I get asked a lot by friends and family how I manage my time and how I stay motivated to do my blog, youtube channel and work full time. The truth is, it is hard work, but I found these five tips really do make a difference when it comes to being productive.
Clear your head
I always find when I am overwhelmed or feeling demotivated usually coincides with times when I have too much in my head or my focus is not on the task I want to do. When this happens I refocus myself as much as possible. Usually, this means I make sure my desk is clean as it can be at the beginning and end of the day, making sure I am in an area I know I will be able to work. (I know I am more productive sitting at the desk in my room so this is where I will do the bulk of my blogging/ editing and any prep work I need to do)
It is ok to say no
This one took me a while to get my head around as I am a people pleaser by nature. The truth is, you cannot do everything. We are human at the end of the day and we need to prioritise. This means occasionally having to say no to things from hanging out with friends to other engagements you may have.
Schedule me time
When you have a lot going on it can be easy to forget to schedule time for yourself and relax. Scheduling it in stops it from feeling unproductive and will help you recharge mentally.
Use the Pomodoro technique
If you haven’t heard of the Pomodoro technique, it is basically splitting up your tasks in half an hour segments, taking a break for five minutes and starting the next task or starting a new Pomodoro with the same task. I do this in hour increments instead of half an hour but the technique is the same.
Use Tools to help you
If you work in the digital space use the tools out there to help make your work more efficient. Tools like google calendar, buffer, last pass are all there to make it more efficient for you to get your tasks for the day done.
Finding what makes you productive can be a little bit of trial and error but it is worth every second and will make for a healthier, happier you.