7 Tips for Productivity
Staying focused is a task that requires focus itself. So, if you’ve made it this far, congratulations. In my adult life, I have tried all different kinds of “focus-solutions” to achieve greater productivity. These are the tips that changed my life for better productivity.
Throughout my school years I always did well but was constantly distracted. Even in college I struggled to quit procrastinating and to stay on task. I always wondered how those around me were seemingly on top of everything while being supremely organized. It took me forever to figure this out naturally… I found out later on that people I knew were on prescribed medications for these kinds of issues, which was not a route I wanted to take. So, I started my wellness journey to a better mind, body, and quality of life. Here are 7 things you need to try in order to improve clarity and productivity.
1. Get a Good Night's Rest
In another article, I discuss how to improve your rest. Check that out here. The main thing I used to kick-start my now-amazing sleep habits – BATCH Dream Tincture. I wasn’t always a morning person until I got my sleep cycle under control. I used to lie awake until 3 am because my thoughts were racing when I needed them to be still. Now, I’m an 8.5 hours every night girl, and I wouldn’t change a thing about it… even on the weekends.
2. Get a Planner or Task Booklet
This might be the single most important tip. In order to make life into sizable tasks, get the Passion Planner. Having actionable, bite-sized tasks, and filling them in at exactly what time they should happen gives you a sense of accountability. If you don’t have due dates, your long lists will just become procrastination heaven. Always use an hourly calendar.
3. Turn off Tech
Get rid of the phone. Seriously. If you need to charge, put it outside of your room. Another way to do this would be by placing it on airplane mode. If you’re a music person, download your favorite playlist in “offline” mode. This will help you to tune out unnecessary distractions and focus on the task at hand. To help ease my nerves with tech-related anxiety, I use BATCH Softgel capsules featured in the top image.
4. Set Personal & Work Related Goals
Again, the Passion Planner was my kryptonite for this tip. Every month you will reflect on what you’ve accomplished and what you wish to accomplish in the future. Have a 3 month, 6 month, 1 year, and 3 years goal brainstorm. Write down everything and anything that comes to mind, realistic or not. Then, map out one that you are super passionate about.
5. Prioritize Everything
Constantly be prioritizing your goals. It’s not enough to make lists, always order them or color code them in a way that signals their priority status to you. If you focus on the things that matter, you will feel more accomplished and ready to take on the other tasks on your list.
6. Exercise Daily
Exercising daily helps to clear your mind, and releases endorphins that lead to a healthier you. Since my sleep-deprived days, I’ve started to form backaches. I’ve been using this Fire & Ice Balm from BATCH before I go to sleep. I apply a few layers on my lower back area, then I apply some under my neck just for an aromatherapeutic experience.
6. Have a Routine
No matter how much of a night owl you are, spending your days productively instead of sleeping-in is so much more rewarding. The best way to jump start a routine is to go to bed at the same time and wake up at the same time everyday – no matter what. The dreaded snooze button is in between you and your most productive self.
7. Listen to Your Body & Take Breaks
With all of the stress to be perfectly productive, know when to listen to your mind and body when it tells you what it needs. It’s important to have a balance, and to know when to stop working so hard. Ultimately productivity will be strained if you are exhausted from taking all of these steps. However, getting into these habits will be hard at first but over time they’ll be rewarding. If you practice these steps like I did, I ended up have much more energy and focus throughout the days.