I Keep A Weekly To-Do List. I make a new to-do list every Sunday night on a large memo pad. This list is for the whole week. I write long-term things I want to get done, short-term, and anything that must get done on or by a certain day, I date. I also box off a little section at the bottom for things I will need to buy that week at the grocery or things I need my parents to send to me. I like it because the long-term things can just roll over to next week's list. (Like make a media kit...that's been on there for months!).
I Listen To Coffitivity. When I need to buckle down and write, say a paper for school or a lengthy blog post, I turn on Coffitivity. It actually really helps! I keep the volume super low, but the quiet murmur of a fake coffee shop is pretty productivity-inducing! Weird, but try it, I guarantee it will get the creative juices flowing!
I Change Up My Location And Scenery. When I feel stuck or just can not focus on my work, I pick up and move. My dorm room desk is not always the best place to work. When I venture out of my room and sit in Kogan Plaza, Ames Hall, Starbucks, even the dining hall downstairs, I can usually focus more and knock out better quality work.
I Utilize Post-Its. I have many pads of Post-It notes. I use them every day. Writing a quick remember to stick somewhere, writings out my workouts for the day (most productive thing ever!), writing my daily memory jar entry. I use them all the time. Little ones, big ones, whatever your fancy, get some! I also keep some in my purse or a small memo pad. I never know when an idea, thought, or spark of creativity will hit and I need a place to write it down.
I Use Google Drive To My Advantage. Google Drive has it all for me. My list of post ideas, my contacts, emails, usernames, work info, sponsored content excel sheet, etc. This drive can be accessed anywhere so I can add and stay up to date with my calendar, add in info, find a contact, even on the go. Make it your best friend...it is very helpful.
I Respond To Emails And Phone Calls ASAP. Why put off an email? If I know my inbox is full, I can't focus on more important tasks. I make sure I answer things as I get them and always go to be with an empty and organized email. I also created numerous folders to keep my correspondence organized. I know where everything is and can always looks back in those folders for reference.
I Make Sure I'm Not Tired And I'm Well Fed. If I'm tired and starving, obviously I can't focus on the task at hand. Before I sit down to write a paper or study, I make sure it isn't at a time when all I want is sleep or when I haven't eaten. Your brain can't work right if your body is tired and has no fuel!
I Take Breaks. I work on my computer, basically all the time, which means there are distractions. However, I allow myself to succumb to these but in an effective way. I finish a paragraph, a few points, edit 2 pictures, or read a certain amount of pages, before I let my self read one blog post or article. Then I repeat. It keeps me focused and breaks things up by giving me a quick mental break.
I Drink Some Coffee. Sometimes all I need is a jolt of caffeine and I can start pounding out ideas and productivity. It is a quick fix, but can usually get me started.
I Don't Procrastinate. The worst thing you can do is delay something until the last minute. That will only give you more stress than you already probably have about it. If I find out I have a paper due in 3 weeks, I start it that weekend. I don't care if no one else is working on their paper until 3 or even one day before. I know me and I know I will feel 100% better getting things done early and out of the way.
I Accept My Work Ethic And Treat Myself With Kindness. I know what I'm capable of, I know how long I can focus and be productive. I know that I could be better and maybe I could do more if I didn't do this or do that. But I know that I am me and this is how I am able to work right now. Weeks, months, years from now that will change. We are always evolving and need different things at different times. I AM getting things down right now so I will be kind to myself and, acknowledge my areas of vulnerability, and allow myself to work within my comfort zone to stay as productive as I can.
So tell me:
+ How are you staying focused, productive, and organized right now?
+ Do you find that different phases of your life call for different productivity measures?
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