO CLEAR YOUR HEAD (link available 20th of February)
21st of February, Wednesday
DAY 17: LISTEN TO MOTIVATING PODCAST ON THE WAY TO WORK – Get your productive groove on right in the morning and get yourself in the fifth gear right in the morning. Having a trouble finding a good one? Well, I got you because I published a list of a few of my favourite ones just today! You can check it out here. (link available 21st of February)
➝ SEE: MOTIVATING RESOURCES – PODCASTS & TED TALKS (link available 21st of February)
22nd of February, Thursday
DAY 18: TRY POMODORO TECHNIQUE TODAY – Try working in 25-5 intervals today if you are able to and see if that helps you accomplish your to do list faster. The basics are very easy: You spend 25 minutes working and 5 minutes having a little break. It’s easier to get a razor sharp focus on task at hand this way as the interval is not too short nor the break is too long for you to loose focus. There’s of course variations like 50-10 if you have longer tasks on hand. If you want to learn more about Pomodoro technique check out my post here. (link available 22nd of February)
➝ SEE: HOW TO WORK WITH POMODORO TECHNIQUE (link available 22nd of February)
23rd of February, Friday
DAY 19: HAVE A MINIMAL TO-DO LIST TODAY – Cut yourself some slack and have a small to do list today. Did you know that about 20% of things you do brings about 80% results? The only trouble is to identify those things. Pick the most important things to do today and just do them. Then take the rest of the day off if you work for yourself because it’s FRY YAY and you are doing amazing!
➝ SEE: DETOX YOUR TO DO LIST! HOW TO IDENTIFY WHAT BRINGS THE MOST RESULTS? (link available 23rd of February)
24th of February, Saturday
DAY 20: TRACK YOUR HYDRATION – another self-care day! Today make a point of noting your level of hydration. If you want to find out my no fail way of tracking my water intake it’s all here. (link available 24th of February)
➝ SEE: BEST WATER INTAKE TRACKING APP ON THE APP STORE (link available 24th of February)
25th of February, Sunday
DAY 21: ➝ SEE: DAY OFF – take this day off! Yay! Another one of those.
26th of February, Monday
DAY 22: CREATE A MEAL PLAN FOR A WHOLE WEEK – There’s no better way to keep on top your snacks intake and nutrition than having a clear meal plan. It’s an amazing way to save money by avoiding impulse purchases and doing a light meal prep so it’s faster and easier during the week. Also it reduces decision fatigue during the week. Few tips and trips and nifty printable to check out here. (link available 26th of February)
➝ SEE: MEAL PLANNING 101 (link available 26th of February)
27th of February, Tuesday
DAY 23: CREATE A MORNING ROUTINE AND STICK WITH IT THIS WEEK – Having a defined morning routine is like you are laying down foundation for a whole day. It is always great to implement some self care and personal development into it. To check out what I am doing daily to remain calm, sane and productive check out some tips and tricks + my morning routine here. (link available 27th of February)
➝ SEE: UPDATED MORNING ROUTINE AND TIPS AND TRICK TO CREATING A SUCCESSFUL ONE (link available 27th of February)
28th of February, Wednesday
DAY 24: PLAN YOUR DAY A NIGHT BEFORE – Instead of creating a to do list in the morning or in the middle of a day, try creating one a night before. This way you might be a bit more ruthless on yourself and in result achieve more next day. To mix things up try to plan it accordingly to ALPEN method I have described in this (link available 28th of February) post.
➝ SEE: ALPEN Method – beat procrastination forever. (link available 28th of February)
1st of March, Thursday
DAY 25: GO OVER YOUR TO DO LIST AND ELIMINATE WHAT DOESN’T MAKE YOU HAPPY – For example – you hate running, but you want to loose weight? Try yoga or pilates. You have put on the list to tidy the lounge 10th time this month? Declutter, so you won’t have to do this so much. What’s the point of living life you treat as a chore? Try to find ways to make it easier on yourself and do stuff that you actually like doing.
2nd of March, Friday
DAY 26: DON’T LOOK AT YOUR PHONE UNTIL YOU GET OUT OF BED TODAY – Look, I know it’s really tempting to check your feed on insta or facebook right after you wake up. But! Today just don’t do it. Instead, use this time to meditate, visualise or just prepare for the day better. Or have a self-care moment! It’s FRY-YAY! And our adventure is almost over so just trust me on that. Put together a plan for a day in your head, set your intention and go and slay your day! Without your friends/news influencing your mood. Stay fresh minded.
3rd of March, Saturday
DAY 27: READ A BOOK BEFORE GOING TO SLEEP – Instead staring at your phone screen – why don’t you just read something that will motivate you? There’s plenty of motivational books over here. Also, if you fancy something lighter you can check out 4 books that changed my life here.
4rd of March, Sunday
DAY 28: REWARD DAY – This is the time we part ways but not before me inducing you to get yourself a reward for all your hard work you have done this month. Thank you so much for participating, even if you have not done every single task and hope I have inspired you to be productive this month. Well done and you rock!
Tips and tricks to keep with it:
- Print out the picture and hang it somewhere that you pass everyday – I think the fridge works especially good for this one!
- Put it in as a task in your habit tracker – you can download the one I made here for free.
- If you skip a day – don’t worry. Just do it next day. Or skip it. Even if you do one thing differently this month – it will still help you to stay on top of stuff.
- Follow me on twitter where I will give you everyday remainders about this challenge – and if you don’t use twitter – you can try instagram, but as the algorithm change is in place, not sure if it will be as effective. You can try though!
Thank you for participating. I worked real hard on this so this means so much to me. Also, just because this challange launched in February, that doesn’t mean that you can literally start it any Monday of the year. Anyway, if you actually decide to participate, please leave me a comment and let me know how did it went for you and also if I can help you with anything at all.