Do you experience either one of the two extremes when it comes to being productive? If you’re anything like me, you’re either on a roll every day for a long time, or you’re barely making it by with little to no motivation. I knew that with starting the new year with very time-consuming goals, I needed a way to skyrocket my productivity habits so I wouldn’t give in to the will to procrastinate.
For a long time, I didn’t believe in morning routines. I genuinely thought that it would kill my creativity to start every day doing the same thing, but I’ve quickly realized that a little structure never hurt anybody.
Structure was the one thing missing from my life when I began to make the transition into remote work only. Working online may seem like a dream at first, but it takes an incredible amount of work to get anywhere.
In my previous post (link here), I spoke about the three main goals that I want to tackle in 2020. The main one being that I want to grow my online presence, and that requires the kind of consistency that I’m not used to. I know that showing up every day is a critical component to making that a reality, but the question remained, “how?”
How to Skyrocket Your Daily Productivity Habits
Let’s break it down. I want to grow my online presence, but I haven’t implemented any posting schedule, nor have I given enough time to my blog as I have to my other platforms. The one thing I’m not going to do is concentrate for long periods on a single task when I’m trying to grow in various areas.
Here’s what we’re going to do about daily productivity to make sure that we’re gaining the most benefit.
Don’t Let Unfinished Tasks Overshadow Your Current Projects
It can be easy to say that you want to complete something in its entirety before you move onto something else, but that may very well be the one thing that’s holding you back. I still have unfinished pages on my blog because it’s going to take some time to compile my portfolio to share as well as launch my newsletter.
If I stopped writing blog posts until this was complete, it probably would’ve taken a backseat to the rest of the things I’m trying to accomplish. So, while writing blog posts while the blog isn’t fully finished hurts the perfectionist in me, it’s taught me to stop striving for perfection and start producing valuable work.
Keep Yourself in Check
You know when you’ve stopped going to the gym, started eating horribly, and feel incredibly sluggish, so you’re left wondering how you got there? Yeah, that’s exactly what we’re not going to do. The most significant change I’ve made since the new year began was to keep myself in check whenever I found myself slipping. (Yes, it’s been a day, but it still applies).
I continually remind myself why I’m working so hard, what the benefits of that hard work will be, and I push through even when the last thing I want to do is create content. I started the new year under the weather, but I didn’t let it be an excuse to shove all my responsibilities aside. I took my time, worked at my own pace, and got it done.
Here are a Few Other Things I Do to Force Myself Out of Bed and Back to Work
- Set a ridiculously loud alarm and hide my phone.
Yes, because the act of getting up to turn off my alarm doesn’t mean I don’t go back to bed right after.
- Entice your will to open up your laptop with the latte incentive.
This is the one thing I refused to cut from my spending because it gets me up, in the shower, and out of the house to work while I indulge.
- Stop daydreaming about who you want to be and actually write about her.
This was something I added to my journal time because while I have this idea in my head of the kind of workaholic, boss lady that I want to be, I never really took the time to study the habits that might get me there. This goes alongside the time I spend reflecting because it can put into perspective what a little effort can do long term.
There is no time like the present to alter your life completely but to take it past the first month of the new year, you’re going to have to figure out the few ways that keep you working no matter what.
They’re not crazy if they work.
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Anisa Nasir is a freelance writer and aspiring novelist. She lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and family. She’s the writer behind As She Writes.