3 Shifts To Make To Ensure A Productive Day

How time blocks, routines, and tracking your to-do can make a difference in your productivity.

The Thrive Global Community welcomes voices from many spheres on our open platform. We publish pieces as written by outside contributors with a wide range of opinions, which don’t necessarily reflect our own. Community stories are not commissioned by our editorial team and must meet our guidelines prior to being published.

Time management and productivity is a long trial-and-error process. I’ve been an entrepreneur and involved in multiple businesses in various sectors over the past ten years, and I’ve always been obsessed with performance. I’ve tested and tried different routines, structures, and systems to achieve the most work in a day without having to jeopardize quality me-time.

No one wants to be buried under their work pile, but to find a balance while still meeting deadlines can be challenging. 

How do you get more done, and avoid burning out?

Here’s 3 things that has worked the best for me

1. Time blocks/Prioritization   

2. Clear morning routine

3. Tracking to do lists 


Before building my daily schedule, I ask myself ’what are the 2 to 3 things I absolutely want to get done before the day ends?’ I block off enough time for it in my schedule, which ensures me it will get done. 

My time blocks are 190 minutes long, and my phone is on airplane mode during that duration. I avoid every distraction so I can fully focus on my task, until my 190 minutes alarm rings. I then check if I have any time-sensitive messages to answer, I stretch or do a mini home-workout, and take a few minutes to breathe.

I am always impressed by how much I can get done in such a small period of time when my task is my sole focus.


I have a very organized morning routine that allows me to be in alignment with my soul and ground myself before work begins. It’s very important for me not to start my day rushing into the work load, and to take the time to connect to my inner self. 

Whether you are more spiritual and intuitive or not, you should to have a morning routine that is efficient and sets the mood for the day. 

A good morning routine is one that does not begin with any stress or rushing. It includes some type of alignment exercises, whether it be meditation, affirmations, visualization, or journaling. Aligning yourself allows you to start your work day with a positive mindset. 

It should also include a productive task, even if that is only to make your bed. Beginning the day by accomplishing something, even if very small, will motivate you to accomplish more. 


We all have lists of things to get done, but rarely have them organized. The first thing on your to-do list should be to have all your lists at the same place, under categories. 

You can use a journal to do that, and there are also apps, like ToDoist, that can help you organize and track your lists. A simple Excel sheet can work as well. 

My to do lists categories are : Daily, weekly, and monthly to do. Bills and payments. As well as reminders.

I like to review and update my list before going to bed so that when I wake up in the morning I already know what to expect from the day.

Remember that if you want your life to be productive, it starts with becoming organized.

    Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

    You might also like...

    4 Methods to Control Your Calendar Before It Controls You

    4 Methods to Control Your Calendar Before It Controls You

    by John Rampton
    Courtesy of Chutima Chaochaiya / Shutterstock

    If You Want To Do It, Schedule It

    by Thomas Oppong

    The Daily Routine That Helped Me Write Hundreds of Articles and 3 Books

    by Srinivas Rao
    We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.