With finals right around the corner and the crazy season of Christmas almost upon us, it is essential we are more productive than ever. I never used to be particularly productive, but I had to teach myself how to be in university. Here are the best tips I’ve learned and absolutely swear by. Hope they help!
-Get Right Into It
This is perhaps my biggest tip of all, and it’s to just get started. I used to sit around, not really doing anything and waiting for motivation to find me. It just doesn’t work like that. When you start, the motivation comes. Taking that first step is the most difficult, but once you do it’s difficult to stop. Getting into this mindset can help with other things too, such as not procrastinating your workouts or drinking that extra bottle of water.
-Turn Off Notifications
This is absolutely essential to do – I cannot stress this enough. Turning off all notifications gives you anxiety the first time you do it, and studies show this is completely normal. However, after a couple of days you start to not only feel normal again, but better. You are free from all these immense distractions unless you actively choose to be distracted by them. I don’t even have the facebook app on my phone, so the only time I go on is on my computer. You get so much more done of not only work, but things you want to do. How many times have you looked at a book and thought ‘I’ll read that when I’m not so busy’? Well, now you don’t have to be free from business to do the things you love.
-Find Out When You Work Best
Some people work well in the mornings when everything is quiet and bright, in the middle of the day when they’ve had some food and are getting on a roll, and some in the peace of nighttime and evening. Whatever it is for you, find out and stick to it. Consider this for your working environment too. Make sure this space is always clean and neat and somewhere you like to be, so you are more motivated to just sit yourself down and get cracking on whatever you need.
-Remove Digital Clutter
On the same wavelength as having a tidy space, make your digital world nice and organised. Clear off your desktop, sort out your photo folders and cut down your bookmarked sites. Having a tidy work space on your computer or tablet can make more of a difference than you may think. We spend so much time on these devices, that they need to be looked after too.