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