Who doesn’t want a productivity boost? As bloggers, we could all use more hours in the day. TBC member Kimberly from Sensible Stylista is giving us 10 ways squeeze more focus + productivity out of our day.
1. Compose a detailed to-do list.
Jot down everything you need to accomplish, but make sure you’re being realistic. If it’s a Monday, include weekly goals as well. Star the most pressing tasks and assign them accordingly. I’m most alert from 7 a.m.-12 p.m. and 4-10 p.m., so I practice piano and study then. I fade around 2:00 and am lethargic until 4:00 so I work on “easier” things during that time- while sipping on tea, of course. Obviously, everyone’s different so it’s important to keep track of your mental state throughout the day. Rate your focus on a scale of 1-5 for every hour to figure out when you’re most productive- do this diligently for a week, and you’ll be good to go.
2. Form keystone habits.
In essence, these habits create positive ripple effects, which lead to the development of other good habits. For example, exercising daily keeps you focused, motivates you to eat clean, helps with stress management, and does wonders for your self-esteem. Other personal favorites include waking up early, organizing/cleaning, reading, and meditating. If you’d like to learn more, make sure you pick up Charles Duhigg’s book, “The Power of Habit.” It’s seriously one of the most helpful books I’ve ever read.
3. Time your breaks.
It’s far too easy to lose track and get sucked into the black hole that is Netflix or YouTube. A 3-minute video or 30-minute show can easily turn into a 4-hour binge sesh, so do yourself a favor and set an alarm. Also, while we’re on the topic of breaks, let’s talk a bit about what you should do to rest your mind. As much as I love trash TV, I’ve discovered that indulging during the day does a number on my brain- it makes me feel lazy and unmotivated. I do, however, reward myself with an episode of my favorite show at the end of the day- if I finish everything, of course. Otherwise, I prefer to take a brisk walk outside with my puppy or catch up with a friend to stay alert.
Check out tips 4-10 over on Sensible Stylista!