I don’t know about you, but some days I feel like if it wasn’t for social media, TV, Sephora, and the strong urge to pet every puppy that walks by me — I would be a lot more productive in life. It seems that with all of these things so readily available, we tend to get easily distracted and disconnected from the things that we really need to get done. I know that I’m 100% guilty of this (I mean c’mon who isn’t??), but overtime I have come up with some strategic, simple ways to reign it all back in.
Yea, Bloodlines on Netflix is good (wtf is up with this last season though??), but you know what’s even better? Getting all the sh*t on your to-do list done, while still having time left in your day to do the things that you enjoy. The secret? O R G A N I Z A T I O N. And I’m not talking about sitting in an organized space (although — clean space, clean mind!) I’m talking about organized t i m e.
- Wake up earlier. I knowwwww, why the heck would I tell you to wake up earlier than you have to? Because! Waking up earlier not only answers the simple question of “how do I find more time in my day?” but it’s proven that getting a jump start before even the sun comes up (okay, maybe not that early) increases your brain activity, like a lot of percent. I don’t have exact figures to present to you, but I always find myself to be the most productive on the days when my ass got out of bed before 8AM. I really have my boyfriend to thank for this though, as his work hours (5AM alarm) is what originally got me into this routine, but now that I’m on it, there’s no going back. I can’t imagine laying in bed until 10AM anymore. Now I’m usually up and ready to get the day started faster than you can say vodka-soda (unless I had a few of those the night before). In fact, it’s currently 7:46AM, and here I am — writing this blog post.
- Destroy the distraction. Okay, I’m not asking you to smash your iPhone against the wall every time it pings with a notification, but something as easy as keeping it in the next room or, you know, putting it on silent, is a step in the right direction to eliminating those easy distractions. Seriously – put that sh*t on airplane mode if you have to. How many times have you been on a train or an airplane with no wifi and you had NOTHING TO DO? Think of it like that. We’re all attached to our phones — but remembering that your 3 Facebook notifications from Susan will still be there in an hour after you get through whatever task you’re working on. I also find that switching up where I do my work greatly helps with eliminating my distraction. I know that tip is really only geared towards those who work remotely, but even if you’re an office warrior, taking a lunch or coffee meeting to a new & exciting place can help get those creative juices flowing!
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- Work in cycles. Practice the 90-minute rule: work for 90 minutes, take a short break. Work for another 90 minutes, take another short break. Basically – don’t overdue it and reward yourself for staying on track. When you have a break, a smoothie, or a even a quick nap to look forward to, you’re more likely to stay focused on the task at hand to get to the reward even sooner. Treat yourself like a 4-year old if you have to, and just think of it like a circadian rhythm hack.
- Be realistic. Don’t set out to complete 16 different tasks in one day. While I know you’re most certainly the raddest superwoman on the planet, by over reaching on what you can realistically accomplish in 24 hours is only setting yourself up for failure. Instead, set one or two non-negotiable tasks that you have to complete. By prioritizing on just a couple of things rather than an entire laundry list, you’re much more likely to get it all done.
- DRINK A LOT OF WATER.. because I know how easy it is to forget to do that. Fill up your S’well, and sip out of that thing every chance you get. Yea, you’ll have to pee a lot, but something as simple as just drinking more water will not only make you feel better, you’ll also surprisingly have a lot more energy to carry on with your day. I used to be the worst with remembering to drink enough water until I made it a point to fill up my liter bottle at least 2-3 times per day. Now it’s second nature.