Tips to Make Your Day More Productive

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e all have days when we just want to stay in our pajamas, eat crunchy peanut butter out of the jar with a spoon and binge Netflix for 24 hours straight. Unfortunately, if you’re like me, that’s not a realistic option for most days. When deadlines are piling up and I really need to get things done, these are my go-to tips to being productive. This being said, life is also all about balance. Making sure you’re giving yourself time for yourself. Time off is just as important as time spent grinding.

Do some form of exercise

Getting your workout in first thing in the morning before everything else will leave you feeling accomplished and good about yourself before your day has even begun. The endorphins released during your sweat session will put you in a fantastic mood to tackle the tasks ahead of you.

Work Smarter, not Harder

Basically, this means that you must commit 100% to the task before you. It may take you 3 hours to complete a task with multiple tabs opened to Facebook, YouTube and Instagram. When instead, the task could have been completed in 1 hour if you had no distractions. Quality of work is far more important than quantity of work.

Make priority lists, not to do lists

Instead of simply writing out what needs to be done in your day, put your day’s tasks in order of most important to least. This will ensure you’re on top of your work and allow you to manage your time effectively.

Schedule it in

Create deadlines in your calendar for everything that needs to be completed. Not only will this remind you of what and when things need to be done, but it will also ensure you don’t over-commit or forget things.

Turn your phone off

No, I don’t mean turn your phone on silent, I mean completely off so that you are not tempted to reply to that comment on your latest Instagram post. Fewer distractions will maximize the time you spend ticking things off your priority list.

Photography & Words: Michaela Taylor