This is kind of ironic coming from me right now because today has definitely not been the most productive, but that doesn’t mean I don’t know how to be productive! Also, this is not to say that you should be productive right now, I saw on online today ‘This is a global pandemic, not a weight loss or productivity contest.’ and that really resonated with me. If you’ve found a great routine and you’re sticking to it then amazing, but if you’re still feeling a bit funky and just chilling out in bed watching Netflix, that’s also cool. There’s no ‘correct’ way to deal with this crazy situation.
My way of dealing with it, is writing this blog post telling you all how to be productive as a form of procrastination for all the things I could be getting done right now. And that’s okay too! (So I tell myself)
So here goes, a few tips that I would follow myself if I was planning on having a productive day or two:
- Write a to-do list – This is a must, and I think I write one every single day. Anything that doesn’t get done today, gets written on tomorrow’s to-do list. I either write this the night before so I have a solid plan in place for the following day, or first thing in the morning when I wake up, before I look at my phone. Tick off each item as you go.
- Set aside breaks – Don’t think that to be productive you have to be on the go all day long. If you were at work or school you’d have breaks, so do the same when you’re at home. Decide what time you’re going to sit down and have lunch and take a break from whatever task you’re tackling.
- Plan your meals – Start your day with a big healthy nutritious breakfast and a coffee, read over your to-do list and then start with the first task on your list. Schedule in a lunch break so you know what time you’re going to stop, and know what you’re going to eat so you can prepare it straight away and not waste time in your lunch break deciding what to have. Do the same for dinner and any snacks. Once your food is planned out for the day, it’s one less distraction because it’s all laid out. It also means you won’t get too carried away and forget to eat (I did this yesterday)
- Download the Forest app – There are a few different ‘focus’ apps but I like Forest – you can set a timer for how long you want to focus for and it plants a tree for you and you can grow a forest over time every time you use the app.
- Break up your day with movement – I find it really difficult to concentrate if I haven’t moved a lot, and at the moment I like to break my days up by going for a walk/run, doing a workout or some yoga/stretching. You can plan this into your day or just take a ‘movement break’ when you feel yourself losing concentration or getting agitated.
That’s it for now! These are just a few tips I like to follow in order to have a productive day in the current conditions, and I think I’ve had more productive days than I’m giving myself credit for honestly. Please remember though that your worth does not equal or your productivity or vice versa, you don’t have to be productive at all and you don’t need to prove anything to anyone.
Let me know how you’re feeling and/or your favourite productivity tips in the comments!
Lots of love,