There are so many tips and tricks to increase productivity throughout the day, but these are 10 of my favorite tips! I’ve found that incorporating these into my daily routine has really helped me focus my energy and get more work done.
Tip #1: Do a little bit every day.
This is huge! Breaking down big tasks and working on them in really really really tiny bits helps more than one would think. Knowing that a particular task will only take 5 minutes a day will help reduce the overwhelming feeling of having too much work and not enough time. This tip is something that some of the best students do, and it’s also key if you want to develop a new habit or get better at a skill.
Tip #2: Don’t worry about stuff.
You don’t need every single app or notebook or planner to get things done. Find a system and stick with it! What works for someone else might not work for you, so spend some time trying out different methods and find your fit! Remember that how you use your system is more important than what it consists of.
Tip #3: Choose 3 tasks that must get done and finish those first.
The easiest way to reduce a large to-do list is to work on the most important tasks first. Sometimes finishing everything on your list just isn’t realistic, and focusing on the most important things can prevent you from spending time on something that really doesn’t matter.
Tip #4: If something only takes 2 minutes, finish it right away.
It takes more time to plan when to do the task in the future than to do it right away. You’ll feel accomplished and you won’t spend valuable energy on something that ultimately doesn’t matter.
Tip #5: Use the Pomodoro technique.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Pomodoro technique you can read more about it here, or just by looking it up. Essentially, it’s a method of time management that breaks up work times in 20 or 30 minute intervals with breaks in-between. If you struggle with procrastination (and everyone does at some point) this technique is definitely worth trying out. So many people have had success with this method!
Tip #6: Take breaks and don’t feel bad about it.
It’s impossible to work in large stretches without giving yourself breaks. You’re going to burn out, and recovering from that won’t be enjoyable. Don’t feel guilty either. Enjoy your break wholeheartedly. Tell yourself that you deserve that break.
Tip #7: Say no.
You can’t do it all, so don’t try to. You know your limits, so don’t push them! Your precious time and energy won’t be wasted on something that you really don’t want to do, and in a few years you may not even remember doing said thing.
Tip #8: Keep a sheet of paper next to you to write down things that come to your mind, especially if your mind wanders a lot during work.
Part of my procrastination was due to the fact that my mind wandered a lot every time I sat down to try to get something done. Keeping a list of things that came to my mind while I was studying made it easier for me to focus on what mattered. Since the task is written down, you won’t forget it and when you have time later, you can go back and take care of it.
Tip #9: Keep temptations far away from you when working.
Whether it be your phone, email, or the TV, go far away from it when trying to get work done. There are a number of extensions and plug-ins that can block certain websites for a period of time which reduces the temptation to check Facebook one more time.
Tip #10: Monitor your progress.
I like to keep a list of all the things I’ve already done that day right next to my to-do list. I write down everything I’ve completed, no matter how small the task was. Sometimes seeing all the things that you’ve accomplished can make you feel better about the work in front of you. Applying this on a larger scale can be immensely helpful as well.
And that’s all! A lot of these have helped me with procrastination, so I definitely recommend trying these out. Let me know if you guys want any more posts like this, and don’t be afraid to ask questions! Best of luck!
I used to have a candle that smelled exactly like espresso and it was so nice I would always burn it while I wrote papers and I swear it helped me focus more ..just the scent of espresso alone made me more productive
Being pregnant has made me super sympathetic to the stresses of teenagers. Not that I was a cold wench before, but like, now I’m heaving with empathy.
Like, while I was still in first trimester, a freshman girl started tearing up because she had been sick and was behind on a paper, and I got all choked up too. "No no no! We’re not getting upset over this! That’s stilly! We’re going to take our time!“
And today, a sophomore staffer was writing her first news story that was due today–and she did procrastinate a little–but she got all pink in the face and I could see the sweat on her cheeks and nose. I was like, "Ahh! No! It’ll be fine precious bebe!” and I literally patted her on the head. I wrote her a pass for later in the day and I walked her through her story.