How I stay productive.
Good morning, everyone! Lately I’ve been striding to being my best self and still accomplishing short and long-term goals while still home in isolation. It can get daunting to stay productive when it feels like you’re living your life on a hamster wheel. If you’re feeling this way, you’re not alone. It’s totally normal to get into a slump sometimes and it’s not always easy to get yourself out of one. Here are a few tips that I have to help you stay productive and to keep you out of the pit of despair.
Take advantage of apps
Our phones are probably the most distracting parts of our day most would agree. To use technology to our advantage use apps to help record your day and keep you on track. I’ve been using the built in iOS Reminders app for years now, I’ve tried others and keep coming back to this one. Google Tasks is another app I’ve used frequently for past work as it links to your Gmail and Google Calendar. If you’re looking for something a bit more visually appealing I recommend Habitica. It’s a Dungens and Dragons style game that lets you move forward by completing tasks. It lets you create a team with friends that also helps hold you accountable.
Record it physically
I’ve had a bullet journal for just over a year now and I can guarantee that the months I refer to it more often and use it the more accountable I am. If you’re trying to go for a daily run, keeping it in an app is nice, but also recording your pace or distance every day written down in the corner of your daily planner is incredibly helpful. If you don’t know whereto start with a bullet journal (because it is a little intimidating) Pinterest is incredibly helpful. The beginning of mine is a train wreck, but eventually you get into the grove of your own style and make it work for you.
Set deadlines for yourself
If you don’t give yourself a clear deadline, you’re just wasting your time. Both your long term and short term goals should contain end dates and be measurable. Don’t just have your goal to be to work out a few days a week and call it good. Instead, opt for more specifics, workout 4 days a week for at least 1 hour for the next month. We can apply this to just about any goal and helps you develop a plan. It’s an excellent idea to push yourself to work harder, but please don’t stretch yourself too thin and burn yourself out too quickly. This isn’t a race to make up for being not being productive in the past.
Prioritize your life
I’ve been doing this since high school and still use it today to help destress and get my life together. This is a three-step process starting with making a list of everything I need to, should do, and want to do, everything. I use this as a complete brain dump from things I need to do that day and even months out, just get everything out of my mind. Once I’ve written everything down, usually about a page worth, I prioritize them. Every entry get’s numbered from 1 being the most time sensitive that I need to do that day. Once everything gets numbered, I copy it down into my planner where it fits. Best way to instantly feel on top of the world.
Remind yourself why you’re doing it
This is one pretty self explanatory, but sometimes you have to go back to square one and ask yourself why. If you’re not passionate about your goals, it’s going to make it difficult to see it through. Use passion to help drive you to to the end line. Once passion is gone momentum slows down. That’s not always bad, sometimes it’s just a sign you should redirect your energy to sometimes else. People change and passions change, it’s important to stay true to yourself and make sure you keep yourself content.
I hope you enjoyed a few ways I keep myself accountable and stay productive! Let me know if you’re tried any of these and if they worked for you. Or if you have any other unique way’s you keep yourself on track, I’m always interested to hear about it.