7 Ways to Improve Productivity and Get the Most Out of Your Week

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!

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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!

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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.

 

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(Picture from Pinterest)

 

6. Exercise

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!

 

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(Picture from Pinterest)

 

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? 

G, x

 

(First two photos my own, second two via Pinterest)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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47 thoughts on “7 Ways to Improve Productivity and Get the Most Out of Your Week

  1. CherishingFLo says:

    Create power through your outfit. LOVE this! Like the saying goes “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have”… (I say all of this as I sit here in my pajamas even tho I’ve been up almost two full hours). However, that is a goal I would like to set for myself. Getting up and getting all dressed up and prepared for the day! This whole list was great! Getting up early was something I started last year too, but was HARD for me and sometimes I still suck at it! But you’re right, it does help clear the mind. Perhaps sharing what kind of tips you could about how to start waking up early? Or some posts breaking down some of the other things on your list? Great post!

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    • Just Georgia says:

      Thank you so much and thank you for reading! Exactly👌 thank you for your suggestions too, I already have a post planned related to one of these points but will definitely do one with tips for waking up early too! ❤️

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  2. Megha says:

    Great tips, especially the last one, “great power through outfits”.

    I use KanbanFlow and Pomodoro technique to increase my productivity. I add up post titles on days I would like to finish them. Plus work on them using the Pomodoro technique, 25 minutes work, them 5 minutes break and 15 minutes long break after every 3 Pomodoros. 🙂

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  3. itsthespicybean says:

    Great list! I wish I was more of a morning person, but if I get up too early I just feel groggy. Night time is my most productive time. Love the part about dressing for power – I’ve never thought about that before! I suppose you do feel much more confident when you’re feeling great in how you look.

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  4. Michelle (@helloSHELLS) says:

    While I will probably never be one to get up early, I have found that making lists for myself does help with my productivity, especially at work. As does having a tidy desk space — whenever I can feel my head filling up with too much that I have to do, I make a list of the most important things, tidy up a bit, and then get to work.

    Thanks for sharing! x

    Michelle
    dressingwithstyle-s.com

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