It’s so easy to get bogged down with day to day life. The struggle of staying productive and positive about the many jobs we have to do is real! I often find myself so busy but not actually getting anything done! Here are 5 ways to increase productivity by just changing a few things in your day – how satisfying is it when you can cross a job off of your “to do” list?!
- Hit the ground running first thing in the morning – if you complete the hardest job or the one you’re dreading the most first then the rest of the day will be easier for you and you won’t feel the dread or stress of that job lingering over you. Often if you just start the job you’re dreading the most it gives you the buzz to keep going with other tasks which may also be unappealing.
- Limit social media – We spend a scary amount of time on social media and realistically not much of it is necessary! Come on, there’s only so much we need to see of what our friends are eating or wearing each moment of the day. So next time you go to tap on that little app icon try to use that time to check off those jobs on your to do list instead.
- Try to reduce tv time – Now, sometimes we just need the time to chill out in front of the tv watching re runs of Come Dine With Me whilst eating ice cream out of the tub, but try to have at least 2 tv free nights a week to catch up on reading a book, going for a walk or finally getting those photos printed for the frames you bought 5 months ago. This in turn will increase productivity as you find you have all this spare time on your hands for jobs you didn’t even know needed doing.
- Write a “to do” list – At the beginning of each week write a list of all the things you want to fulfil. This makes everything seem a little more ordered and less daunting. Be realistic about how much free time you have to achieve these things. Don’t try and fit everything in to 1 week; sometimes you might need to make a monthly overall list so that you can prioritise the tasks which need doing first so you don’t have too much at once to get done. I do love a good list!
- Eliminate outside distractions – easier said than done if you have children tugging at your ankles, washing to do or schedules to keep. But if you can lock yourself away to work for a solid hour with no mobile or other websites open (or instagram!!) you’ll be more effective and will increase your productivity more than a whole day of jumping on the laptop here and there not actually getting anything done.
Bonus extra for the blogging babes –
Write on the go – if you’re a fellow blogger then you may find it hard to find the time to sit down and write out what you want to feature so use your phone to detail posts or write little notes so that you can then write up fully when you have the time. Often I have a thought just as I’m drifting off to sleep at night and I have to write it down on my phone (brightest light known to man, burning my retinas) straight away otherwise chances are I will have forgotten come morning.