5 Tips For A Productive Day

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Are you struggling to be productive? Do you ever feel like you have been sitting at your computer all day? Yet, only a third of work completed. Are you easily sidetracked? A hour-long task taking double the time to complete. Have you missed deadlines or underperformed when it could have been avoided?

If you have found yourself in a position like the one above, then you’re not alone.

I’ve been there (college anyone!) and countless others have to.

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Unfortunately, many of us suffer from getting things done. Instead of being productive, we fall into a rut of being unproductive. Although we are completely capable, we are distracted, unprepared and not using the time we have efficiently. Speaking as someone who has a household to manage, multiple side projects, a job, and personal aspirations….. I have been unproductive and sidetracked many times in my life.

 

Making The Change

What changed for me was knowing that I had to find time in my day for the things I wanted. I needed to find time to work on my side projects because they were getting neglected. I needed to take care of my health so that I could be healthy and happy. It seems like I needed to do so much.

And so I made time. I scheduled my priorities. I focused on being efficient. As a result, I have been able to take care of my health, actively work on side projects and manage my household priorities.

If you are interested in finding out how you can do the same, then keep reading for these 5 tips to become productive.

 

Tip#1 Get Up Early

I am pretty sure you have heard the saying, “The early bird gets the worm.” Well, take it literally. While the part of the day that you decide to work can vary, I have found that waking up first thing in the morning to be the most beneficial. Why exactly is that? Well, getting up earlier has benefits such as being more productive and proactive throughout the day. Give yourself a good start by waking up earlier to tackle the day.

 

Tip #2 Work In A Quiet Environment

Before you get ready to do anything, it is important to have a quiet work environment. Background noise from music, tv or people talking can make it difficult to focus and complete tasks. Settling down and working in a quiet environment can make a difference in the quality of work and the amount of time it takes to complete it. Areas like the dining room and home office are usually quiet. If you prefer to work outside the home, check out the local library or bookstore.

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Tip #3 Disconnect From Social Media, E-mail, and Phone

Distractions are going to happen. However, hanging out on social media, checking email and refusing to part with the phone makes for an instant disaster. While those things are good for inspiration and connecting with others – it has no place during a work session. If you need to make progress, meet deadlines and get work done then do the following: do not get on social media, do not open email and silence your phone.

 

Tip#4 Use Time Blocks

I know that sitting down for hours to get work done is daunting. However, one thing is for sure: it needs to get done. If your normal routine actually consists of working hour after hour and not accomplishing much, let me let you in on a secret. Well, it’s not really a secret. It’s simply using time blocks. Time blocks consist of breaking time up in segments. A typical time slot could be made up of a 40-min work increment followed by a 10-minute break. Time slots are easily customizable and can be changed to accommodate tasks.

 

Tip#5 Prioritize

Finally, nothing will set you up for success like prioritizing the work you have. When taking the time to sit down to prioritize daily, weekly and monthly tasks, you are allowing yourself the opportunity to work efficiently.  Anyone can do this in a variety of ways. A simple to do list, a weekly planner like this one and/or a  wall calendar are great tools to in helping to prioritize tasks. I love this Blue Sky Desk Pad Calendar found here. Hang it on the wall or let it sit on the desk. Either way, having task and deadlines in view will keep you ahead and on the plan.

 

What productivity tips do you use? I would love to hear them.

 

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14 Comments

  1. July 24, 2017 / 1:23 pm

    I’ve found that waking up early makes me so much more productive! As much as I love to sleep in at 11am, I get so much done at that time too!

    • Whitney
      July 24, 2017 / 10:02 pm

      Agreed! I seem to think clearer earlier in the morning too.

  2. July 24, 2017 / 1:54 pm

    I’ve started doing time blocks–45 minutes of writing work, followed by 15 minutes of reading emails. It’s helped a lot!

    • Whitney
      July 24, 2017 / 10:01 pm

      Glad to hear that you enjoy using time blocks too! They really do enable you to accomplish more.

  3. July 24, 2017 / 4:02 pm

    One thing that I try to do is put my phone on airplane mode, put on soft instrumental music, and set a countdown timer for 45 minutes. The music can help drown out unwanted distractions in your environment, and with airplane mode on, you’re guaranteed to not get interrupted because of it. I find that those three things together (along with a good cup of coffee) can multiply my productivity like nothing else! Great post!

    • Whitney
      July 24, 2017 / 9:59 pm

      Thanks, Joey! Great tips, even on when my phone is on silent I try to keep it face down to avoid getting distracted by calls or texts.

  4. July 24, 2017 / 4:39 pm

    All absolutely amazing points. Especially the early bird one, it’s true, if you wake up earlier it seems that you get more things done and out of the way. Great post.

    • Whitney
      July 24, 2017 / 9:51 pm

      Thanks, Thomas! Glad you enjoyed the post!

  5. July 25, 2017 / 9:45 am

    I have so many distractions around me all the time. Thanks for the info. I believe this will help me get a bit more focused. 🙂

    • Whitney
      July 25, 2017 / 10:44 am

      I hope they help Rashelle! When I get up earlier before everyone else does it gives me the quiet time I need to get work done.

  6. July 25, 2017 / 12:53 pm

    Getting up early makes all of the difference but I haven’t tried time blocking. Thanks for the pointers, I’m going to give it a shot!

    • Whitney
      July 25, 2017 / 6:47 pm

      Awesome Kim! I hope that you find it beneficial.

  7. August 14, 2017 / 8:58 am

    Time blocks and quiet are key for me! I use a pomodoro (25 minute) timer to knock stuff out.

    • Whitney
      August 15, 2017 / 7:45 am

      Glad to hear they work well for you Melanie!

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