Since I remember, I always struggled with being productive. That’s why I decided to share some of the very basic productivity ideas, I use on the daily basis. Now, I’m extremely lazy person – sometimes I just lack motivation and clear vision and all the vision board I made, boxes of what is I have put together didn’t help me at all.
I am so sorry – people may say I have done it wrong, blah blah, I might have, I don’t know – all I know it doesn’t work on me. Which is okay, because I’ve got my own set of things that DO work and keep me motivated.
For example, I know – the end goal is the key and vision boards do help to keep it – literally – in front of your very eyes, BUT what if you don’t know what is your end goal? What if you just want to be happy in life and you can’t quite estimate what this happiness is about.
First of all, I suggest you get some healthy habits in your life. Doing the necessary stuff without thinking takes the edge off them especially for beginners in the vast area of adulting. What exactly are those habits? Hm, let me thing.
And yes, they are boring. But you have to be bored sometimes in order to feel like something else is fun – it’s all about that balance.
So, sorry to say it but you need to get yourself sorted if you are feeling really confused with you life and like everything is fuzzy and you lack that clarity.
DO NOT SLEEP MORE THAN YOU NEED
Don’t do it. It’s not good for you. It’s nice to reward yourself with longer slumber, but that must be A REWARD in a very very very limited dosage. Don’t tell me it’s good for you because it isn’t. I have seen lately actually really interesting article that would explain it how it works for you better than I even can here. Also: rethink your evening routine and sleep pattern. I think going to sleep between 10-11pm is optimal for me, might be 2 am for you, I don’t know, but for most people is 10 pm. Also, as everybody else said already, try to stay away from screens for about 30 minutes before you go to bed. Hour is a bit over the top for me, I gotta say, but I promise you – even if it’s 30 minutes it’s going to be magic and a whole new world when you fall asleep and when you wake up.
LEARN HOW TO WRITE YOUR TO-DO LIST
We all have one. Even if it’s a mental one, just to yourself. But I believe in writing stuff down, so just do it, please, and it might help you more than you think. I prefer when it looks like this: First, I take out my calendar and check all the deadlines for a week and then the closest one I put as a priority number one. Then, I write down my to-dos for the rest of the day. Underneath that. You gotta keep the notebook opened and in a clear view for you for the rest of the day – until you cross all the items from your list.
You gotta have some, because otherwise you will be lost and always stuck doing something and busy but never really get anywhere. Let’s say your main goal for this year is to read 50 books. Just focus on reading approximately a book a week and put it on top of your top 3 every day consistently. And watch your progress.
More about time management you can read here.
DO NOT BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF
It’s easier said than done if you are a perfectionist. But you gotta reward yourself for any progress you do, even if it’s just a one mini-step closer to your goal. Also, you gotta comfort yourself a little bit if you fail. NOT reward, but comfort. With self-care. You can’t forget about your mental health and those little things that make all the sense if done consistently and make you more relaxed, happy self. It’s a super important habit and you SHOULD add it to your to-do list daily.
IF EVERYTHING ELSE FAILS – COME AT PEACE WITH YOURSELF
Sometimes, it’s not really a fancy productiveness trick, sometimes it just that your mental health is just not good. It’s so easy to miss, I know. I struggled with anxiety for so long before I actually could tell there’s something wrong. Sometimes, it’s really worth to give it a try and see a GP about it. Or just change whole entire lifestyle – so move your bottom, have a meditation session or go sign up for yoga classes. Pilates? No problem! Running? Yeah! Just give it a try.
Hope that you find something useful from those five ideas. You can use a little bit of each! What’s your foolproof productiveness method? Let me know in the comments.