I’m going to let your guys in on a little secret behind the method to my blog madness: I’m not just writing for you, I’m writing for me. Yea, I want everyone who comes to my blog to find something that inspires them, is useful, or thought provoking, but that really only works if I write about stuff that is interesting or useful to myself as well. A lot of the time, we’re totally learning about a subject together, which I think is super rad (we’re totally bonding).
That said, from the end of 2016 through till now, I’ve found myself really struggling with being productive. I don’t know about you, but I expected the new me (that I became January 1st, obv) to just kinda get with it. To help us both switch gears with this fresh year, I decided to put together a list of tips to help us stay on track. Here’s some things that are tried-and-true for me, and some new tips that I hope are helpful for you:
1. LIST IT OUT
It’s way easier to figure out how to manage everything you need to get done if you have it all laid out in front of you! Even having the most basic outline of the tasks you’re setting out to accomplish is better than nothing at all, and just the act of writing it out will help you to feel a sense of mental order so you can start on your way. Plus, writing everything out helps you to pick actual tangible goals, which makes the list more effective, and can help you remember everything you want to do.
2. WORK IN TIMED BURSTS
Social media and the internet has conditioned us to have very tiny attention spans, because we’re used to having things fed to us in 4 minute Youtube clips. It it what it is, but that means working on something for an extended period of time is hard. Make things easier on yourself by working on your tasks in 15 to 20 minute bursts. Apps like those listed here can be super helpful in tracking the amount of time you’ve got left working on something.
3. CLEAN UP
A cluttered space leads to a cluttered mind, and vice versa. I know that I struggle so much with being able to focus when I have a giant mess in my work space. I’ve found that switching off cleaning and working in bursts like I suggested in tip 2 to really be helpful. You can also just go all in like the book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up* suggests. I pulled this move on my living room the other day and it was so mentally liberating.
On the flip-side, it’s definitely important to try to de-clutter your mind as well so you can stay productive. Getting into the habit of starting your day off with meditation or a good yoga flow (try these sun salutations I shared!) can really set the tone for your day with a clear head and make it way easier to accomplish the things you set out for!
4. STOP MULTITASKING
I bet while you’re reading this you have 6 other tabs open on your computer, music is playing on spotify, and you’re scrolling through social media on your phone. If you’re not, you’re just on the 10 minute break before you go back and refresh those social juggernauts (twitter, facebook, instagram, snapchat, you know) to make sure you didn’t miss anything. Stop doing that. I know it might feel like you’re accomplishing more by having one foot in the water and one foot in the sand, you’re actually just slowing yourself down trying to do everything at once. It’s really important to work on being present more, so (back to number 2 again) get into the habit of working in bursts where you give it your all, and then start extending that time.
5. SAVE THE SMALL STUFF
While it may seem like a good idea to put off the biggest tasks to handle later, it’s best to tackle the most important thing on your list first. Not only will the feeling of accomplishment help propel you throughout the rest of the day, if you stop there, you’ll at least be able to say you completed something. Repeating this tactic daily in itself is productive, because you’re being consistent with yourself. It’s really not a matter of finishing every single little thing, but making sure you’re regularly showing up and handling the big stuff. Let’s be real though: those small things probably seem like a real breeze once you’ve got everything else out of the way, yea?
6. TREAT YOURSELF RIGHT
No one expects their car to run on empty, so stop expecting your body to! If you aren’t treating yourself right by getting enough sleep, eating foods that are helping your cells to rebuild, or just generally being kind to yourself (physically and mentally), there’s no way you’ll be able to give any situation 100%. That extra shot of espresso in your morning coffee can only do so much if your body only has fumes to give! Start setting yourself up for success by putting your health first, and you’ll find that eventually everything else will start following.
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