Written by: Morgan Kloby
Productivity: the effectiveness of productive effort, especially in industry, as measured in terms of the rate of output per unit of input.
There’s no cut and dry way to be productive. What works for you may not work for someone else and vice versa. For myself, I have to clean before I get any work done. If not, I’ll be distracted by everything around me. For others to be productive, they need clutter or a mess around them.
BUT, you never know what works or doesn’t for you until you try.
Check out these productivity tips below.
Start your day by doing something you love. Whether it’s getting up and working out, making breakfast, watching T.V., or cuddling with your animals, do what makes you happy. It helps set a positive mood for the day.
Get up early, sleep in, or nap it out. Some people are morning people; some people can barely crack open an eyelid when it’s time to get up; some people live off two hour naps periodically throughout their day.
If you’re a morning person, set that alarm extra early. Get your thoughts flowing and bones moving. If you’re a sleeper, like me, setting an alarm, getting up, and actually being productive isn’t possible. When my alarm goes off, I either ignore it and turn it off, or I sit mindlessly in my bed unable to move or think. As a sleeper, I’m most productive right after I get home from work, school, or really late at night. In college when I was studying, I got the bulk of my knowledge in from 4pm to 4am.
Write ideas down. Sometimes the best ideas come out of nowhere. Then in the blink of an eye, you can no longer remember the thought that crossed your mind. . Whether it's a note in your phone, on a piece of scrap paper lying around, or on your arm, write a few lines to remind your yourself of what you were thinking.
Relax. Don’t forget to take breaks. Overworking your brain can make you feel numb and dumb. In college, after I studied (crammed) for 12+ hours before a test, there would become a point where I no longer was productive. My brain was so drained after putting in all that mental energy that I was no longer helping myself learn. Break your own way. Do a round of yoga; watch an episode on Netflix; eat food; take a nap.
Make a to-do list. This is my saving grace. My brain works a million miles a minute. It is always jumping from thought to thought. If I ever want to get anything done, I make a list. The feeling of satisfaction I get when I strike off an item from the list is my favorite part. Need a little extra help actually starting the tasks on the list? Add some smaller, easy everyday tasks on there. For example, add tasks like showering, working out, changing out of your pajamas, taking your dogs out, etc. Completing even the smallest task can just start your productivity.
There’s no right way to get yourself to be productive. Charles Dickinson needed complete silence. He needed his pens, ink, and little statuettes to be specially arranged to help him think. Steve Jobs would only eat one type of food for weeks at a time. Bill Gates likes to sit in a rocking chair. Igor Stravinsky would stand on his head to get the creative juices flowing. Ben Franklin ditched his clothes. Whatever it is, it’s about what works best for you. For more tips and tricks about business, interviews, and more, check out the rest of our blog here.