25 Tips To BE Productive and STAY Productive


Do you want to know what I mastered recently? Procrastination. I've become a pro at avoiding my responsibilities. I lay in bed of a night making a mental list of all the things I have to do, which is all well and good until I wake up in the morning and say "I'll do it later", and then I get to later and I say "I'll do it tomorrow". Then tomorrow I do it all over again; but you know the drill. I don't know exactly what caused the sudden procrastination, maybe it's because my anxiety has worsened, maybe it's because of my complete lack of motivation lately, or maybe it's just pure laziness. Whatever the cause may be, I am done sitting around waiting for things to happen. It's time to get productive and keep it that way! If you're in the same boat as me, then I've got your back with my 25 tips to boost productivity:


WAKE UP EARLIER

I know that I've basically just swore at you; trust me I know, I love lie-ins just as much as the next person but the fact is - sleeping in until 12pm does not help us get shit done. I'm not suggesting that you wake up at the same time as the sun, just try getting up between 9-10am. See, nothing too drastic. The earlier you're up, the more time you have to do what you need to do.

NO MORE SNOOZING THE ALARM

Whose idea was it to create a snooze button? It's dangerous! I've missed many important appointments, deadlines and events because of that thing. It's just so easy to have another 5 minutes, but that turns into another hour, which turns into your whole schedule being turned upside down. But there's one effective way to make sure that you're not tempted, and that's to leave your phone at the other side of the room. That way you'll definitely get out of bed, because let's be honest, that alarm tone is unbearable. 

START YOUR DAY WITH A PROTEIN-RICH BREAKFAST

I'm not going to pretend that I eat a high-protein breakfast every morning because I definitely don't...unless the milk in my coco pops counts? This is a step that I'm only just beginning to implement... and by beginning I mean that I looked at recipes online and then stopped to order myself a Chinese takeaway. I may be a blogger but I definitely don't eat avocado on toast or sprinkle a weird green garnish over an egg or throw some seeds on a pancake. You're probably wondering when the helpful part is going to come in right? Well this one is something I'm going to need a bit of help on. I completely understand the importance of protein and I truly want to get up in the morning and eat a good-for-my-body breakfast, so if you have any recipes that you think I would love please let me know in the comments. I basically like anything that doesn't look healthy.


ORGANISE YOUR WORKSPACE

My workspace is on my couch and when I have notebooks and to-do lists sprawled all around me, with my dog walking all over them, I get all frustrated and it completely drains my motivation. But as soon as I organise my paperwork and throw out the old and redundant pages, I instantly feel excited to work. So wherever your workspace is, whether its a desk, your bed or on the floor, have a good declutter and I promise you that you'll feel so much more productive.

CREATE A TO-DO LIST

I LOVE lists! Any chance I get to hand write a list I am all over it like a rash. Granted, some of them are dumb and completely irrelevant to my responsibilities at hand, but still it get's me excited and in the mood to work all day. I personally like to write a to-do list daily, but you choose what's best for you. Just be sure to always highlight your priorities.

CROSS THE TO-DO'S AS YOU GO

Lists are pointless if you're not going to work towards completing each task. So in order to not lose track of what you've got to do that day, cross out each task as you do them. That way there can be no "oh I forgot to do that".

TURN PHONE NOTIFICATIONS OFF

I'm not suggesting that you turn your phone off so don't panic now. But we're all guilty of checking social media for one minute and then 3 hours later the laptop is on standby and no work has been done. An easy fix to that is to simply cut off all distractions by turning your notifications off. You won't even think about checking it because you haven't got a notification popping up every 5 minutes because someone wants a life on candy crush. Is that still a thing?

SET GOALS

Og Mandino once said "the victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting and achieving goals". Think back to the last goal you reached. You felt an indescribable amount of pride and achievement right? You probably even felt highly motivated and productive. Well you need to work towards that feeling again and again because it truthfully never gets boring. Life is all about bettering ourselves and improving our lives. So sit down and write your goals; short term and long term ones. Take pageviews for example, if you think that reaching 5k views in 2 weeks is extremely likely then don't set that as your goal. Try 8k or 10k. Goals are supposed to make you work harder, otherwise there's no improvement being made.

DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME

If you take anything away from this post then take this - respect your time. Every day I ask myself if what I'm doing today is getting me any closer to where I want to be tomorrow. Lately the answer has always been no. A few days I go, I woke up and thought to myself 'ok, I'm going to jump in the shower, wash my hair and then start work'. Do you want to know what I did when I got out of the shower? I sat on my bed for an hour and a half scrolling through Pretty Little Thing's website, knowing full well that I wasn't going to buy anything. I should have used that hour and a half to do something that would get me closer to where I want to be tomorrow.

LEARN WHILST COMMUTING

Another way to respect your time is to be productive whilst you're commuting. Let's say for example that you're on the bus on your way to meet a friend for lunch, you could use that time to write down post ideas in your phone or to promote your latest posts or to interact with other bloggers. I know people-watching can be fun but it's not going to get you closer to your goals.

