I did some research and came up with my favourite tips on how you can be more productive. I’ve only included the ones that worked well for me but if you would like to know more, I have linked the websites I used as reference at the bottom of the post.
Put your tasks on a Calendar
I know this may seem like an obvious one but being able to see what I need to do during the day helps to keep me motivated. There is this great app I found called HabitBull that remarkably kept me on track of what I needed to do throughout the week. I would highly recommend it if you have an android or iOS. If not, make sure to keep looking back at your calendar every now and then to make sure you’re getting through your goals.
Do your most important tasks first
Getting the big stuff out of the way makes the rest of your tasks look like a breeze. Especially, if you’re on a tight deadline. Try not to let anything distract you and make sure that you get that oh most important job done. It may get difficult to concentrate if you are a pro procrastinator but don’t worry you can do this. I believe in you!
Focus on one thing at a time
Oh high school… Do you miss the urgency of all the different types of homework you had to get done for a certain time? No? GOOD! Don’t get stressed trying to get everything done at once. It won’t end well. Trust me. Even though I couldn’t get everything done this week I still progressed a lot. So, I would highly recommend that you step back and look at what you need to do. Take your time because it will enable you to get those creative juices flowing. You’ll be done in no time!
Stick to your schedule
I found that setting reminders on my phone helps to keep me on schedule. If you are a pro procrastinator like me then you will probably take many breaks and end up not doing 3/4 of the stuff that you planned on completing. If you push yourself to stick to your schedule, you’ll end up making a habit out of it and getting small to big tasks done will get easier. Keep up the good work!
Take regular breaks
Taking breaks are important in anything you do. Depending on what you do depends on what type of break I would recommend. Say you’re going to be on the computer most of the day. Take 20-minute breaks every 2 hours. Stretch out, go for a walk, read, anything that will keep your focus off the screen. If you aren’t using a screen but are sitting down a lot, then again, I would recommend that you stretch out. Your body will start to ache after a while so make sure that you keep the blood flowing. If you’re doing something active for the majority of the day, then you can take a seat to rest those tired bones.
Set yourself goals the day before
Knowing what I plan to do the next day is a great motivator for me. I get up, get ready and instantly want to start to make progress on my projects. Granted this is similar to writing your tasks on a calendar but, the calendar is for the BIG TASKS, goals are just the little things you do here and there. So, next time you want to be productive, test it out by writing what you plan on doing the next day. If you complete those little goals for a week then you are ready for the calendar.
Author - Red Cullum
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