#1 Take BREAKS!
When faced with a lot of work we tend to get overwhelmed and want to sit down and do it as fast as possible. But contrary to popular belief taking breaks actually makes you work faster and more efficient. Taking breaks re-energizes you and allows your brain to rest from all the work you have been doing. People say study breaks/work breaks should be around 15-20 minutes … a long enough time to recharge but not too long to where you become unmotivated. Also, A quick break can dramatically improve focus, productivity, and creativity. So take breaks!!
#2 Schedule EVERYTHING
Knowing what you have tomorrow or a few months from now is super helpful in becoming a productive person. Make sure you own a planner, notebook or even use google calendars on your phone or computer… one place to store all your information (personally I love my target planner and bullet journal- I don’t use any online organization thing. It helps me to write things down because I am more inclined to remember them) If you know you have a test in a week you can start studying early for it or if you know your family is coming to town soon you can start organizing as well as cleaning ahead of time. With a planner or a schedule, you are prepared for almost anything.
#3 Take CARE of yourself !!
Life is full of pressures and stresses but you have to remember to take care of yourself first. Getting enough you time, sleep and exercise actually increases productivity levels and makes you more awake and alert. Taking a night for yourself to rest or get a few things done on a Friday is beneficial so you stress less during the week. 5-minute meditation, watching your favorite show, reading a book, playing a board game or going for a walk allows you to relax and forget your worries for a few moments.
#4 TO DO LISTS!
I can’t stress the one enough. This by far has made me the productive person I am today. I write a list of everything I need to do for the day even on the weekends in a blank journal I own. You could also do this in your notes on your phone. Some people have sections in their planner for to do lists but I personally like doing them in a separate journal so I can have a separate space. I separate my to do lists into two columns urgent and non-urgent. Urgent is stuff I have to get today and non-urgent are tasks I’d like to complete today but can be pushed to the next day. To do lists let you stay on task and help you achieve your goals for the day.
#5 Say NO (sometimes)
When feeling overwhelmed with many projects, schoolwork or plans Its okay to allow yourself to relax and say NO! This is a skill that takes a lot of time … personally, I have major FOMO but sometimes saying no to plans is better for your sanity… make sure to say it nicely though.
I hope these help. Let me know in the comments if you have any other productivity tips! LET’S DO THIS!!