Sometimes you can get overwhelmed by all the work you have to do, and the sweet, sweet temptations of procrastination can be strong. That’s why I’ve compiled a short list of tips that have helped me become a more productive person, and not forget all the stuff that needs to be done. So, sit down, read and relax witches, because after this you’re gonna put your butt to work.
1. TIDY YOUR SURROUNDINGS
A clean and organized environment helps keep your mind clear. When your surroundings are a chaos, so is your mind. Whenever I need to concentrate and work my butt off, I either exit my messy ass room or tidy it. Don’t reorganize your entire room to optimize it, like I do every freaking week, just put everything away. In time with baby steps you can also do the whole reorganizing thing.
2. MAKE A PLANNER THAT YOU ALWAYS HAVE ON HAND
I could not function without my planner. I no longer have enough memory space to remember everything I have to do. So find a planner, an agenda or a simple notebook that you like, or decorate one.
The next step is to try and find the style of writing a planner that is most suitable for your personality and lifestyle. If you are extremely busy and have many different daily activities, it’s clear that you’ll need more than two lines for your daily TO DO LIST.
3. MAKE LISTS
This is the most important part! Crossing off items of your list is proven to give a psychological boost. You have a sense of usefulness and completeness. You basically feel like a productive adult, and not a lazy stoner. The more you do, the more you will want to do.
This is where it gets really easy to slip up and get discouraged. Don’t set gigantic and numerous tasks for yourself from the beginning. Start with baby steps. Write down the most basic daily tasks, such as making your bed, doing your nails and things like that. If you’ll write down “complete a 2000 word essay” you’re pretty much setting yourself up for failure cause you might not finish that in one day. Write that one too, but put it on the weekly tasks list, or divide it up on the course of several days.
You can also colour code your TO DO LIST according to the importance and urgency of your task.
4. START YOUR DAY EARLY
I’ve noticed that no matter if I wake up at 7 AM or 11 AM, I will fall in bed tired at the exact same hour. The early witch finds the mandrake! I find myself discouraged when I wake up late and see that it’s already noon and I’ve basically done nothing productive. Half a day is gone and I am nowhere near ready. By waking up early you also become more active and energetic. Being a night owl is all fun and games when you’re young, but as you begin to age, waking up early and going to bed before 1 AM can do wonders for your rest.
5. KEEP YOURSELF ACTIVE
No matter how small of a task, keep yourself busy! Let’s say you’ve got only one thing to do today, try to find more activities. Don’t just binge watch a show for the next 14 hours. Reorganize your crap drawer, explore new places, read a book, just don’t spend an entire day without doing something productive. A day wasted leads to another lazy day and so on and so forth.
MY DAILY MAGIC PLANNER
I hav a black Batman simple planner, that has lined pages and an envelope on the inside of the back cover.
I divide each page in the 7 days of the week. I am still experimenting with the perfect style, but for now I write my priorities and appointments in red, my blogging activities in green, and the rest in black. On the side of each day I write my vitamin D3 section and my Instagram section. If I took my vitamins I tick in the box below. Each time I post on Instagram I draw a star in the Instagram section. This helps me keep track of how active I am on social media and reminds me to post regularly so my account can grow organically. Notes, thoughts, phone numbers and stuff like are written in blue.
Some of the dates aren’t next to the day of the week because I added the makeup appointments before I wrote the dates. I forgot, see! It happens to everyone1 here’s another reason why I always need to have this planner on me.