It’s that’s time again, the busiest time of the year for me personally, I’m sure it’s the same for many other people as well, whether thats students revising for their exams, uni students furiously trying to get their essays done on time, or those full time workers! As soon as it’s November that’s when I know I’m going to be drowning in deadlines, uni work and a lot of stress to keep consistent with my blog and the last thing I want to be doing is not knowing where to start and how to use my time effectively. I’m one of those people who like to be super organised, notes down everything in my bullet journal, knows what I’m doing exactly what day and what time and to be able to do this I find being effectively productive help a lot! I’ll be sharing my top tips in order to be productive and I hope these help you in some way!
1. BE ORGANISED
This is going to come as a no surprise and it’s something that everyone says, however it really does help! Having your own set workspace whether that’s your desk, an office or an area in your room to get work done, is really effective in being productive as every time you go to get work done you would not have to look around for an empty space to do work. This is because you can clearly differentiate between your workspace and your area to chill and relax and having 2 different areas for those will mean you can clearly set up each space for your own needs. Also, having YOUR own materials and stationary on your workspace would mean that whenever you need something you know it’s there for you and you would not have to spend ages looking for a specific pen or a highlighter this will therefore save time and drive you into starting your work earlier.
2. MAKE DO-ABLE TO DO LISTS
I’m such a list maker whether that’s for uni/blog or random stuff that I want to get done. However sometimes my list can be a tad adventurous and impossible to get through, I get so into writing stuff down and before I know it’s my arms length and I get stressed by just looking at it! My top tip and something that I actually started doing is to making lists that are presumably doable! I would say prioritising important tasks on your to do list with either a different colour pen or putting a little star next to it, will help you remember their important and needs getting done asap! This way you won’t be so caught up doing little bits and forget the big important tasks. For me I differentiate between making two types of to do lists; short but effective and long but snappy. The first, short but effective is on days where I have big tasks to get done majority of the time and this will be uni work like essays or presentations, so my to do list will be relatively short, maximum I’ll have around 4/5 bullet points as each task will take long and I’ll have to really focus on it. So I’d know on days where I’m really busy with uni work short but effective to do lists are a way of being productive for me! The second, long but snappy is self explanatory where my list will be REALLY long but the tasks would not take that long and would be easy and snappy to get through, for example on days where I need to declutter/organise my room, get little bits done for uni like printing stuff out or planning some work and more blog related stuff like, take pictures for a certain blog post, edit pictures, airdrop to my iPad etc. Reminding yourself of your to do list and glancing at it every now and then will be really useful too so your not forgetting what needs doing. Also I use my bullet journal for my lists and I find it more neat and and tidy and their all in one place.
3. PLAN YOUR WEEK
During the week I always allocate a day to get stuff done and plan my week ahead of me and this is usually a Sunday for me. Honestly when I plan my week ahead day by day I feel SUPER organised and it’s actually VERY helpful. Some days during the week I’ll be very tired to do work or tick stuff of my lists or even to plan my evening (I get way more productive at night therefore planning what I’m gonna do after dinner helps me) usually this day is Tuesday as I have a full day at uni and by the time I get home I’m super exhausted to get work done however when I plan my days before hand I know exactly what I need to do that day/evening and it saves time from planning that day! I find using a big weekly planner would be really helpful as it will be visually pleasing as well, as it’s there and in front of your eyes so you know what you need to get done! However again I plan my week in my bullet journal where I make a daily spread and jot down anything I need to do that day and as I do it, I tick them off! When planning my week I find thinking strategically helps a lot so again prioritising important tasks but also writing enough for each day, so not overwriting one days tasks so it becomes impossible to do, so finding that balance is really helpful!
4. GET READY FOR THE DAY
I’m going to be honest I don’t do this all the time but when I do do it, I find that it actually works and that I am actually productive that day! So actually getting ready for the day as if your meeting someone or going out but actually stay in and getting work done can be effective for some people. For example doing your hair and makeup and wear a proper outfit as if your doing an OOTD shoot and not, jogging bottoms and a hoodie (totally not wearing that right now) can be some what productive. When I do do this, I often don’t want to waste that makeup and outfit if you get what I mean and actually do work and be productive and feel like I’ve done something with my day!
5. ALLOCATE TIME FRAMES
I only recently started doing this but setting yourself certain amount of time frames for tasks can be useful and you won’t end up spending an hour on a 10 minute task and vice versa! Currently I’ve set myself an hour to write this post that your reading right now, and this way I’m not actually procrastinating and wasting time and getting it done! However for some tasks this can be tricky as you would not know how long it’s going to take but in the long run it is very effective.. least for me.
These are my top tips on how to be more productive effectively, hope you find this post helpful and comment down below which ones you will start doing!
You can also read my post 10 Healthy Habits for a Better Lifestyle post HERE which links into this post or just in general want some tips and tricks to be more healthy mentally.