Let's be honest, we could all probably be a bit more productive with some of our days. If you're anything like me you enjoy wasting time scrolling on social media (Tik Tok, lol) and sometimes just being plain lazy.
However, there comes a time when we need to get stuff done.
So... how do we find the motivation to have a productive day and get it all done? We all want to be that girl that is organized, on top of her tasks, and has her life together.
Let's start with building motivation.
Start with writing out your goals for the day.
One of the first things I do each morning is to take the time to write out my goals for the day. This usually consists of my top 3 items on my to-do list that are most important.
I prefer to write these down in my digital planner using an app called Goodnotes. You can shop my digital planners here.
From there, I begin to write out my to-do list with smaller tasks that need to be addressed throughout the day. This could be anything from work or personal tasks.
By taking the time to narrow in on your goals you're automatically going to be a step ahead because you know where you need to end up at.
Get Rid of Distractions.
Before starting any work you need to complete it can help to get rid of any distractions such as your phone, distracting websites, background noise, etc.
The best way to combat this is to have your go-to productive space. I personally love my office area at home.
If you need to complete other tasks that don't require a desk then find a way to keep you focused on the task at hand. Some ways I like to do this are by putting headphones in and listening to no lyric music like LoFi Hip Hop beats.
Non lyrically music is also fantastic if you're working on projects for work or school that require mental work that can easily get distracted by lyrics in songs.
Turning your phone on do not disturb is another great way to limit distractions from outside sources.
Do Your Least Favorite Task First.
By doing this you are immediately getting the least favorite task out of the way and you don't have that lingering reminder in your head to complete it.
You'll also feel a sense of accomplishment when you complete a task like this as you no longer had to worry about it getting done.
I like to think of this as a hill. Your hardest or least favorite task being the top and once you complete it, it's all downhill from there. Your day then seeming much easier to complete.
Reminding yourself to take breaks and actually scheduling them into your day helps the workload seem less overwhelming. Especially if you know there's a moment of rest coming up.
I used to implement this all the time when I worked in corporate. I would work diligently for 45 minutes and reward myself with a "brain break" where I could get up and get water, stare out the window, check social media, or walk around the office to get up and move a bit.
I was always much more productive when I included breaks throughout the day.
You can set timers on your phone to help with this or simply set certain times throughout the day that you break at regardless.
Batch Like Tasks.
If you know that you have to write a paper and complete an online assignment then taking the time to finish both before moving on to another task that doesn't require the same mindset then do so.
For example, batching school activities, work activities, chores, and personal tasks together help to group similar tasks and actually help with your productivity levels.
Switching back and forth between tasks like writing a paper then doing laundry and calling your mom could take up some serious time. Whereas completing your paper, online assignment, and discussion questions then moving on to laundry and vacuuming, and then calling your mom and texting your friend back all can be combined with like tasks.
You can even batch tasks that take place in similar areas or spaces. Such as running errands in similar areas of town.
As a small reminder, just because you don't finish everything on your to-do list for the day, does not mean you weren't productive.
Productivity comes from focusing on your goals and tasks that help to improve your life and manage it. And no, you don't need to be productive every day, all the time. Don't forget to relax too!
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