It’s 2:35 pm on my day off work and I’ve only just started typing a blog post.
Lately, it feels, long gone are the days I used to bang out 14 blog posts in a day. I’m just not as productive as I used to be and I need to get myself in check. Having less time to myself than ever before, I need to get a grip on my productivity by following the 5 tips below.
Turn off the TV.
As much as I like to think I can multitask, I can’t.
Having the TV on is a terrible habit I’ve fallen into lately. I think I’m being productive because I’m blogging while watching TV but really I’m only half watching the screen and taking pauses every few minutes to see whats going on on the box.
It’s much better to get everything done in a quiet room and leave some time for after for the TV.
Turn it off!
Stop looking at your phone.
I don’t know what it is about my phone, but if it’s within arms reach, I find myself aimlessly checking it.
Whatsapp, Twitter, Facebook, Messenger, Email – I look through them all without even thinking about it. Most of the time I’m not even sure what I’m looking for.
I have to remind myself that those notifications are still there for me when I’ve done what I need to do.
If you can’t stop touching your phone. Put it out of arms reach.
Close all other tabs.
Whatsapp messenger is a wonderful tool – but seeing that notification on your tabs can cause havoc to your productivity.
Same goes for Facebook messenger, emails, iMessage and anything else that sends you Instant Notifications.
Turn it all off and only have the tabs you need right now open.
Do your must-do tasks first.
Paying a bill, doing a load of washing, cleaning up, nipping to Tesco – get everything you need to do in real life out of the way first, this means you can get on with blogging without the feeling that you need to do other tasks.
Make time slots.
This was the best thing I ever did. Why did I stop doing this?
Split your time into 30 mins slots and write down what you will do in every 30 mins.
It’s amazing how much you can get done if you manage your time like this and hold yourself accountable!