5 Ways to Increase Your Productivity
How often do you say you’re going to start a paper, homework assignment, or work endeavor that your end up putting off until the very last possible second? (guilty!)
For example, I have been planning to write this blog post since Monday…and now it’s Saturday (oops!) While I still have many of my procrastinating roots, my productivity levels have sky rocketed over the last year. With a few simple changes I was able to being staying on top of my to-do list.
If you’re looking for a few extra pushes to finally feel motivated enough to start that midterm essay that’s due by Monday or finally read that book for class that you’ve been putting off, then just keep reading!
1. Have a Designated Space
This is so important. Have you ever tried to get homework done in an environment that was totally not for you? I used to try to do homework in my bed or sitting on my couch but it never seemed to work out. I would always get distracted with Netflix, snacking, or napping. It took me awhile to find my perfect working nook but once I did I could never imagine doing my work from any other spot.
Personally my number one spot to do school work or blog posts is at my desk in my apartment. It’s situated right next to a sunny window and has all my essential homework, blogging, and studying materials.
People are comfortable in all different types of settings: noisy, quiet, busy, secluded- it doesn’t matter. As long as you find the perfect place for you to focus on whatever you’re trying to accomplish, you’re on the path to being more productive. It’s also important for this to be a place that is almost exclusively designated for getting work done.
2. Keep Social Media Closed
Instagram will still be there when you’re done whatever it is that you need to do. I promise. I used to work on my essays for class while taking a break after every paragraph to scroll through Twitter for five or 10 minutes. What I didn’t realize was this was causing me to rush through sentences and drag out the process even longer than it needed to be.
Producing your best work and finishing in a decent amount of time requires your full attention.
3. Drink Water, Coffee, or Tea
Whenever I sit down to work on a blog post or class assignment I make sure that I have a bottle of water AND a mug of coffee or tea with me at my desk. The caffeine and hydration keep me awake and motivated.
It also gives me less reason to stray from my desk since I won’t need to get up for a drink for awhile.
4. Keep Your Shoes On
Weird, I know. I recently read this little tip somewhere and I remember thing that it sounded so odd but I decided to give it a shot anyway. And now I totally get it.
Keeping my shoes on that I was wearing throughout the day or the shoes that I plan to wear when I do leave that morning helps to keep me focused and feeling a little more motivated to be productive and get my goals for the day accomplished.
It totally combats the urge to curl up on the couch and procrastinate. It sounds strange but give it a try. I bet you won’t regret it.
5. Use a Planner
If you take anything away from this post, let it be this. Seriously.
If you don’t already have a planner I’m really not sure how you evensurvive life! As soon as you’re done reading this post go buy yourself one.
You can use almost any type of agenda to effectively keep a to-do list and remember your priorities. You can even make your own out of a notebook or learn the art of bullet journaling.
Personally I use this planner and I’m obsessed! It has a gorgeous cover, pretty designs on the pages, and a perfect set up for my busy days. Writing all of my assignments and goals down for the day, week, and month keeps me focused on all the things I need to get done. I find myself being much more productive than normal.
Plus, it’s super satisfying to check something off when you finish it! (or maybe that’s just me…)