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. Each of us is unique in how we handle life. What works for you may not work for someone else and vice versa. For example, I clean before I work. If not I’ll be distracted by everything around me. Others need clutter or a mess around them. BUT, you never know what works or doesn’t until you try.
Check out these productivity tips to see if they help you.
Start your day by doing something you love. Whether it’s getting up and working out, making breakfast, watching tv, or cuddling your cat, do what makes you happy. It can set your mood up for the day.
Get up early, sleep in, or nap it out. Some people are morning people while others can barely crack open an eyelid when it’s time to get up. 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 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 off work and get home or really late at night. In college, when I was studying I got the bulk of my knowledge in from 4pm-4am. Other people work best on naps. One two-hour nap here another there, never really getting a full night of sleep, might be what makes you the most productive.
Write it down. Sometimes the best ideas come out of nowhere. Then in the blink of an eye, you can no longer remember it. Whenever a thought hits write it down. 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 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 I was no longer helping myself. Break your way- do a round of yoga, watch an episode on Netflix, eat food, or take a nap.
To-do List. My saving grace. My brain works a million miles a minute jumping from thought to thought. If I ever want to get anything done, at all, I make a list. The feeling of satisfaction I get when I strike off an item is my favorite part. Need a little extra help actually starting the list? Add some smaller, easy everyday tasks on there. For example, showering, working out, changing out of your PJs, taking your dogs out, etc.
There’s no right way to get yourself to be productive. Charles Dickinson needed complete silence, and 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 while 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. If it floats your boat keep on at it.