The start of a new year can be the time to reflect on what you’ve achieved from the previous one and decide how you want to pursue future goals or even improve your productivity. I have to admit I have a love/hate relationship with productivity in relation to blog work and uni etc. From having spouts of energy and motivation, to those days where I really cannot be asked to do anything. It happens to all of us and by no means is a bad thing (on the occasion), but I thought I would compile a few of my top tips that have worked for me for getting s*** done.
First off is to utilise that calendar on your phone/computer/tablet, so you can make visual plans for the week/month etc. I have found by using this tool more I am more in the loop about what I want to achieve. Also I use to it to colour co-ordinate my blog schedule via prep for posts, scheduled posts and blogger chats as this has acted as an overview for when might be the best time to post, in relation to a blogger chat going on. Another thing I love about it is that as my calendars are synced across all my devices so I can check my schedule on the go or when I’m on my way home from uni.
Stationary has always been a weakness for me, I recall being younger and scrawling through the staples catalogue (back when catalogues where a thing..) and circling random things that I wanted for christmas. Including 100+ biro’s, multicoloured post-it notes and that cash register, so playing “shops” would be more ‘authentic’. That being said I’m an avid note taker and planner. I always find if I have a nice set of stationary I am more likely to use it. Which is an essential for setting yourself mini-goals for the day, that are realistic to achieve. By doing this I can visually see that I’ve had a fairly productive day, and to be honest seeing that on paper feels as though you’ve achieved something.
Another thing you could try is by popping your headphones on and listening to some music whilst you work. I actually find myself working better when doing this as I block my surroundings out and focus all my energy on that task, as opposed to listening via speakers and being more aware of my surroundings.
Lastly (probably my favourite) is to take tea breaks in between work. I’ve found by setting myself a goal of how much I want to achieve in e.g. the next hour and then rewarding myself with a tea break, is far more effective then just working solid. It also more importantly gives your eyes a break from your computer screen.
So here are just a few of the things that have worked for me, I would love to hear yours below.