Despite the New Year, Covid is still ravaging our lives. Forcing many of us into quarantine because of exposure, the fear of it, or protecting members of our household.
Trapped in my own house, I find myself dragging my feet to get anything done. It’s caused me to assess how I should construct my day in order to be productive. With trial and error, I’ve discovered some good ways to jumpstart productivity! I want to share these tips with you today.
Create a schedule:
I find that if I create a time frame to complete my work, I am more productive during that time frame. If I just begin at any time, and end at any time, it feels like the day never ends. By setting up a schedule, I have a goal time to end at. Make sure to also add break and lunch times to your work schedule!
Create a playlist (or five):
Music is such a great motivator for me. When I need to clean, workout, organize, anything that requires my body to be moving, I play upbeat music. It turns my activities into a dance party, which boosts my mood and productivity.
This upbeat music doesn’t work when it comes to office work or writing. Instead, I create playlists that contain indie, classical, instrumental, or soft music. This music helps me transport myself into the world of my writing and relaxes me.
A change of scenery can do wonders. When I feel exceptionally dragging, I’ll take my work outside in the sunlight. Something about the fresh air prompts me to work harder!
This may sound odd, but I promise it will help you get more work done throughout the day. Like so many others, I have a tendency to get hungry when I’m bored. This means many parts of my day consist of rummaging through my cabinets and fridge looking for snacks. Finding nothing. Then going back to the cabinets and repeating the process. I end up taking the time to make food or leaving my house to buy some.
To avoid this, I go grocery shopping at the beginning of the week to stock my pantry and fridge. I’ll set time aside on Monday to make meals for the rest of the week and designated snacks. So when I’m hungry (or bored) I can just grab my premade meal and snacks and sit down, avoiding the time waste of searching.
If you are having a particularly slow day, find ways to reward yourself! For me, that is chocolate. After I finish a certain amount of words or pages, I’ll reward myself with a piece of chocolate. Now, this reward can look different for everyone. It could be a snack, a five-minute stretch, or a social media break. Whatever it is, let yourself be rewarded for your hard work.
Do any of these tips help you? Let me know! Or post your own tips in the comments!