If there is one thing that I give tips to people on productivity and organisation. This is my thing. It happened in my last two years of school, I was drowning over all of my projects, homework, extra-curricular activities, and university applications. I needed to find a routine that would not only make me do my work, but stay on top of it, and also enjoy it.
I discovered that I am a very visual person and that this is something that really helps me to stay on track.
DEVELOP HEALTHIER DAILY HABITS
This goes without saying, but I’ve found that this is a tip that a lot of people actually need to hear. I’ll give you an example: if Wednesday is usually your free day, are you going to spend it watching TV all day or start that project? Which of these two will give you a better result in the long term?
One of my daily habits that I enjoy following is keeping my spaces clean. My room clean, my workspace clean. Not only does this develop a routine, it also helps me to be a lot more productive.
HAVE AN INTERACTIVE VISUAL CALENDAR
Now, this is something that I always used to have in my room but I’ve recently switched to having it online. This really makes it easier for me to add to it when I’m on the go and also to have fun with colours!
I created a weekly schedule online on Google Excel that I can access anywhere and made sure that it pleased me aesthetically and it was easy to use. This way it’s easy for me to add things, but I can also colour code and if I’ve got a set week, I can print it out!
+WRITE THINGS DOWN ON A PLANNER
This one is an extension of the previous point, but believe me when I say to do this. Physically writing things down helps you remember (yes, your teacher was right), and it won’t take much space in your bag.
My 2017 planner is small enough to carry in any purse. I also have always preferred to write things down on paper and believe that it looks more professional to write something down on a planner than to pull out your phone.
This lovely planner is from one of my favourite stationery brands Kikki.K, you can find the company on the link below:
LEARN TO PRIORITISE
This goes hand in hand with scheduling. There are a few ways to go about this:
- Timeline. Things that are due sooner rather than later.
- Learn when to say no. Can you afford to go to that lunch on Tuesday, or would it be better to reschedule it for the weekend?
- Try and get the hard things out of the way first, this way it will also decrease stress!
- Sometimes slowly but surely works best, try and start things earlier and do them over a period of time instead of procrastinating and hurrying to finish something at the last minute!
HOW YOUR MIND WORKS
Now. This is my number one. This is what changed the game for me. It’s so simple yet so effective for me and it’s changed my productivity entirely.
Sticky notes. Yes, you read that correctly. As I stated before, I am a visual person. From reading this blog post, I’m sure you can also tell that I’m a bit of a neat freak, so I decided to combine the two.
Directly in front of my desk, I have a calendar in which I will write my deadline on a sticky note and put it on top of the due date. By having these bright neon coloured pieces of paper right in front of me, it reminds me and brings me to continuously look at my deadlines.
The best part is, when I’ve completed a task, I can take off a sticky note and throw it away. Easily as that, and my goal is to always have that calendar as clear as possible! I actually found a way to manipulate my mind into having to do the work and used my weaknesses to turn them into a strength.
JUST SIT DOWN AND DO IT
A good practice that I’m (still) trying to develop is doing stuff as soon as I think of doing it and stop with the “I’ll do it in half an hour”. 9/10 I won’t do it, and my time will have gone by without any efficiency involved.
Most of the time, try to tell yourself you’ll do just “one bit” or a “part of it”. It’s more likely that once you get started, you’ll want to get a lot more done!
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