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A Better Way to Spend Your Day: 3 Easy Steps for a Productive Day

The most productive people I know have a system: a way of tackling their to-do’s that balances productivity with life

Janice Eastman
3 min readJun 8, 2022


Photo by Philippa Rose-Tite on Unsplash

Have you ever had a day when you felt overwhelmed with everything you needed to get done? Have you ever felt like you were just not getting enough done in a day?

Once you’ve got your sleep, water, and food taken care of, there’s nothing that will take you further down the path of self-love and productivity like spending your day wisely.

If you’re thinking about how to get started, here are 3 steps to a productive day, leaving with enough time for things you enjoy.

1. Make a list, not a schedule

To make the most of our day, we need to stop treating our days like an appointment calendar.

Making lists is the secret to a productive day because it frees us from forcing tasks onto our day and instead forces us to prioritize our tasks.

Be realistic about how much time you need for each job and create a list of 3–5 critical things you want to get done. Once you’ve got your list in place, prioritize the items in order of importance and execute.

2. Say no

If you have 10 things on your plate and 7 things are essential, and 3 are not, it’s ok to say no.

One of the most important things you can do when it comes to productivity is learn how to say no. This is particularly true if you take on too many tasks or projects.

You free up time and energy that can be better spent on other things by learning to say no.

3. Set boundaries

To be productive, it’s essential to set boundaries with your time and energy. This means knowing when to stop working and take a break.

It also means being honest with yourself about how much you can realistically accomplish in a day. When you set boundaries, you create space for self-care and rest, which are essential for maintaining your productivity levels over the long…



Janice Eastman

From reading my writing, I hope you will begin to break down self-imposed barriers and find your authentic self in the extraordinary story of life.