We all wish that we were a little more productive in our everyday lives - and its not all that easy is it! Sometimes we can start with a plan of what we are going to do that day, but by the end of the day, your list is even longer than it was when you started!
The reason that we all want to be more productive is so we can make the most out of our day and avoid the feeling of feeling unaccomplished. Lately I have been trying to implement some really easy techniques that I can pop into my daily routine without even having to think about them. Since using these techniques I have been more organised, my days (even my whole month) has been more structured, and I have felt much more accomplished!
I have been using these 5 techniques to be more productive so take a look -
Minimise distractions - Set goals!
My biggest downfall when I try and get stuff done is distractions. I truly have the attention span of a puppy. If I'm doing something at work or at home, and something else seems more appealing like making a cuppa tea or sticking on a movie, I will definitely go and do that instead. That is where I have had to learn to try and minimise my distractions.
I have been trying to set myself up properly to begin with in order to minimise these distractions. For example, I get myself ready with everything I need - a cuppa tea,, laptop charger, some food if I think half way through I may become peckish etc. This means that I have absolutely no excuse to leave my work space. Also putting your phone on do not disturb is a great way to stop yourself from being distracted as you don't see the notifications as they come through, but your phone is still "online" if anyone does need to contact you.
I am also the type of person that needs to work with some kind of background noise. I have found in the past that I would catch myself watching 10 mins of TV by complete accident without even realising when trying to write one of my blog posts! To minimise this distraction I make sure I keep the volume pretty low, or instead of sticking on Netflix I put on some really chill music - like the songs in my Chill Lockdown Playlist. Music is sometimes better to have as background noise as you then don't worry about missing out on your favourite shows. However, in an ideal world I wouldn't put on any kind of music or show at all, so my complete focus can be on the task I am TRYING to complete.
Make a list
Making lists is one of my favourite things to do - I get it from my mum lol. And although I am fab at making super long lists of every single task I can think of, often they just sit in my notepad untouched, and I find them weeks later. This obviously isn't very productive and means I am up to my eyeballs in tasks that haven't been completed or ticked off!
Lately I have been trying to stick to having more scheduled days full of things I need to complete, whether this is at work or at home. Instead of writing down long lists of everything you can think of that you need to do, I have found that if I write a list of a few tasks that I want to do in a set amount of time (e.g. this morning, this afternoon, by the end of today) I actually end up completing them. As I give myself a time frame it actually pushes me to want to complete all my tasks and feel a sense of achievement. You can't beat the feeling of ticking everything off a list can you.
List as you go
Another really handy tip I have found is that instead of writing down all the tasks you would like to do, write your tasks down as you do them. By listing as you go, you will actually be surprised with how much you can get done. It also allows you to feel super accomplished with what you achieve as you have never had any goals to try and reach for the day, instead you did what you could which is an achievement in itself!
I am a sucker for starting one task and then getting distracted with another and doing that one instead! Although it may feel as though you are being more productive when you begin a few tasks at the same time, or begin one and start another half way through - you are actually wasting your time and more often than not end up with lots of half finished tasks. I have learnt that the best way to be productive is to continue with one task until it is completely finished until starting the next - even if it is the longest, most boring task ever. You will feel so much better if you complete one task fully, rather than if you were to start 5 and finish none.
Hardest / longest task first
I always used to leave my "big" tasks until the very end as they would always be such a dread to do. For example, at work if I have a task to do that I know will take me ages I always used to drag it out for WEEKS so I didn't have to think about it for a while. I've found in order to feel a sense of achievement, or to feel productive you really should do these "dreaded" tasks first because as soon as they are out the way you will feel so much more accomplished and feel keen to do whatever else is on your list!
I hope this little blog post has given you a bit of insight into some small techniques you could use if you are like me and want to be productive but struggle sometimes! Let me know below or on twitter if you have any other tips to being productive, I would love to hear what else you do to make sure you get everything that you need to completed on time!
Love, Moll x
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