While the list of things I can’t do is endless, being productive, luckily isn’t on it. I think this has a lot to do with my fear of wasting time and not living life to the fullest. We’ve all read plenty of the ‘motivational life quotes’ (insert eye-roll emoji) that fill up our Instagram feeds daily, so I won’t bore you with my reasoning. But let’s just say I have no time for ‘faffing’ or procrastination. (I should mention this is a post-uni realisation- shout out to the days wasted streaming episodes of ‘Suits’ whilst at the Library.)
Whether you’re trying to reach your goals quicker or just get all the house chores done so you can go out on a mad one, being productive can make all the difference. But as Uni-days-me knows too well it is ridiculously hard, so I thought I’d share the things that work for me.
1). Plan! I can’t even begin to get my head around all the things I have to get done in a day if I don’t have it written down. If you do this in your phone and it doesn’t work- try pen to paper, I find it 10 times more helpful, like you’re emptying your brain out so it can focus on other things.
2.) Make a timetable. If you have loads to do, make a scheduled plan. Separating your day into hours means you’re less likely to get behind and if you haven’t completed an hour you can easily shift things back or move them around.
3.) Don’t be unrealistic. Ever have so much to do that you just go the complete opposite way and have a nap?! Yup, same. Setting yourself too much today is the quickest way to failure.
4.) Get into exercise(if you’re not already). you know those days you wake up and you still feel like you’re half asleep by lunchtime? Those are the times exercise will be your best friend. It wakes you up and gets you motivated and stops you assuring yourself that the stuff you had to do can wait ’til tomorrow.
5.) Allow yourself procrastination time. Just make it useful. Think about your goals (even if it’s completely unrelated to what you’re currently doing) and what inspires you. Use your procrastination time to look up/read/watch things about this. It will help motivate you and give you the lift you need.
Of course I still have those days where I sleep through my alarm, can’t be assed for the gym and end up spending my day catching up on missed TV, so I’d love to know what helps you be more productive?!