How to increase productivity and eliminate overwhelm in 2018

For those of you who have read my recent blog progress report, you know my main challenge was task overload in the last couple of months.

I felt like I had a million things to do (and I probably do). And this is not purely related to my business but also every other aspect of my life.

That’s why I’m super excited to have had the chance to use the new Slay Your Goals Planner in preparation for the new year.

I was looking for a good goal setting planner and organizer for 2018 and I have to say, this is the one.

I have already started breaking down my tasks into manageable, achievable goals that I can hopefully crush in the new year. Go me!

If you haven’t got yourself a good planner, I recommend you get one now. It will help you organize your life and/or business, increase productivity, and to crush your goals.

So let’s jump right into it. Here are some tips to help you increase productivity, eliminate overwhelm and organize your business and life, along with my review of the gorgeous Slay Your Goals Planner.

Let’s kick off your best year yet in 2018!

Goal Setting

Heading into the new year, we all need to set goals that invigorate and refresh our perspective. But more importantly, we need to make those goals count.

If you don’t already know about it, the Slay Your Goals Planner is an all-in-one planner that includes more than 60 printable pages designed to help you, well, slay your goals.

This planner goes beyond your usual planners and organizers that are full of blank pages and to-do list sections.

It’s packed full of worksheets, mind maps, relevant prompts, and inspiring quotes. One of the things I love about it is the way it’s structured and the wording on every page of the planner. You can learn more about the Slay Your Goals Planner here.

Goal setting can be quite a huge task in itself. This planner takes you through various sections to help you eliminate overwhelm and have a clear plan for the year.

(And Why I love the Slay Your Goals Planner)

I love each chapter of this planner but here are my favorites, along with tips to be more productive in 2018.

The Design & Structure

It’s designed in a simple and strategic way to get everything out of your head and on to paper, and then prioritize and re-prioritize your ultimate goals as well as how you will achieve them.

I would say it’s a complete life and business organizer.

Keeps you motivated

There’s something inspiring about using a beautiful organizer to plan, reflect on, write and review your goals.

It’s one way to get motivated and it can inspire you to do what you’ve been saying you would do. It moves you from thinking to doing.

When I received the Slay Your Goals Planner, I immediately fell in love with it. I know I will use it and get things done all year long.

Best way to achieve balance

Using a good planner will help you achieve balance in your day to day life. It helps you figure out your priorities for the day, month, and year.

A good way to eliminate overwhelm is to avoid overdoing it in one aspect of life and neglecting another.

As a wife, mother of two, and entrepreneur, I try not to compromise on family time, or neglect to pursue my dreams. It should never be one or the other.

There’s nothing worse or more exhausting than wasting your time on things that don’t actually matter to you.

You can plan ahead of time to incorporate everything that’s important to you in the right order and at different parts of the day, week, month and year.

Here’s why I love the Slay Your Goals Planner. It takes into account all aspects of life, whether that be financial, emotional, spiritual and more.

You get the chance to reflect and write down what’s important to you as a guide to help you formulate a plan.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I feel that’s a smart way to achieve balance.

Reduce stress and overwhelm

It is no secret that the right kind of goal setting and planning will reduce stress and overwhelm. If you want to define and achieve your goals and be productive, you can’t afford to wing it.

I know all too well, it’s so easy to keep saying you will get your life and/or business in order, only to keep winging it.

It will get you nowhere in terms of reaching your goals and you will find yourself under too much pressure. Not fun.

So ask yourself, how can I better manage my time? What are the goals I want to achieve in 2018? What tools and resources can I use to get me there?

Set your intentions

I found this section so relevant and refreshing because it gets you to identify what’s important to you.

It sets you up to start off in the right direction before goal setting so that you don’t end up missing the point (a.k.a the things that are important to you, the stuff that makes you happy).

I know I don’t want to live my life chasing dreams that aren’t really my dreams and getting lost (read: overwhelmed and frustrated) in the process.

Set your intentions and start your dream-chasing, goal-crushing journey on the right foot.

The details

Having purchased numerous planners over the years, I’ll say there are many aesthetically appealing goal setting tools, but once you begin planning and writing, they just lack depth.

So I used to end up writing a few goals with little attention to how I’m going to achieve them.

The Slay Your Goals Planner has details! It really gets you brainstorming everything out of your head and on to paper, and then moves you into taking actionable steps.

It walks you through detailed steps using prompts, worksheets, mind maps, and diagrams to help you pave your own clear path to success. It’s structured to give you clarity on your goals.

There is no space for fluff or wishful thinking. If you are serious about organizing your life and taking actionable steps to achieve your dreams, you need to get into the details.

Rushing through goal setting will only steer you in the wrong direction or even tempt you to set unrealistic goals.

Whether you want to save more money, pay off debt, progress in your career, or start a business, take time to sit down and plan.

Eliminating overwhelm

The thing about task overload is that it can create a haze in your mind, and you might find yourself, wandering aimlessly (not achieving your goals and doing what you love) day after day.

Planning eliminates overwhelm. If you want to increase productivity, eliminate overwhelm and organize your business and life, use your organizer to plan ahead of time. It’s the best way to spend your time wisely.

Quarterly review

Another thing I love about the SYG Planner is that it takes you through quarterly reviews. This is how you can stay accountable to yourself.

You need to look back at your goals and evaluate what has and hasn’t worked, and what needs to be done next. After all, that is the point of goal setting, to get stuff done, right?

5 More Ways to Crush Your Goals in 2018

Get Specific

When you plan out your day, week, month and year, be specific about what you’re going to do. Don’t just write “exercise more.”

Write down, how long and how frequently are you going to exercise? Where are you going to do it? Make specific plans and write down the length of time you are going to allocate to those tasks.

It’s easy to underestimate how much time it takes to accomplish everything on your daily to-do list.

If you have details and time-frames attached to your goals, you will have a better chance of achieving them.

Daily Journaling

Journaling doesn’t have to be about writing pages and pages about your day. Take 10 minutes every night to reflect on your day and what you achieved. It’s a good way to plan the next day too.

If you didn’t have enough time to tick some tasks off of your list today, you can re-write your plan for tomorrow so that it includes those tasks.

Cut out time-wasters

Find out what your time-wasters have been this year, and see if you can start cutting out those habits. What are the time-wasting habits that you could do less of?

For me, it’s Facebook. I love social media, but let’s be honest, it can be a total waste of precious time!

I will log in to Facebook just ‘to check one thing’ and end up spending more time than I would like scrolling through my news feed.

If that’s your time-waster, a good place to start is to switch off notifications on your phone. Maybe even switch off your phone for an hour at a time. Too far?

Be accountable

If you don’t tell anyone the goals you intend to achieve, it’s more tempting to let those goals go when things get tough.

Whether it be your bestie, partner, or your mom, choose someone you trust and be accountable to them. They will be the ones to cheer you on when you are about to quit on your dreams.

Have fun!

Whatever you do and how much you have on your to-do list, it’s never as important as your wellbeing.

Don’t forget to have a good laugh, enjoy the company of the people you love and be present in the moment.

Make a pact to take care of yourself in 2018. If you are fuelled by positive energy, then you will be more productive and be able to look after those you love.

When things get overwhelming, stop and breathe.

Sound simple? Well, it is. But it’s so amazing how those positive actions can do so much to change our perspective, and impact everything else we do.

I’m super excited for 2018 and to really dig into these goals using my Slay Your Goals Planner. I will be writing an update mid-year to let you know how it’s going.

I hope these simple tips will assist you to increase productivity, eliminate overwhelm and organize your business and life in 2018.