Something I have learned over the years is that it’s really important to set yourself up for productivity. I always wondered why I was the queen of procrastination in high school, and it was because I didn’t have the right mindset, and I wasn’t using the right tools. Luckily, I developed some great habits over the years that made me a more productive person. The best part is now I genuinely love the feeling of accomplishing my goals and crossing things off my to-do list. Today I’m going to be sharing the tools and strategies I use to stay as productive as possible. Whether you’re going back to school, sending your kids back to school, or looking for ways to be more productive at work, I hope these tips will help you as much as they’ve helped me.
Create an inspiring environment. Your environment plays a huge role in terms of productivity. If you’re in a cramped space with absolutely no inspiration around you, you’re not exactly going to accomplish your best work. Create a space that makes you feel comfortable and stress-free. Surround yourself with things that you love.
“Make the space in your life for possibility to unfold.“
Have the right tools. For as long as I can remember, I have been obsessed with pretty stationary and pens. There is something about having new pens and notebooks that automatically makes me feel more productive. Being prepared is a huge part of productivity.
Use a planner. While we definitely live in a digital world, I’m still a pen and paper kind of girl. I would be lost without my physical planner. I take it with me everywhere I go, and I use it to keep all of my events, deadlines, and to-do’s in order. I love that I can quickly jot down notes whenever I need to, without relying on technology.
By far the best planner I have ever used.
Use a timer or a watch to give yourself deadlines throughout the day. Sometimes when we give ourselves a task with an indefinite time limit, we find ourselves spending hours on something that should have taken minutes. Give yourself a set time limit when it comes to different tasks so that you don’t spend too much time on one thing. For example, every morning when I first sign-on, I give myself 30 minutes to go through e-mails. I start with the urgent e-mails first, and once that 30 minutes is over, I move on to the next task. Otherwise, I would end up answering e-mails for the entire day.
I hope my tips and tricks help you to be your most productive self. Regardless of what stage you’re at in life, back to school or working full-time, being productive allows you the extra time to do the things you enjoy most. See what I did there. 🙂
Have a great week!!