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5 Easy Ways to Be More Productive

How can we be more productive in a time of so many distractions?! We all know the feeling of really really REALLY wanting to procrastinate our to-do lists, right?

Yeah, me neither… 😉 *cough*

Seriously though, I know powering through our to-do list can feel arduous at times, but I’ve gotten pretty good at increasing my productivity even on days when I’m not in the mood.

Here are the 5 easiest ways to be more productive– and that you can implement right now:

1.) Put on blinders & set a timer.
How much time does the task at hand need? Twenty minutes? Two hours? Whatever it is, set a timer, turn a blind eye to everything else, and go into heads-down work mode until it’s done. I don’t let myself get a snack, reply to a text, or answer an email until what I need to do is DONE. No phone calls, no random Handstand breaks 😉 … just pure willpower to get it done. Plus, remember: when the timer goes off, you’re free!

2.) Close your email & turn off wifi. 
When I need to get something creative or solitary finished, I need to pretend like the internet doesn’t exist. I shut down my email and disable the wifi on my computer until I accomplish what I need.

3.) Turn up the speed on your mouse/ track pad. 
Your laptop’s mouse/trackpad default speed setting is usually somewhere in the middle. I turned the sensitivity all the way up so I can glide around my screen as quickly as possible. It sounds stupid, but it’s made a huge difference!

4.) Find a focus playlist.
I like working in silence (weirdo) but occasionally I’ll put on a Spotify “Focus” playlist and I really like it. Especially for work that’s monotonous, the Mellow Beats channel helps me find a groove and makes the work less tedious. Plus, no wifi needed! 😉

5.) Take the time to make your space comfortable.
Perhaps the biggest one for me was making my workspace comfortable. I have a cute green plant, every tool I could need within reach, and I always have a full water bottle and a hot mug of coffee or tea. My chair is super ergonomic and my space is clutter-free. I know this may feel like a waste of time to invest in setting up a little corner/space for yourself, but trust me on this. It took some time to organize and get “right” but it’s made a HUGE difference in how long I can spend focused here.

Over to you! What are you productivity secrets? Any tricks you’ve learned over the years (or recently) that you want to pass along? 

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3 Comments

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    Roger . Dutchie

    March 31, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    First.yoga is for me aloon .Each day is not different. I tray. I do in 1 group the body balance. I like IT. Iets make me happy and free. And gives me pos energie.and zen. And so l have me onder controle with Evert thing.

  2. Pála Margrét

    Pála Margrét

    March 31, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    No random handstand breaks??? Actually, when I don´t feel like doing anything at all I sometimes put on one of my favourite songs and yoga it out until the song comes to an end. Then I just feel so much better, done a little decluttering in my mind so I am ready to get back to work. I also love Spotify, I will play music for hours, I literally play music constantly. And there I can just listen to everything, I´m not much for silence, but when I put music on I tend to block it out – it´s like I´m making something to block all the other sounds, and then I block out the music – sounds weird 😉 And yeah, no wifi! I´m putting my phone on flight mode and turning the wifi off my computer a lot. And if I need to use wifi to study or something like that, the Stayfocusd plugin for Chrome is great! I only have 10 minutes for Facebook a day, and can not access any websites after 9 pm, when I´m supposed to turn off my computer. Also – declutter your phone, it will make you so much more productive. I turned off all notifications and put Facebook and Instagram in a folder in the back called “Timewasters”. So yeah, these are my top things 🙂

  3. Amanda Sides

    Amanda Sides

    April 4, 2017 at 11:49 am

    I’m really looking forward to getting settled into a place where I can make my workspace more comfortable. I really want a devoted area that I can decorate — and get a standing desk! I do think that will make a lot of difference.

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