The minute I stepped into college, the idea of productivity and constantly being busy was cemented into my brain. Like many other students, I got caught up in the idea that If I was not always somewhere or doing something, then I was being lazy and wasting my time. But before you knew it, I was losing it. Everything from relationships, to my mental and physical health, and my overall sanity had been thrown out the window, and I felt utterly shattered, weak and exhausted.
The idea of constantly being busy and being productive has a lot of negative consequences like I mentioned above and varies with everyone’s own personal experience. So today when I talk about being productive, I truly want you all to keep in mind that you need to take time for yourself and your loved one. Life is not meant to always go, go, go! Slow down, because what happens when you don’t is that you often go through a burnout. I completely agree with the notion of being productive but sacrificing your wellbeing to accomplish everything on your to-do list is not worth it. Please be mindful and aware of your habits and take care of yourself. Your career or school should never be prioritized above your mental or physical health.
But there are days when you need to get things done. Here are 5 tips I truly use to keep myself motivated and productive, but I also remember that not every day will be super productive and that it is okay to slow down.
- Set Goals
Set daily, weekly, monthly and yearly goals. These might look a little daunting which is why you have to break them down and set deadlines with rewards attached to them. But if you want more info, check out my goal setting blog post I recently put up!
- Break down goals into smaller tasks
As mentioned before, breaking down a large task or goal into small and easier steps makes a difference. For example, you have an essay to write, if you just keep writing down write do the essay, it will seem like a giant and daunting task which you will most likely procrastinate it. If you break into down into steps such as research, rough draft, edit, proofread, cite etc. you are making the task much more manageable and less scary.
- Prioritize Well
If you sit down and look at your to-do list which is probably equal to the length of your arm at this point, chances are you will want to run away from it and not do anything. But on certain days there are just things that absolutely need to get down. What I recommend is prioritizing your top 3 or 5 items on your to-do list. Not to say you ignore the rest, but by setting them as a priority you can get them out of the way first. Usually, these are the bigger, longer or more lengthy tasks we have, and by doing them right away you will feel like you’ve had a more accomplished day.
- A fresh mindset
Every day is a new chance, and a new opportunity, even every minute is a new opportunity. What you need to understand is that what happened yesterday should not affect how you are today. And same goes for what is going to happen tomorrow, it should not affect how you are today. What happened this morning, does not need to affect the rest of your day. You need to make a conscious choice and effort to make sure that the bad things stay in the past, and the daunting things are not dealt with until the time comes. By going into the day with the thought that it’s a new day, a new chance, a new opportunity, you take away the self-doubt and emotions that go into procrastinating or being lazy.
- Make use of online sites
I have a slight obsession with planning, to the point where it calms me down. I love using a paper agenda, and writing out my to-do lists, but sometimes when I am at school or on the go, I rather just look at my phone or laptop to see what I must do. I put all my due dates or events into my google calendar, which then sinks with my laptop calendar and my phone calendar, so no matter where I am I can check when an essay or assignment is due. For online to-do lists and such, I use a website called Trello (not sponsored), and it essentially allows me to lay out everything I need to do. I keep track of my daily goals, weekly goals, and my 2018 goals. It’s just a nice electronic way of keeping up with whatever you would have otherwise written down.
Those are the 5 tips I have for you today, remember that these work for me and might not work for everyone, but do give them a shot and let me know what you think!
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