DISCOVER YOUR PASSION

What're you passionate about? Find it. Do it. I promise that you'll feel, not only productive, but inspired, motivated, and empowered. As Oprah Winfrey once said "Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you."

STOP MULTITASKING

Contrary to popular belief, multitasking is not efficient or effective in the long run. The thought of completing a bunch of tasks at the same time at an acceptable level just increases anxiety and stress levels, which decreases your motivation, and that in turn diminishes all desire to be productive. Take each task one at a time. I guarantee that you'll feel a hell of a lot more accomplished once you complete them all.

VISUALISE SUCCESS

I'm just going to leave this quote here.

"I came to realise that visualising, projecting yourself into a successful situation, is the most powerful means there is of achieving personal goals." - Leonard Lauder

BREAK TASKS INTO MANAGEABLE ONES

One of the most effective ways to avoid stress and procrastination is to simply break big tasks down into small, manageable ones. Creating more achievable steps keeps the perfect momentum going.

PLAN MONDAY ON FRIDAY

Put your hand up if you start to dread Monday at about 4pm on Sunday afternoon, because you begin to think about all of the things that you have to do. I thought so. We all do the same thing, but I think it's about time that we stop ruining our relaxing Sunday's. When you get home on Friday, write down everything you have to do to prepare for Monday and go through each one as and when you can throughout the weekend. Monday's will become a hell of a lot more productive because you feel prepared and because you managed to actually chill out on Sunday evening.

FOCUS ON THE RESULTS

Before you decide to brush a task to one side, think about the results. Thinks about how much the results are worth the work you have to put in. If you're focusing on the finish line, the task will be over before you know it.

ELIMINATE THE NON ESSENTIAL TASKS

Take a look at your to-do list and eliminate the non essential tasks. They'll be the ones that you wrote on there so that you can avoid the important tasks which create the illusion that you're being productive, when in actual fact they're not getting you any closer to your real goals or being remotely productive.

GROUP TOGETHER SIMILAR TASKS

Grouping together similar tasks prevents you from getting stressed, dramatically. I tend put my tasks into different groups, such as: content, personal, social media, etc.

READ MORE

Read more. Whether its a book, a magazine or a blog - it inspires and motivates you more than you could ever realise. True words were once spoken by Dr. Seuss, "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."

BE GRATEFUL

Being grateful for all that you have increases self-esteem and reduces stress and insecurity. That in turn allows you to focus on what you want and work hard to achieve it.

LEARN HOW TO SAY NO

It is okay to say no! It doesn't make you a bad person for making yourself a priority over other people. Don't overwhelm yourself because you're to nice to say no to people. Sometimes it's essential to be selfish in order to keep yourself focused and on the right track.

PRACTICE KINDNESS

Like gratitude, being kind to ourselves and to others creates a positive atmosphere in our lives. It lowers our stress and anxiety levels which has a huge impact on our motivation and productivity.

GET 8 HOURS OF SLEEP

Some people may read that and think "8 hours? I'd be lucky if I get 5", and some may read it and think "8 hours? I can't function on anything less than 10 hours". Eight hours sleep is recommended for a reason, according to many scientific studies, those who sleep for less than or more than 6-8 hours a night are at a higher risk of early death. Seems a bit extreme right? My personal opinion is that each person is different, I may need 8 hours of sleep to function whilst you may sleep for 5 hours and still feel great all day. So if you're happy with your sleeping pattern then stick to it. But I think you should also consider the possibility that a person can train their body to function on X hours of sleep, so it stands to reason that we can train ourselves to sleep roughly 8 hours per night and feel energised throughout the day. 

CREATE A ROUTINE

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with routines if I'm being honest with you. When I'm in a steady routine I feel highly motivated and productive and I feel as though I have control over my life, but if I go off my routine, even for one day, I won't get back on track. I'm going to carefully plan out a routine and I'll write a separate post all about it and how you can create one that suits you.

SET REWARDS FOR YOURSELF

Although you truly want to reach your goals, sometimes we need a bit of an incentive to carry on, which is why I think it's important to set rewards for yourself. For example, I might dedicate an entire day to writing content, but half way through I start to lose interest. So to keep myself motivated I could say that once I finish all of my content I'll sit down for the night and binge watch a show on Netflix. What do you like to do to relax? Or what do you like to treat yourself with? Promise yourself a reward for after you complete your daily tasks.


I know this was a bit of a long post but I hope you've found it helpful.
Let's be productive together!

Love, Han

xo

2 comments:

  1. These are great tips. I absolutely love making lists and I find they are the best way to get things done, especially when combined with goals. I definitely need to work on waking up early and not hitting the snooze. This is especially hard in the winter when I just want to spend a few more minutes in bed where it's warm. I will be working on using these tips to become more productive. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you so much. I'm glad my tips have helped. I hate having to get out of bed in the winter too. You should try putting a warm, fluffy dressing gown next to your bed so when you get out of bed you can put that on. It won't make you dread getting out of bed as much.

      Han, xo

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