Being productive is something I've always struggled with. I am the queen of procrastination and will often find myself doing ANYTHING other than the actual task at hand. Recently, however, I've recognised where I've been going wrong and have been taking steps to become much more productive, and organised (post coming on that soon!). I thought I'd share these tips with you, as particularly as the weather turns cooler, it can be so hard to want to do anything other than snuggle up in the warm and watch Netflix!
Have a work space
I feel like this is oh-so crucial in optimising your productivity. It can be so easy to tell yourself that you'll do some work in bed on your laptop, but the fact of the matter is, 90% of the time, that doesn't happen. I find having a place where I can focus on getting work done away from any distractions helps SO much. I have a separate office for blogging which has helped my productivity levels such a lot - instead of watching Netflix or having a cheeky afternoon nap, I sit at my desk and work away happily on my iMac. I find making the workspace as clutter-free and motivational as possible definitely helps - I think sticking inspirational quotes around the room always spurs me on, and looks pretty too!
Write a list
Who doesn't love a good list? List-making is quite possibly one of my favourite things to do, and there is nothing more satisfying than ticking a task off once you've completed it. Whether you like list-making on your phone, using good old-fashioned stationery or even a list-making app, write lists and most importantly, STICK TO THEM. I like writing daily or weekly lists with achievable tasks on them, and if I know there is a deadline to stick to (for example, I must get everything on this list completed by 4pm) I find myself working much more efficiently.
Clear your environmentThis goes hand-in-hand with my first point about having a work space really, but it's something a lot of people neglect to do. Giving yourself a clean and tidy environment to work in, clear from clutter and mess, is honestly the BEST way to get your productivity going. I am a very messy person and I know this is often the biggest reason I struggle to be productive - nobody wants to work in a messy environment! Wherever your work space may be, keep things clean and clutter-free at all times. Mountains of paperwork, post-it notes and general mess will never get your productivity flowing, so make sure your desk is totally clear of all distractions before you set about getting to work.
Listen to music
I am very motivated by music, so find a really good way of getting myself 'in the zone' when it comes to productivity is to whack some upbeat tunes on Spotify. I usually like doing this in the morning when I'm walking Rory, as the crisp cool air wakes me up and the music gets me in the mood to really get down to business and get work done. Once I'm home, I don't tend to listen to music when I'm writing posts as I get too involved in the music, but when I'm doing a big batch of editing pictures I always like to have some tunes on in the background!
Get yourself some cute stationeryStationery makes the world go round, right? It's quite possibly my favourite thing to buy, and at the minute there are so many motivational/get work done-themed stationery bits and pieces out there there is something for everyone to get productive with. I find weekly plan note pads/memo boards are great because you can easily plan your week ahead out, without having to trawl through your diary to find out what needs doing when. I also really like the daily notepads you can get (I've got a gorgeous one from Kikki K in the image above) which outline what you need to do for the day, your top priorities etc. I definitely find I'm more inclined to get work done if I've got some cute stationery to help me!
Set achievable goalsI find one of my biggest downfalls when trying to be productive, is setting myself far too much to do. If I feel like I have a hundred and one tasks to get done, it's highly likely I won't end up doing any of them. This is why I think it's so important to set yourself achievable goals - so instead of aiming to write 10 posts in a weekend, aim to do two or three really good ones. If you have a lot to do, instead of aiming to get it all done in one day, split it up over a few, so it seems less daunting. It honestly helps so much and is so satisfying once you've got everything done!
What are your top tips for being more productive? Let me know!