How to Increase Your Productivity Overnight
Hello, beautiful! After seeing how much you all enjoyed my post Why You Should Choose a Theme for the Year Instead of Making Resolutions, I’ve decided to share another piece of advice with you. This time, I am offering you a simple process that can help increase your productivity overnight! Keep reading to find out more.
Don’t you just love the feeling of being productive? It’s so rewarding to cross off task after task our to-do lists. Recently I graduated from “master procrastinator” to “boss babe who handles her business with ease.” I’m not even exaggerating you guys, I’ve been on a roll lately! What changed? I created a simple process that works for me, instead of trying to do what has worked for someone else. It might take me until the end of this post to convince you, but I have a feeling that if you try this process, it will have the same positive effect on your productivity levels (at least I really really hope so)!
Most folks suggest writing down your to-do list for the next day the night before, as a way to get more done when you wake up. Personally, I’ve never liked the idea of going to bed thinking about what I was not able to accomplish. Instead, I started applying a new process to my nightly routine. I call it the “3 Small Victories Project.” It’s super simple and the results are massive. The 3 Small Victories Project has boosted my self-confidence and tripled my productivity overnight (literally)! I’m going to explain what the process is, how to apply it, and why it works.
What is The 3 Small Victories Project?
The 3 Small Victories Project is a simple journaling activity that I created a few months ago. Each night, before bed, I open my journal and list 3 “small victories” that I accomplished that day. The idea here is not to look for big accomplishments but to focus on smaller moments that would otherwise go overlooked. For example, my 3 small victories list might say:
- Washed clothes.
- Went for a walk.
- Smiled at a stranger.
You could say that these moments are nothing to brag about, but taking time to focus on what you are able to accomplish, versus what still needs to be done, is a very powerful tool (more about why this is so effective later).
Simply put, the 3 Small Victories Project is a list of moments you write down at the end of the day to celebrate yourself and your accomplishments, no matter the size.
How Does This Process Increase Productivity?
Okay, so you may be thinking: The Three Small Victories Project sounds nice and all, but how will it increase my productivity?! I’m going to answer this question based on my personal experience. Consider me the test subject who has tried to this process and is returning to you with the lab results!
I started this project as a gratitude exercise. It came as a complete surprise to me that this short list could have such a huge impact on my productivity and overall self-motivation. Here’s what I realized pretty quickly: Focusing on what you are able to accomplish each day, no matter how small, is a way to practice self-love. It’s a way to show yourself that even on the most non-eventful days, you are still able to celebrate your abilities, rather than dwell upon your shortcomings.
In addition, taking the time (and we’re talking about 3 minutes at the most) to focus positively before bed had me waking up the next day with a renewed sense of self-confidence! As I continued to write down my 3 small victories each night, I noticed something else quite interesting…my small victories were getting bigger! When I took my focus away from what I was not able to do, and instead celebrated what I had already done, there was a snowball effect of productive energy.
Can you see how writing a list of what you were able to get done instead of what still needs to be done can be a positive, habit-changing tool? If you decided to join the 3 Small Victories Project, snap a pic of your list and tag #3smallvictories for a chance to be featured on my Instagram!
A few More Thoughts
To be clear: The idea of a “small” victory is entirely relative. I’m very sensitive to mental health and therefore feel it is important to make this distinction. If “got out of bed,” or “took a shower” feel like small victories for you, then write them down! Do not judge yourself based on how small your victories are. On the same note, your “small” victories might be more complex than mine, that’s great too. We’re all at different points in our journey.
Some of you might prefer to share your 3 small victories out loud during dinner, or just say them out loud before bed, or exchange victories with your partner. These are great strategies as well. However, the reason I suggest keeping a written list each day is that the act of writing your victories down helps to solidify the habit. Also, if you’re having a crappy day, it’s nice to look back on your victories for a little pick me up.
Try it For Yourself!
Grab a notebook and pencil/pen and put it by your bed. Each night, before bed, write down your 3 small victories. Some days you may have more than 3 things on your list and that’s great, just make sure you have a minimum of 3. Do this for at least one week. Once you see the results, you will want to continue writing down your victories and celebrating yourself. I just know it.
Remember, (I can’t stress this enough) to find small moments. Here are a few more examples:
- Read one chapter of my book.
- Cooked my own meals for the day.
- Told my kids that I love them.
- Took a bath.
- Ate lunch outside.
- Made my bed.
Celebrate what you are able to accomplish each day. Even on bad days, push yourself to find your 3 small victories. Try to stay as consistent with this process as possible, and watch as your productivity grows overnight!
Alright, how did I do? Have I convinced you to try out my secret to more productivity? Let me know what you think in the comments! As always, feel free to contact me if you have any further questions.
Remember: Take a snapshot of your 3 small victories list and tag it with #3smallvictories to be featured on my Instagram!
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Thanks for reading! Until next time,