How To Be More Productive

Productivity is one the things I struggle most with. Especially around finals, I can’t seem to find proper motivation! And even once I find it, I can seem to get anything done. I sit at my desk with the best intentions, and before I know it, a 10-minute study break  turns into an hour of reblogging stuff on Tumblr. Needless to say that I don’t get anything done while doing that.

How to Be More Productive

So I decided to share with you a few tips that help me to be more productive. Hopefully they will help you too!

GET DRESSED

As much as I love wearing my pyjamas,  I can never seem to get anything done if I’m wearing them. It’s like my brain registers a PJ mode and I can’t do anything productive while I’m in it. Pyjamas are for reading or watching Netflix. Instead, put on some pants and a shirt (it can be an oversized sweater) and get to work! You’ll feel much better, trust me!

WORK AT A DESK

Are you doing your work on your bed? Get rid of that habit! Beds are for sleeping or chilling. You won’t get anything done (or not nearly as much as you could) if you’re doing your work on your bed. Instead, invest in a comfortable chair (or find a convenient spot for you) and sit at a real desk. I always seem to get much more work done when I’m sitting at my desk than when I’m on my bed!

SET GOALS

This is so important! It helps you remember what’s important and what you should be focusing on. Every day, try to think of three things you need to get done during the day. Once you’re done with those three things, think of three others. Do this as many times as you can. You’ll feel so much better at the end of the day! Also, don’t forget to reward yourself! Tell yourself “If I do _____, then I can ________”. Setting a reward will also help motivate you!

MAKE LISTS

This goes with setting goals. Write them down! It’s a visual reminder of what needs to be done during the day, and does anything feels better than crossing something off your to-do list? I don’t think so. Every day, I write down all of the things I need to do during the day. It’s a wonderful motivator!

REDUCE DISTRACTIONS

I think that’s a given. You’re probably thinking “Duh! Of course I need to stay away from distractions!”. But are you actually doing anything to really stay away from them? Your phone and laptop are probably going to be the things that are most likely to keep you away from really being productive. Try to turn them off if you can, unless you actually need them to do your work. Nevertheless, stay away from social media! That’s usually where we lose most of our time.

WORK AT A CLEAN PLACE

Remember that desk I mentioned earlier? Keep it clean! Make sure you only have the necessary things out and remove the clutter. I always feel much more productive when my desk isn’t filled with unnecessary stuff!

SCHEDULE EVERYTHING

Yes, even your breaks. Remember that to-do list? Now it’s time to make sure it happens. Schedule all your task for the day. Like this, you will have to commit to it rather than just see it laying around on your list. If you think your assignment will take more time than what you’ve scheduled, break it down into smaller tasks!

DON’T TRY TO MULTITASK

Just don’t. We all think we can do more than one things at once, but the truth is, while it might work out for you, you’re not giving 100%. It’s much better to stay focused on one thing at a time and do it to the best of your abilities rather than do more than one things at once. Sure, you might get more things done, but is it the best you could have done?

FIND YOUR MOST PRODUCTIVE HOURS

This not only helps you be more productive, but it could also save you a lot of time. Are you more of a morning person? Or a night owl? Personally, I know I won’t get anything done in the morning. I work at my best either in the afternoon or after dinner, between 8-9 pm. Find what works best for you and get productive!

What are your productivity tips? Do you see anything in that list you want to try out?

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  • I agree with all of these! Personally, I have to get out of my dorm room to be the most productive. I mean with all the food, coffee, tea, and other distractions, my dorm room is not the best place for me to be efficient.

    • I agree! It’s personally not a problem for me because I live at home with my parents so I have to get out of my room to have food or anything else, but I can see how staying in your dorm could be a problem.

  • I love this. I agree that sitting at a desk is a much better place to get stuff don’t rather than the couch or a bed 🙂

  • Great list. I find that distractions and not scheduling everything are my biggest productivity decliners. Still working on both!

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  • Great tips! One tip that worked for me in my undergrad and masters classes and even now with blogging is to do what you are in the mood to do. If you are in the mood to write, work on an essay for a class or a blog post. If you are in the mood to be social, comment on class threads or in blog threads. If you are in the mood to read, study either for your classes or read blog posts. For me, this helps me stay ahead because there isn’t the dread of the task and the procrastination.