Saturday, 26 April 2014

How to be more productive

Being productive is hard, it doesn't take a genius to work that out. But today I was oddly productive, which lead me to thinking- what did I do differently?So I've looked at what personally makes me more productive, hopefully I can keep reapplying these tips so that freak productivity days are more frequent!

1.Change up your environment 

My room is being painted at the moment, forcing me to move from the same desk I always sit at and downstairs to the dining room table. I've found that a change in environment actually makes me want to work more, it refreshes my mind and takes me away from the place I automatically associate with work. Simply moving to another room or taking your studying to a coffee shop etc. spices it up a bit.

2.Immerse yourself in what you are doing

I know you've probably heard this a million and one times but eliminating distractions really does help. Personally, I feel guilty every time I log onto Facebook when I should be working but that doesn't mean I don't do it. Even music can be a distraction sometimes. Strip back everything that isn't what you should be doing- that one notification can wait. 
3.Give yourself time limits
It can be hard to get things done when your time's your own. Try setting yourself time limits for different things, 'in half an hour this and this will be complete.' This way you can measure your progress and work out if you are working too slow etc. 

Procrastination is hard to kick, but so worth it in the end when you have nothing left to do!