- Tuesday, 10 November 2015 -

5 Ways to be More Productive

Hello you lovely lot! There are some days were life just doesn't spur you on; productivity turns into procrastination as you find yourself sat on the kitchen floor alphabetising your spices, shunning your real responsibilities. I find this time of year the hardest to remain spirited, as the evenings fade into darkness, my motivation fades with them as I descend into what I like to call "nap-mode". When you're juggling a job, university and (somewhat of) a social life, it's sometimes easier to just set your brain to auto-pilot and dedicate yourself to an easy routine. However, if you're like me and always pursuing new ways to boost your productivity, then here are a few tips that'll hopefully get you back on track...

1/ Plan your day - People plan their day in different ways; whilst some like to schedule it in scrupulous detail in their diary or organiser, others like to map out the day ahead in their mind just before they drift off to sleep. Tackling a day ahead that's been prepared for seems a lot less daunting than just going with the flow and getting flustered in the process. Even if it's just imagining what you're going to have for breakfast, you'll find your time optimised and productivity boosted.

2/ Make a list - Not only is this one of my favourite things to do, but it's also one of the most effective ways of getting shit done! Whenever you put pen to paper you can physically visualise what needs to be done, making the tasks that are building up in your head seem a lot less intimidating as you tick them off one by one, making list-making a therapeutic exercise as well as a productive one. 

3/ Unplug from the internet - Probably the most dangerous distraction of all when it comes to productivity is freeing yourself from the clutches of the world wide web. When our interest in reality is dwindling, we look to the internet for escape and entertainment, because it's easy to find procrastination at the click of a mouse. However, here's my advice: when you're looking to get stuff done limit your internet usage as much as you can; read a book, go for a walk, and give your mind a break!

4/ Know your environment - Whether you find solace listening to classical music or rock out your workload with something a little louder, do what works for you to make your environment more comfortable. Whenever you've got a mountain of work to face, it's always good to surround yourself with necessities like notepads and plenty of water (or tea where water is not present) to keep the brain hydrated, and your mind active. Keep comfortable by wearing cosy clothes and don't be sat on a stiff chair all day - the more comfortable you are, the more productive you'll be.

5/ Lessen your load - As a self-proclaimed perfectionist, I find it hard letting other people help me. It's easy to say "yes" to everything when you imagine yourself as a strong, independent woman that can take on the world, but it's important to know when to say no too. Know what you can and cannot do and don't think of yourself any less because you turn something down. Ask for help, lessen the load and balance your work with play; you're only human after all.

  1. I'm making my list right now! =)

  2. Nothing beats the satisfaction of ticking off a to-do list!

  3. Internet is my nightmare especially when it comes to Open Uni work and I definitely need to structure in some down time haha xxx


  4. I enjoy avoiding lists at home, but maybe I should try!

    Beka. xo

  5. Great tips! I just love lists! x


  6. No 3 is definitely very relevant- I've taken to using internet blocking applications because I just have no control!

    Claudia Harriet

  7. What if I don't want to be more productive? What if I just want to curl up and watch Netflix? If I write it on my list, it counts, right? RIGHT? Sobs in corner

  8. These are awesome tips to keep the productivity going!
    AVOIDING all forms of social media would be the best for me.

    x, Carina
    Running White Horses

  9. I always have every intention of being super productive, but like everyone Pinterest and Facebook tends to suck up my time and before I know it the day is done haha. I have recently been trying to really focus on the task at hand and not like myself wonder to other sites while i work online. I've also gotten in the habit of putting my phone on silent so it doesn't distract me ever two seconds haha. Great post and you have such a lovely blog xoxo


  10. I totally agree with the lists point! Lists and schedules are my "secret" weapons in terms of productivity

    Be | lovefrombe

  11. Some absolutely spot on advice, going to start with planning my day! Thanks for a fab post x www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

  12. This post is so important. As a basically professional procrastinator, I pretty much live by these steps (or at least very similar ones!). Keeping organised with to-do lists, making sure I'm comfortable and offering myself mini rewards keeps me motivated. I also 100% agree that unplugging from the internet is huuugely important...we can so easily 'accidentally' click onto netflix instead of researching whatever we intended to when we first opened that internet window.
    Thanks for the tips and reminding me to keep organized and productive!
    Tasmin | Grandiose Days

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