These are tips that I have found helpful in increasing my productivity. Feel free to take them or leave them, or modify them to your personal life style!
‘The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing’Walt Disney
- MAKE YOUR BED. MAKE YOUR BED. MAKE YOUR BED.
They say if you repeat something three times you’re more likely to remember it. I know you probably hear this tip time and time again, but there is a reason for that! I used to never make my bed. I mean never. It seemed like such a useless task to me- why make it when at the end of the day, I was just going to crawl into it again?
Then, one day, something in me changed. I decided to give it a try, and my life changed. Not only does it set the tone for the day making me , in turn, more productive overall, but even just making your bed makes your room feel so clean and fresh! Throw on some decorative pillows, and it makes it seem like you truly can accomplish anything.
2. MAKE YOUR TO-DO LIST THE DAY BEFORE
I make my to-do list for the week every Sunday, but if this is too much for you, just make it the night before! Once something is written down, I don’t have to worry about it anymore. I know I have time scheduled for it, and it will get done!
I block everything out in 1 hour increments, which also makes it easier to move things around if something is to change (this is life, and things change!). I schedule everything from cleaning, to playing my guitar, to exercising. Once I write it down, I can sleep soundly knowing that I won’t forget to do it. When something on the list is completed, I feel a sense of accomplishment when I cross it off, which also leads to me feeling motivated to conquer the next task.
See links below for my two favorite to-do list helpers- one on paper, one an app (depending on your preference).
3. FIND TIME FOR RELAXATION
I know this one may sound counterintuitive, but it is extremely important for long-term productivity. I used to feel, and still fall victim to sometimes, that every second of every day needed to be used to accomplish something. This led to burn out after doing this for weeks on end, which, in turn, led to less productivity. Take an hour each day for yourself to just relax- read a book, watch a show on Netflix, FaceTime with a friend. This helps my mind to take a break so it is easier to focus on accomplishing things in the long-run.
4. MEDITATE FOR 10 MINUTES EACH DAY
For me, my meditation is usually in the form of stress-relieving yoga. This helps me to focus on my breathing, and it feels amazing to just let go of the tension in my body. Sometimes I do this in the morning, sometimes at night, and sometimes on a whim when I am feeling my anxiety heighten over something. It helps me to feel grounded and to set my intention for the day. Your mind, and body, will thank you for taking care of it.
See link below for my go-to stress-relieving yoga video, available on Youtube!
I hope that these suggestions help you, and feel free to send me a message if you have any further questions or want to share your own tips for staying productive!