Hi & happy Friday, friends!
In today's blog post we are going to talk about productivity - I feel like this word can make us feel either brilliant or miserable, no way in between. But, today I'm going to share with you 5 organisational tips that will make you 100% more productive and will give you a good feeling at the end of the day. Without further ado, let's get started!
Establish a Sleeping Routine
We cannot talk about productivity without considering sleep. Good sleep is the number one factor that plays in our mental health and that will make us feel rested and alert. Besides, it provides us with good energy and a good mood throughout the day.
According to Dr Doireann O'Leary, most people need 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep per night, whereas some need 6 hours and others need 10 hours, depending on our bodies. Not getting enough quality sleep will increase the ghrelin hormone that leads to overeating (often sugary foods), and decrease leptin (the hormone that tells us that we are full).
Therefore, it is essential to listen to our bodies and establish a sleeping routine that will make us feel ready for our to-do lists, feeling alert and in a good mood.
Create Your Schedule
The second most important factor that will help increase your productivity is your schedule. If you want to be productive, the solution is not having a 6 AM to 8 PM schedule that will probably last a week. You will end up being exhausted and detesting your job.
Instead, it is important to create a schedule that will make you look forward to your day. For instance, if you want to power through to the most important tasks first, you can have a 3-hour intense work session, getting rid of the hard part, then enjoy a 1-hour break and finish off the list with the smaller tasks in another work session.
Although I don't have a particular order to my tasks, with my goal being to cross out everything by the end of the day, I am the most productive in the mornings, right after breakfast. I drink my coffee at my office while watching a few YouTube vlogs and then I am ready to go. This way I am excited to get out of the house and start working.
So, no matter what kind of schedule you pick out for yourself, make sure it's something that brings you joy and that you can transform into your working routine.
Get a Daily Planner
For me, this was life-saving. If you are a visual person like I am, you NEED a planner. It doesn't need to be a fancy one with 10 sections per page, it can be a simple notebook where you write everything you want to accomplish that day. No matter what it is ( yes, calling your grandma counts), make sure to write it down. The main advantage is that you will free your mind and you will be able to start your tasks without thinking about everything else. Also, it is very satisfying to cross out as many things as possible during your work period!
On the other hand, the main disadvantage is that you might write down too many tasks for one day because once you start writing down everything that's on your mind, you will find it difficult to stop! (I am so guilty of this).
Setting deadlines and being harsh with yourself is what makes you grow. I know this part can be unpleasant and also stressful if you don't have a good routine, but, it can also be very fulfilling when you get everything done on time. If you haven't set deadlines before, don't worry if you get a little behind - it's normal. With practice, you will learn how much you can accomplish in a week or a month, and your deadlines will become more realistic.
However, make sure that you don't make it extremely easy for yourself and don't do in a month what you can do in a week - you won't grow this way.
A good practice is to write down everything that you want to accomplish each month and to keep going back to that list, following your progress. Of course, you might want to set longer deadlines, for extended periods, but I found it easier to break down my tasks into smaller ones to make sure it doesn't become overwhelming.
Don't Ignore Research
Especially in the creative field, you can't just sit down at your desk and start creating magic. Research is essential to keep the creativity going and to stay sharp in your field. I know this can feel like procrastinating, especially if you enjoy what you're doing. However, I remember how many great ideas I had for my dissertation after spending more than two weeks just reading articles and books on the subject.
Even now, I get inspired by watching vlogs or reading blog posts from my favourite digital creators. It is important to understand what the audience is looking for and to know the trends, so you can create better content for your niche.