1. HAVE A NIGHT ROUTINE
Having a night routine is crucial to being productive the next day. There are some things that you should prepare for the next day to set your morning up for success. For instance, some steps you do at night help to save you some time, especially in the morning and make you feel accomplished. I also recommend writing your to-do-list for the next day the night before so that you are clear on what to do and you can get started as soon as possible. Don’t forget to relax and have some me-time either! Do things that calm you down and clear your mind. Try meditating, doing a face mask, reading a book, stretching, or doing some yoga.
2. SET THE RIGHT TONE FOR THE DAY
“Your day is pretty much formed by how you spend your first hour. Check your thoughts, attitude and heart.” I think this quote speaks for itself. What you do and think about in the morning can make or break your day. Do things that get both your body and mind ready to crush it. Always make your bed! It’s such a simple task to accomplish first thing in the morning and it truly makes a huge difference. Get your body moving, even if that just means taking your dog on a walk. Put on some happy music, have a nice breakfast, meditate, whatever it is for you that puts you in the right mindset.
3. USE THE METHOD OF TIME BLOCKING.
Time blocking is essentially setting aside blocks of time to finish tasks. So you’ll have a certain time dedicated to completing projects one at a time. I like to set a timer(usually for 1 hour) when I’m doing homework, cleaning etc. and this helps me focus since I know I don’t have all day to sit on the task. A bonus tip is to prioritize your to-do-list and start with the hardest, most time-consuming project to get rid of it as quickly as possible so it’s not in the back of your mind, stressing you out.
4. REMOVE THE DISTRACTIONS AND TAKE BREAKS
Enable airplane mode and put your phone in a different room so you aren’t tempted to check it every 5 minutes. It’s also best to work in a quiet environment, so you can stay focused on the task at hand. Putting on some classical music can help too! Don’t forget to take breaks frequently, your brain is unable to focus for hours end and you’ll end up distracted and discouraged. Getting up from your desk and out of your workroom, walking around for a bit, drinking a glass of water or eating something can really refresh your brain.
5. USE ACTIVATION ENERGY.
To put it simply, activation energy is starting with something small and using the energy and motivation you have, already having begun that task to do even more you intended to. So let’s say you have an essay that you’re procrastinating to write. Tell yourself that you’re going to come up with a title and write one paragraph. Nothing more, nothing less. What will most likely end up happening is that you will write the second or even third paragraph, maybe even finish the whole thing because you’re already sitting there and you’ve already started (which is, as we know, the hardest part). With the help of this method, you will feel less overwhelmed and can trick your mind to get more done. If you’re interested and want to learn more about activation energy and the science behind it, I recommend this blog post:
Until next time, stay cozy & chic,