Have you ever wanted to boost your productivity, but were unsure how to? We all have experienced that feeling of hitting a mental stop sign and not wanting to do anything else. That feeling where a little voice in your brain is reminding of you of an upcoming deadline, (perhaps an exam or a project) but another, much louder, voice is drowning the first voice out. “Don’t worry” it says, “we have enough time”, before it proceeds to guide you towards some form of procrastination or another.
And only when a few hours have passed, and perhaps a few seasons of a beloved TV show later, you have that feeling of emptiness and your brain feels full. This list aims to be your ultimate guide to help boost your productivity, so let’s begin!
- Get started! Now, before you start moving your cursor in an effort to leave this page, hear me out! Yes, getting started is the hardest part, trust me I know. what I found to work extremely well is to tell myself that I would only work for 5-10 minutes and then I would allow myself a break. Yes you heard me: 5-10 minutes. It’s a very short length of time but in that moment your brain engages into work mode and orientates itself to concentrating. On some occasions, I found that I would only manage to work for 10 minutes and then have that small break I promised myself. But on MOST occasions, at the 10 minute mark I would not want to break my concentration and would
- keep going for another 20-30 minutes or so. And in that amount of time you can seriously get down to business.
- Make a list of all the things you would like to accomplish for that day or even for the week. That way you can plan your time accordingly and make sure that you’re on track to reach your goals. And this brings me onto the next tip…
- Buy a diary! Or use the one found in your smartphone or computer. Some people may prefer having a physical diary in front of them, others may prefer a screen. It’s completely upto you! Personally, I love using my phone as a diary/planner, because it means I always have it with me so I can always monitor how much work I have left to do.
- Let’s not forget breaks! Studies have shown that taking regular breaks optimises productivity and helps your brain to not lose focus. The trick is to not have a
- eally long break, but have a short 10 minute break where you can maybe stretch, get a quick snack, or just check any notifications on your phone. But after that, straight back to it!
- Staying hydrated is key. Keep some water (or your favourite juice) close by and keep sipping at it whilst you’re working away. Studies show that staying hydrated can provide a real boost to your brain, and can help you focus more. What does it all mean? It means it can really make a difference and increase your productivity.[affilinet_performance_ad size=300×250]
- Leave some room in the day to get a little fresh air or even a workout. Don’t stay cooped up indoors all day as this can seriously affect your focus and mood. If you’re a regular gym-goer, plan your work around your workout sessions, or even just go for a short walk to get some fresh air.
- Some people find that they work best in the mornings, and some feel they can work best at night. Which type of person are you? Find what works for you and work at your most optimum hours.
- Location, location, location! Some people just can’t work at home. So why not try the library? Or at a friend’s house (if you know you wont become distracted). A new setting often provides fresh concentration for a distracted brain, and if you’ve made the effort to go elsewhere to study you should make good use of it!
- Music helps some brains to work, boosting productivity. If it works for you, then that’s great. If not, it means you can’t work with noise or other distractions around you. Get rid of them.
- Silence that phone! Turn it off! Put it away! Even having the phone in sight can be hazardous for those of us who are prone to procrastination. What I like to do is leave my phone in another room, or if that’s not possible I stuff it deep in my bag.
So have a go at these tips. Whether you are trying to revise for an exam or finish a report or whatever, you might see that this guide was all you needed to kick-start your productivity.