Welcome back everyone! How are you doing today?
Have you ever had those moments when you’ve got a long list of tasks to complete but can’t find the motivation or time to do them? I know I’ve felt this many times before but over time I’ve found a few things that help me tick everything off that list. These are tips that help me but are easily adaptable to suit your personality or lifestyle.
1. Get up early
This is probably the biggest tip I could give anyone who wants to increase their productivity. Not only do you physically have more time to get things done, but I personally always feel more refreshed in the morning. You’ll have a much clearer mind, allowing you to focus solely on the tasks you need to complete which in turn makes them both quicker and easier. It’s also a really great feeling knowing that you’ve completed and achieved tasks before other people are even awake – a head start to your day!
2. Create lists
Either right before you go to bed or when you get up, create a list of all the things you want to do that day. This could include tasks you haven’t had time to complete the previous day and brand new ones. One thing that I like to do is order the tasks in my list in terms of priority. Once you’ve done the most important ones first, your stress levels should decrease knowing that you have completed everything that is urgent. I also find it useful to work on the biggest things on my list first as once you get them over with, you’ll feel a great sense of achievement. Everything after that will be easy!
3. Make a timetable
Make sure you know what you want to do and when to do it. One thing that I’ve learnt with this is you have to be honest with yourself and be realistic with how long each task will take and how much you can get done (this is the same with making lists). If you’re overambitious about how much you can get done it’s easy to feel discouraged when you haven’t completed everything you planned to. Also, don’t forget to leave time for breaks! This is really important so that you don’t overwork yourself. It will allow you to regain the energy and motivation to complete the next task. For ideas on what you can do to in your break, take a look at my previous Self-Care and Relaxation post.
4. Be strict with yourself!
The best way to be productive is to just get it done. I struggle so much with self discipline, especially after having breaks which is why I choose to do most of my work in the morning. One thing that is helping me though is telling myself that the sooner I get it done, the sooner I can relax and forget about the work. You could also set yourself time goals. For example, tell yourself you have to do at least 10 minutes of work. Often, after those 10 minutes you’ll be feeling more motivated and set yourself another time goal or to go ahead and complete the whole task.
5. Tidy your workspace/ desk/ room
Decluttering the space around you is an effective way of clearing your mind. There are less distractions surrounding you, allowing you to focus on the work you need to complete. This doesn’t have to be boring or make you have a completely blank canvas around you – you can be creative and turn your surroundings into an area where you feel inspired and motivated. For example, you could create a mood board. On my Pinterest account I have a board for interior design which contains some ideas of how you can spruce up your work area into something beautiful and creative. The picture below is an example of what you can find on there.
Don’t think of exercising as taking time out of your day which could be spent working. Think of it as a way of encouraging you to work and making you feel good. Exercising first thing in the morning makes you feel refreshed, fuelled and motivated, helping you to achieve those goals much quicker. The same goes with eating healthy food as you’ll feel clean and energised rather than sluggish.
7. Create power through your outfit
This one might not be for everyone. I know sometimes I have those days where I’d much rather just do work from my bed in pyjamas. However, when I do this I just do the work to get it done rather than feeling motivated to do it. I suggest putting together an outfit that you love which makes you feel #GIRLBOSS and want to conquer all of your tasks successfully whilst enjoying it rather than ‘getting through it’. Something similar to this is something as simple as doing your makeup or painting your nails. This might sound quite odd but when I was younger wearing nail varnish used to make me want to do work because I loved the look of them when I was typing/ writing. I probably still feel like this now to be honest, I just don’t pay as much attention to it. But it works!
That’s it for my tips so let me know if you try any of them out and how they work for you!
What are some things you love to do to increase your productivity?
(First two photos my own, second two via Pinterest)