September 13, 2016

How to Be More Productive

I'm not a procrastinator... when it comes to the important things. If there's something I can keep putting off that doesn't involve a hard deadline or a grade— laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning, making a phone call, etc.— I probably will. Whatever it is will get done eventually, even if it takes a few reappearances on my daily to-do list before I can cross it off. This past weekend, I was out the entire day on Saturday, which is usually my designated homework and errands day, so I had to do all of my work and chores and whatnot on Sunday. 




I told myself Saturday night that I needed to be really productive the next day, so I wouldn't be cramming to finish all of my assignments due over the course of the coming week. The tips below are what I keep in mind when I need to get into that productive, let's-crank-everything-out-at-once mindset, so I thought I'd share them, in case someone else might find them helpful. 

+ Make your bed.

I'm a huge advocate for making your bed every morning. Not only does it make you feel productive before your day even starts, but it also keeps you from crawling back into bed on a Saturday to watch Netflix when you need to go grocery shopping and review for an exam. 

+ Keep more than one list.

I like to keep track of all of my school assignments in my planner, and I also like to add really important dates (like exams, meetings, etc.) to my giant desk calendar. Probably my most helpful list by far, though, is my daily to-do that I write on a sticky note the night before the following morning. I put it at my seat at my kitchen table desk (#studioapartmentproblems), so I see it when I sit down for breakfast and know what needs to get done that day. 

+ Wake up at the same time.

My classes start relatively late in the day, at 11 AM and 11:15 AM, so I don't need to get up earlier than 10; however, I set my alarm for 9 AM every day. This gives me just about two hours to wake up, read a devotional/Bible verse and pray, eat breakfast, relax while catching up on blog stuff/social media, and get ready. Admittedly, I'm usually somehow still rushing out the door to make it to class on time, but it's nice to have a morning routine. Even on the weekends, when I don't set an alarm, I find myself waking up naturally around the same time. 

+ Get dressed/ready for the day, even if you aren't planning to go anywhere.

This. Is. Key. When I lived in a dorm as a freshman, I'd wake up and immediately get ready to go out because I hated hanging out in my dorm room. That was two years ago. Now, I might get up and never change out of my pajamas, so... I never leave the apartment. This in itself isn't a bad thing. It's just that I can't get any actual work done in my apartment. I can do some light reading or easy, mindless assignments, but no intensive reading or paper-writing is getting done up in the condo. The white noise and bustle of a coffee shop is far less distracting to me than a quiet apartment. 

+ Put things away.

There's nothing like clutter to make me feel unproductive. Cleaning up your space and putting everything back in its proper place can make a world of difference. When I leave for class in the morning, more often than not I'm leaving behind various makeup and hair products all over the bathroom counter, pajamas on the bathroom floor, and clean dishes that have yet to be returned to the cabinet (being able to do this is one of the perks of living alone). I love putting it all away once I get home because it instantly makes me feel more productive.

+ If you can, do it the night before. 

Lay out the cookware you'll need to make breakfast in the morning, prepare some overnight oats, put snacks and the appropriate notebooks and textbooks in your bag for the following day. Pick out your outfit, if you're into that (I'm definitely not that person). I shower at night, so I'll usually wash my hair early enough that it will air-dry in time for me to straighten it before I go to bed, so that's one less thing I have to make time for in the morning.

What are your productivity "hacks?"
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4 comments

  1. These are really great tips. I especially love the one about putting away clutter. Even the process of cleaning it up can make me feel more productive
    -Leah | www.thecuteandclassy.com

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    1. Exactly how I feel, Leah! I love having everything back in its proper place haha :)

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  2. Needed this right now! My to-do list is a mile long. I think having lists separate from your planner is so helpful!

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    1. Ahhh, good luck with getting everything done! I find keeping separate lists to be SO helpful with this!

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