In a time like this, we’re all looking for ways to get our lives in order and take charge of the day from the comfort of our homes. If you’re anything like me, you used to equate productivity with being outside of the house, whether that was a coffee shop or the office. Now, you may find it challenging to stick to your daily schedule and get everything done in a timely fashion.
I’ve spent the last week trying to modify my sleep patterns, calm my overwhelmed mind, and cope with my anxiety. This week has been about regaining momentum, writing on schedule, and meeting my deadlines.
I’ve had to make quite a few changes to my daily routine to accommodate a productive lifestyle while being indoors, but I’ve compiled a list of everything I’ve done that’s kept me motivated as I get the work done.
Haul Yourself Out of Bed Before Noon
Waking up in the afternoon was the first sign that I let my schedule completely derail. I don’t find my evenings to be particularly productive, and I’ve been finding it hard to get everything I need to be done finished during the daylight hours.
So, I had to make the extra effort to go to bed a little earlier, get a quality night’s rest so I can take advantage of my morning time. I need those additional few minutes in the morning to sit with my tea before the day starts, so I had to learn to account for that time.
If waking up early is just not your thing, at least try waking up an hour or two earlier than you’re used to. Giving yourself a little extra time during the day will benefit you and your work in the long run.
Keep Track of Your Tasks and Motivate Yourself
You’re going to have to be your own cheerleader if you want to get back to completing things. While I missed having my on-campus university classes present to give my day some structure, now I’ve had to find a way to balance both my academic and work lives.
I’ve been utilizing a daily planner and to-do app to keep track of everything I do during the day. I break it all down into smaller to-dos, so I have a clear picture of what to do next while I start working.
Don’t let your planning be the step that overwhelms you, because that’s going to kill your productivity faster than procrastination will.
Fill that Bookshelf and Read to Your Heart’s Content
I’m wildly more productive if I’ve spent some time during the day catching up on some reading, even if it’s for 10-15 minutes. This is because it puts me in the right mindset to start, making me feel inspired and able to create on my own terms.
I’ve been trying to compile a list of a few good reads that I will be sharing very soon once I’ve made it through because that is how I’m going to be spending my evenings.
Using reading time to recuperate at the end of a workday not only leaves me feeling motivated to get up and work the following morning, but it makes me feel like I’m accomplishing something when I’m engaging in a leisurely activity.
Block Out a Time-slot to Focus on a Single Task
The constant switching between tasks can disrupt your train of thought or even cause you to lose track of the progress you were making. I know the pressure is on to get everything done before the sun goes down, but if you take the time to focus on one task at a time, you’ll be much better off.
Focusing all of my attention on a single task until its completion was tough for me in the beginning. I constantly had to bring my mind back down to earth whenever it was distracted.
Though eventually, it became a lasting habit that has benefited both my work and academic life, giving me a bit of breathing room at the end of the day because I usually manage to get all of the high-priority tasks completed.
Do the Things That Feel Good
Especially at a time like this, self-care is of the utmost importance. I’ve been making more time to spend with my family as we’re all social distancing under the same roof.
Having that time to reconnect with the people closest to you will help you to recharge and get you ready to tackle what you have coming up next.
In addition to my reading time, I usually like to have a rather specific night routine in place that lets my body know that it’s time for bed. Once I get into the mindset of rest, I can shut off work for the night and remind myself that recharging my mind is just as crucial as utilizing it throughout the day.
Becoming a highly productive person is a framework that you’re going to adopt over time. Starting small and building lasting habits will allow you to reach your goals in a way that won’t leave you feeling burned out or exhausted.
I hope these tips help you to stay productive and continue working towards achieving your goals.
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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.