These days it seems like we’re all super busy! And leading a busy life can make getting things done really hard sometimes. If productivity or motivation is an issue for you and your busy lifestyle, here are 10 productivity tips that will help you get it all done!
10 Productivity Tips For Super Busy People
Setting goals for yourself and your blog is one of the best ways to get ahead! Goal setting is proven to boost motivation, which is why it’s number one on this list of productivity tips! When you set yourself goals and break them down, you’re able to see clearly what steps you need to take to achieve them.
When figuring out what your goals are, it’s best to write them down. Writing your goals down helps you actually remember them, keeps you organized, and helps put what you want to accomplish into perspective.
You also want to break your goals down into smaller daily tasks. When you break goals down, you’ll find that it’s easier to take them on and achieve them. Instead of being discouraged by one giant, (and seemingly scary and unachievable), goal, you’ll have quick and easy to manage tasks.
For more goal setting tips check out How To Stick To Your Goals And Accomplish Anything!
Planning is a major key to being, and staying, productive. Similar to goal setting, when you write out your plans for the day, you’re able to see what needs to get done clearly. Plus, no more forgetting deadlines or important tasks!
You can plan your days, weeks, or months in advance. You can choose to use a physical planner or a digital one, or a random piece of paper every day. There are so many planning resources out there to choose from. Find what works best for you!
You also can decide what to plan out. Some people find it easier to have every detail of every day planned out. Others only keep track of the important stuff. Once again, find what planning technique works best for you!
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A super easy way to get work done fast and boost productivity is to set up time blocks.
Working in time blocks is when you set aside certain times to get work done. So you can set an alarm for an hour, and get as much work done possible within that hour. Then you would take a break and then continue working again for a set amount of time. Time blocks are great for managing your time as well!
Another option is to set aside specific hours of the day that you’ll spend working on things. Like between the hours of 10 am and 3 pm you’ll work on your blog, and the rest of the day is yours to spend however you’d like. Kind of like your own personal work schedule!
Many people think multi-tasking helps you get things done, but it’s actually the opposite. Enter: batching. Batching work is when you do all of a specific task before moving on to the next one. And it’s another awesome hack to boost productivity.
With batching, instead of writing and editing as you go, you’d write all of your posts and then go back and edit all of them later. Instead of taking and editing photos one at a time, you’d shoot a bunch of photos and then edit them all later.
Batching your work helps you get things done faster. This is because you’re only focusing on one task at a time. Instead of your brain having to switch between the actions of different tasks, (like with multi-tasking), it can speed through one and run slightly on autopilot!
Batching your work is one of the best productivity tips out there because it can also help free up your time! Since you’re getting all of a specific task done at once, you’ll soon find you’re weeks ahead of your schedule, which is always a good feeling!
Have a Routine
Having a routine to follow makes doing virtually anything easier! We actually function better with routines because we know what to expect. Instead of having to stop and think about which task to take on next, our brains automatically move onto the next thing when we have a good routine!
The best thing to do is find a routine that works for you and your needs. To do this take a look at your daily schedule and planned events. Then look over the things you need and want to get done and work those around already scheduled plans.
It might take a little while to fully get into a routine, but once you’re used to it, you’ll see how much more productive you can be!
Did you know, that when you live a healthier lifestyle it’s actually easier to be productive? Getting enough sleep, eating nutritious foods, and staying active can all boost productivity levels!
When you live a healthier lifestyle, your body and mind will feel better overall and you’ll have tons of extra energy too. And all that extra energy can totally help you accomplish your goals.
Looking for some powerful healthy habits to add to your life? I created a list of the 8 Healthy Habits That Will Change Your Life over on my other blog!
Do Not Disturb
This is one of the absolute best productivity tips out there! Seriously, use the “do not disturb” feature on your phone. It’s so easy to get distracted by a text or a post on social media when you’re working on something. You get a notification and soon you’re spending the next hour scrolling through social media, (we’ve all been there).
When you use the “do not disturb” feature on your phone, you won’t receive any notifications, which might help you avoid getting distracted while you’re in the middle of something.
If the “do not disturb” feature doesn’t stop you from getting distracted, try putting your phone in another room while you get work done. When you’re done with your work, feel free to scroll for hours!
It’s also a good idea to minimize all distractions while trying to accomplish tasks. If the T.V. distracts you, turn it off. When you’re in a room with other people and you keep getting sidetracked, move to a quieter space to get your work done.
A messy space can also be extremely distracting. Before getting to work, clean up your workspace. Remove clutter and organize your things so your brain isn’t preoccupied by some big mess in front of you.
Tackle the hardest tasks first
Another helpful productivity tip is to take on your hardest, or most boring, task first. You know, that task you dread and avoid and procrastinate doing? Yeah, that one.
When you avoid a specific task, you’re not doing yourself any favors. In fact, just avoiding that task could be enough to distract you from getting any kind of work done.
Try getting the hardest tasks out of the way first. Once you complete the hard stuff, everything else will seem super easy by comparison!
One of the biggest things that actually prevents productivity is working until you’re burnt out, so take a break every once in a while.
Yes, you should work hard and hustle if you want something, but breaks are important and essential.
You can and will get it all done, but not all at once. Take breaks, be patient, and remember to take care of yourself.
Great tips, especially with a lot of people working from home at the minute, thanks! X
I really liked a lot of the advice in this post. I struggle with trying to find time to blog. I am really going to try to find the time to batch work, I feel like that would be really helpful
Batching work really does help with getting tasks done more efficiently!
A Capone Connection says
These are really great suggestions! I haven’t really heard of the benefits of batching before. I think I will try this out for a few weeks and see if it helps me. I also am very guilty of getting distracted with things like my phone while I am working. Thank you for your insight. I am going to try to implement some of your suggestions.
So happy to hear that! I hope these productivity techniques work for you! (:
Gonna try the batching idea. Thank you for the tips!
Ashley Jones-Eaton says
Interesting! Tackling the hardest task has always been a struggle for me!
I totally get that! I used to always avoid the hardest things but I’d always waste so much time procrastinating. It’s so much easier to get the big or scary things done first, then you can get everything else done smoothly!
Some fantastic tips in this – especially during lockdown as times are really tough working from home with lots of distractions. Think I’ll be trying to implement these more and get back into a routine.
Thank you so much lovely!
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So happy to hear that you found this helpful! (:
I always forget to take breaks but they honestly help so much! Time blocking is how I schedule my whole day and get everything I need to do done. Highly recommend it!
Yes! It’s a total game-changer!
Berlian Widya Tama says
Great tips for me! Especially im currently being super busy and my schedule is messed up. This is helpful!
Happy you found it helpful! (:
I loved this post! I’m always so busy and I struggle with productivity. Thank you
I totally get that!!
I am going to try structured time blocking, it sounds like it will help keep me focused! I have a hard time with the social media distractions. Thanks for the tip!
That’s always my issue too! I find limiting distractions and time blocking both work really well together! (:
I love batch working when I’m working from home, As a seamstress it makes the most sense!
Great post, some really useful tips especially during isolation.
Thank you! (:
Thanks for sharing, I’ve been feeling so scatterbrained since quarantine started! These tips will definitely help!
Happy you found it helpful! (:
Amazing tips! I’m struggling with productivity a lot lately. I never heard about batch work and time blocks before. But it makes so much sense and I’ll definitely try it out.
They’re total game-changers, they really help get work done!