With spring approaching, we’re trying to make the most of our time and commit to being productive. If you could use a few pointers, we’ve got your back.
Make a Reasonable To-Do List
Do you ever put together a to-do list that’s a mile long, and at the end of the day, you feel disappointed you couldn’t do it all? It’s a familiar feeling and why many people feel like they have “failed.” Your to-do list exists to help you, not to become a procrastination tool or a place for guilt.
Take More Breaks
Your brain needs a break once in a while to refresh and reset. After finishing a task, take a few minutes to get some fresh air, have a snack, or meditate. After your brain has recharged, you can be ready to tackle the next task at hand.
TikTok, Instagram, we’re lookin’ at you! We’re no strangers to these time suckers, but we know they don’t help us finish our work. Consider using these apps as rewards for accomplishing tasks, and set a time limit for their use.
Create an X-Minute Rule
Whether it’s three, five, or eight minutes, set a goal and fully commit to sending that email you’ve been putting off, doing the dishes, or putting the finishing touches on that big project you’ve been working on. Before you know it, that seemingly daunting task will be complete.
Mornings Are for Self-Care
It’s important to start your day by fueling yourself, meaning don’t wake up and immediately check the emails that can wait. Instead, prioritize yourself. Wake early enough, make some coffee or tea, enjoy breakfast, do some yoga or meditate, then get ready for the day. Don’t let your to-do list dictate you from the moment you wake up; instead, allow yourself time to wake up, adjust, and get moving.
Activate Work Mode
If you get distracted by your phone easily, try activating “work mode” or “do not disturb.” These features allow you to control what apps, if any, you receive notifications from and who can contact you during the day. You can even set the time frames and adjust your schedule as needed.
Do the Hard Thing First
We know: Just thinking about it is a complete bummer, but if you knock out difficult or time-consuming tasks first, the rest of your day will be more of a breeze.
Ask Yourself: When Are You Most Productive?
Everyone is different regarding the time of day they are most productive. Determine when yours is and adjust your schedule accordingly.
Sometimes we can’t get things done because we’re trying to do everything at once. Instead, focus on one task at a time. Your brain (and your to-do list) will thank you!