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7 Ideas on How to be More Productive

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We all want to feel a little more productive. Getting things done, makes us feel accomplished. But sometimes it can feel a bit overwhelming when you start thinking about all the things you need to do and aren’t exactly sure where to start.

Sound familiar? It happens to the best of us. With distractions coming to us from all angles, it’s not always easy to stay focused.

As a freelance writer, who loves to travel it can challenging at times to find the discipline to stay focused all the time.   Sometimes I feel like my to-do list is never-ending so I use the following tips to keep me on track.

Here are a few ideas to help you get more done during the day. 

1) MORNINGS MATTER.

Make your bed, drink water and eat a healthy breakfast. If you work from home, try to avoid staying in your pj’s all day. I always feel more productive and ready to work after I get dressed.  If you want to get more work done, you need to show up ready to work, even if it is from home.

I also try not to check my phone as soon as I wake up so I don’t have any distractions first thing in the morning.

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2) MEDITATE.

For some of us, meditating doesn’t always come easy, but it can help bring you into alignment.
Studies show that meditation may physically change your brain and body and could potentially help improve health problems and promote healthy behaviors.  I use the Headspace app for guided meditations.  Start with a few minutes at a time and gradually work your way up to longer sessions.

Read: How to Keep Your Team Focused Before Meetings: Try Meditating

3) SPEND TIME OUTSIDE.

I always turn to nature when I need a little bit of inspiration.  If you are having a creativity block, take a short walk, or go on a hike.  Spend time at the beach or visit your favorite place to recharge.  Also, pay attention to anything that might be causing you to be less productive.  Are you spending too much time on your phone? Is your workspace a mess? Try to figure out what could be causing any disruptions.

4) TURN YOUR PHONE OFF.

When I’m writing I like to turn my phone off. Not just on silent, but off.  That way I can avoid any interruptions when I’m trying to get work done.  I also recently started setting reminders on my phone that monitor how long I’ve spent scrolling.

  • Check out apps like Buffer or Hootsuite, that let you post to all your social accounts at once. They are free, and a real time saver so I can focus on other things.

5) CREATE A LIST.

“I set weekly goals, and then break them up through the week. Bite-sized, and doable. Never put more than three for one day, or else I am just setting myself to fail,” says Elise Thompson, Eat, Travel, Aloha blogger.

When creating a to-do list, try to carve out blocks of time for each task. This will keep you from spending too much time on one thing.  You can also try to set several alarms on your phone as a reminder of when its time to move on to the next project.

6) FIND A BUDDY TO HOLD YOU ACCOUNTABLE.

I love seeing my friends succeed and accomplish their goals.  Having a friend or cheerleader who is going to motivate you helps you stay focused and working towards your goals.  I like to share my goals for the month with friends or mentors and check in with them to see how I can help. This keeps both of us accountable.

7) CELEBRATE YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS.

Look, it’s not always easy to be productive, but be proud of yourself for at least trying. Try not to get overwhelmed by the things you didn’t get to do, and instead feel proud of what you did finish. If you can’t get it done today, there is always tomorrow!

I hope you found these tips helpful and I’d love to hear what you do to stay productive. Share your ideas in the comments and dont forget to subscribe in the comments.

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