It’s been a minute since I’ve been on here, but I am back. Back to doing what I love, writing to inspire, help and encourage my readers. One thing I know a lot of us need, are some tips we can all follow. Tips to help keep us on track and make us feel productive. Especially if you’re a procrastinator like I am and if you’re still working from home. So today I’ll be sharing ways to be more productive that I have tried, tested and recommend.
1. SELF-CARE ROUTINE IS YOUR NUMBER ONE GO TO FOR BEING MORE PRODUCTIVE
It’s important to start your day with a self-care routine so that you’re ready to seize the day!
Wake up early. Pray/meditate. Do some form of exercise (a walk, stretch, pilates etc.) Take a nice shower or bath and get your self care on! Self care is definitely one of my favourite things to do and makes me feel ready to conquer the world! Put on something that makes you feel your best and have a pretty and nutritious brekkie. Now, you’re ready to dive into being productive!
Self Care Faves!
2. PLAN YOUR TO DO LIST FOR THE DAY
The most important part of being more productive is planning. This will help you stay organised and focused on what is most important. You’re able to tick off everything you needed to achieve for that day…I prefer bringing in some colour and highlighting my To Dos to show which tasks I have completed. A planner and a pen is perfect to write down a to do list instead of a digital to do list (if you’re trying to limit screen time like I am :D). I am currently loving my pretty life planner from MStudio, a brand that truly inspires me!
But if you’re into digital to do lists, here are a few of my favourite apps I’ve used that I highly recommend:
A QUICK TIP WHEN PLANNING YOUR DAY: Set aside an hour or 2 for checking e-mails. I put my inbox on “Work Offline” and only switch it on again when I have completed everything that needed most of my energy. This helps me stay focused on important work and deadlines.
When planning your to do list, remember to make a list of urgent vs not so urgent tasks. Prioritising your tasks will help you determine whether or not you need to delegate some. Or if you can move them out to another day. Always assign deadlines and hold yourself accountable!
3. ELIMINATE DISTRACTIONS
Less scrolling on social media, more doing! For me this is a tricky one. Being a full-time Social Media Manager means it’s impossible for me to go a day without being on social media. So here’s what I’d like to suggest. Determine a certain amount of time that you’ll spend on social media. Decide before hand what exactly you’re planning on doing on the platforms before you even open them.
Ask yourself “Am I going on here to catch up on engagement? DMs? To check trends? Look for user generated content?” Whatever it is, make sure you stick to that one thing only. Once you’re done, log off and put your phone out of site or close your social media tab on your desktop. Plan exactly what and when you’ll check social media again so the urge to just open the app is easier to manage.
How are you staying productive this year?