Let’s be real, finding the inspiration to stay motivated every day is hard. It’s easy to fall into the trap of feeling unproductive when you don’t have anything to motivate your or when you’re just feeling lazy (we get it! plus, it’s totally okay to have rest days).
But if you’re like us, you like to work towards goals and get things done in a timely manner so you aren’t stressing about the small things or deadlines approaching. Here’s 5 easy ways to stay productive so you can achieve those goals and get sh*t done.
1.) Get organized.
This can mean cleaning your work space, prepping things for your day (like your lunch or any tools you’ll need to accomplish a task, etc) or even just writing down a to-do list and having all of your daily tasks written down to visualize what you need to do.
When you have things organized, it makes a world of a difference on how level headed you are and therefor helps you be more productive. We personally can’t work in an environment that is super cluttered or really loud, so we make sure our work space is tidied up and there’s no external noises; which leads us to point number two.
2.) Avoid Distractions.
This means turning off your TV, putting your phone on Do Not Disturb, and avoiding anything that can distract you from the task at hand. Something that helps us is setting a timer (it can be 20 min, 45 min, or an hour) and just going full throttle until it’s up. When you have a project that you need to complete, it’s easy to check your phone and then get sucked into the never ending void of social media and texts/emails, so it’s best to turn it off and return to it later. This also includes any distractions on your computer as well. We’re sure you’ve been on the computer to do work but then decided it was a great idea to scroll to the bottom of your FB feed to see what your Aunt Janet is doing (just don’t do it).
3.) Plan in Advance.
If you have a lot to do, the best thing you can do is plan in advance. That means getting other chores or tasks done beforehand so you aren’t trying to scramble and get everything done in one day. Obviously this is easier said than done, and things do come up abruptly– but planning days where you can sit down and work on ONE specific thing can make a huge difference in your productivity! We like to plan out certain days of the week to work on specific tasks. We have days where we strictly do computer work (emails, editing, etc) and other days where it’s strictly content creation (going and filming youtube videos, doing self portraits, etc) The more you can batch your work, the easier it will be to get into the grove and finish what you need to get done.
4.) Take Breaks When Needed.
This may sound counterintuitive but taking breaks helps your brain reset and also helps it not get too overwhelmed and bored. Taking small breaks throughout the day will help you be MORE productive, so it’s a win-win. Go for a walk, do some stretches, or cuddle your dog. You’ll find it helps you feel better going back into tackling your work!
5.) It’s OK To Not Get Everything Done.
And last but not least, it’s okay if you don’t get everything done in one go. You’re allowed to have some rest in between your tasks and to come back to it at a later time. We all go through seasons of rest and hustle, so don’t beat yourself up too hard! Following the tips above will help you implement a healthy work schedule and environment to where you’ll be able to get more things done in a shorter time– but it’s all a learning curve of creating that motivation instead of waiting for it to come to you. Tomorrow’s a new day and you can always come back to any task that you didn’t complete!