Life is pretty stressful nowadays, and each day seems to be packed with so many things to do. All of a sudden it seems like a little too much and we become overwhelmed. What helps in these situations is organisation and working smarter. So here are my tips on how to become productive and minimise the stress that comes with each day!
Wake up early
Waking up early is one of the best things you could do. The sooner you get up, the more time in the day you have. You don’t need to go crazy here and wake up at 5am, but at least try to be up for 8-9am. After a week or two of doing so, your body will naturally wake up around that time and it will become easier.
Stop checking social media when you wake up
Unfortunately, first thing we do on a morning is take our phone in our hands, scroll through multiple social platforms, like and comment on photos, etc. By the time we know it, it’s been 30 minutes already or more, you feel lazy and getting up is not something you’re eager to do. Next time you wake up, leave your phone where it is, drink a glass of water instead, get ready for the day ahead, and check your phone later.
Mess creates stress. Personally, I can’t concentrate properly or work if there’s mess around me/on my desk. What you need to do is declutter your working space. Throw away the things you don’t need, the things that have been sitting there for months without use, old papers, etc. And do your best to keep it tidy in the future. When we see a clean space, we’re a lot more willing to do some work and a lot more concentrated.
Stop waiting around for the perfect time
This is as simple as it sounds. Stop thinking there will be a perfect moment for you to do something. There won’t be. You need to create the time, the chances and put in the effort. Pave your own way and do it proudly.
Set clear goals
Take some time to yourself. Be in complete silence and think about what you want to achieve. Write it down. Then take a look at it and write your main goals. For each of your main goals write smaller goals/steps how to reach them. Start working on achieving them.
Make a to do list each day
Making to do lists helps us visualise the things we need to do in a day, and it helps us getting through them more efficiently. Take one thing at a time, don’t multitask and simply focus on the thing you’re doing in the present moment. A great tip is to make your to do list the night ahead, so you can roughly know how much time it will take you to do them the next day.
Decrease the time you watch television
I find this extremely important as it is so distracting. Let’s put it this way, the television will always be there. Talk shows, series, films,…there’s always things to watch. Those people on TV are already successful and you’re just watching them do their job and you’re wasting your precious time. Try to watch a maximum of 2 hours of TV per day and focus your time on yourself.
Figure out your peak time
If you don’t know by now, then figure out your peak time. This is the time in the day when you’re most energised, most concentrated and most productive. During this time do tasks that require the most work aka the ones that you’ve been putting off for a while.
Tackle the toughest task first
Relating to the advice above, start your to do list with the toughest task. How many times have you started your chores or errands by doing the simplest, easiest task first? We’re not doing ourselves any favours by completing a simple task. We might feel like we’ve accomplished something big, but that feeling is false and we only realise it by the end of the day. Deep inside we know what we need to do, what is more important but for some reason we still put it off. Make it a habit to tackle the hardest thing first. What will happen if you do so? You will build this positive attitude throughout the rest of the day. You’ll actually accomplish something that matters in that day and feel satisfied!
Learn to say no
Friends and family can be a distraction sometime but you need to learn to say no sometimes. If you’re aware that there are things you need to do and you get a call from a friend who wants to see you, explain that you’re busy and simply reschedule for the next time you’re free.
Don’t focus on the negatives
If by the end of the day there is a few tasks you haven’t accomplished, don’t be hard on yourself because of that. We’re not perfect and things happen! Instead, focus on everything you did do that day and be grateful for the things you have. Work on having a healthy mind and a positive attitude!
I really hope these tips help you and feel free to leave in the comments what makes you more productive!