Sunday, 4 September 2016

How To Get and Stay Productive

Forget Monday's, Tuesdays' for me are the worst day for productivity as I tend to procrastinate and avoid doing any work for hours at a time. Over the last few months in particular I have really learnt what boosts my productivity and what works well when I have a considerable workload on - I think this is to do with going part time with my blog and juggling any freelance work I might have. Today I am sharing with you my top tips to stay productive starting from next week. 

Music or No Music? | Obviously I am lucky as I predominately work in my own office, so I don't have to consider what others may think of the radio being turned up a few notches, but for me, I work miles better when there's background noise on. Noise can be in  the form of radio, spotify or an easy to listen to TV programme. From various situations like studying for your GCSE's or concentrating on an important blog post, you will have gathered whether you like to work with noise or not, if you haven't figured it out just yet, trial it and see what works for you! 

Tidy Up | Tidying my workspace up is the first thing I do in the morning to de-clutter and clear the space. I try and make this a daily routine as it sets me up for the day and getting it out of the way in the morning means you will have your mind cleared of any minor tasks you have to do. I also get dressed, at least out of the pyjamas I was wearing the night before and into a pair of comfy leggings and an Adidas Top - Although not typical workwear, it does help you differentiate between tasks.   

To Do List | Although to-do lists can be counter productive if overloaded with unnecessary tasks, they can be the perfect way to prioritise your workload and allow you to focus on one task at a time. Ticking an item off your to-do list is one of the most rewarding and satisfying feelings, one that makes me very productive during a hectic day. 

Planning isn't all about to-do lists and calendars; it can be a great excuse to treat yourself to some new stationary to make you feel inspired. I have been eyeing up this Kate Spade Gold Stripe Spiral Notebook and Rifle Paper Co Pink Floral Weekly Desk Pad

Routine | As I previously touched upon, routines are a massive productivity booster for me. I like to aim to have my lunch, reply to my emails and clear up in the same time slots as this allows me to plan my day out better. Whenever I have a big workload on, I like to make sure that I get the big tasks out the way first as this allows me to worry less once time starts ticking on. I start and finish work at the same time everyday, allowing myself time to do my volunteer, freelance and blog work in-between 8-6pm. 

Airplane Mode | I can't stress how amazing airplane mode is for my productivity levels as it switches off everything from texting to twitter, which means unnecessary distractions are off the cards. 

How do you stay productive with your blog?


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