I’ve always considered myself as quite an organised person. I have rarely forgotten to do my homework or left my books home or missed a dentist appointment. I’m used to keeping my life in order because if I don’t do that, my good old friends anxiety and depression start to sneak in and I don’t particularly enjoy their company so I choose to keep my things clear. But even though I’m quite organised, my productivity seems to disappear into some void every time I really need it. So, I thought I’d share some tips what have worked with me through the years when I’ve tried to fish back my productivity.
Set only one alarm and just wake up
This has saved me from a lot of unproductive days because I know that if I press snooze even just once, I’m never going to get anywhere in time. Everyone feels tired when they wake up, so the only thing to fight that is just to get up and get the day going. Placing your phone on the other side of the room makes it easier to get on to your feet as soon as the alarm goes off.
Create a routine
On school/work days I have a very specific routine that I’ve found to work great with me. I make sure that I wake up early enough so that I can go through my routine without a rush. I always include things in my day such as eating a proper breakfast and drinking a cup of tea in the morning, doing my makeup, studying, reading, practicing yoga and meditation. These constant things keep me going through the day and prevent me from slipping away to spend hours watching Netflix. It’s important to create a routine around what you already enjoy doing and then add new things to it when you feel comfortable enough.
Having small breaks in between tasks helps you to concentrate. When you have completed a task, take 5 minutes before starting the next one and you will be more focused on that as you’ve had time to let go the previous one. Make sure that you don’t let the breaks stretch too much because well that would be unproductive..
Write things down
I have two notebooks that I carry with me. One is filled with inspirational quotes and notes as well as my to-do lists and the other is my journal where I pour the content of my mind whenever needed. These two notebooks really hold my life in order and make it much easier for me to know what to do and when as I’ve written them down somewhere. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a paper notebook as you can easily write things down on your phone or laptop. Creating lists can become a really enjoyable habit when you get the hold of it and there is no better feeling than crossing things our from your to-do list as you’ve completed them.
Clean your desk daily
I find it so important to have a clean desk as it makes working/studying a lot easier. If your surroundings are constantly messy, it can also clog your brain and you can’t get anything done. Throw away all unnecessary papers floating around your desk area and only keep the things that you need to have for studying or working. When you have less stuff on your desk, it’s easier to know where everything is and then put them back on their place when you’re finished using them.
Clear your devices from junk
Few months ago my email was full of unnecessary junkmail from different brands and websites and it always drove me crazy. One day I opened my email and unsubscribed from all the junk I was getting and now my email looks much clearer and I don’t have to deal with the massive pile of junk anymore. I have also deleted all unneeded apps on my phone as they just take up the space and do absolutely nothing for my wellbeing. Again, it’s easier to find things from your phone when it’s not filled with apps that are hardly ever used.
Eat and drink regularly
Having specific meal times helps you body to be in its best energy levels throughout the day. Rather than rushing through your to-do list without meal breaks, write down on your to-do list at least 30 minutes for lunch and then shorter breaks for snacks. Also, it’s great to have a bottle of water with you wherever you go.