9 Ways You Can Be More Productive

9 Ways You Can Be More Productive

Over the last few months, I’ve put in a lot of effort in trying to be more productive. Juggling between a full time job and blogging (and now YouTubing) hasn’t been a walk in the park, and in today’s post, I thought I’d share the top 9 things I’ve done that have made me more productive than ever.

Here are 9 Ways You Can Be More Productive

1. Make lists of what you want to get done

And I don’t mean mental lists. Writing down the things you need to get done makes those tasks seem official, and in my experience, gives you the extra push you need to get those things done. Having written to-do lists also makes sure nothing slips through the cracks and nothing matches the satisfaction and sense of accomplishment you get when you manually check things off your to-do list.

2. Be active

Fitness is the best productivity tool and the endorphins released during a workout give you the positive boost you need to get things done. This does not mean you need to spend two hours at the gym everyday. Even a half hour stroll or a dance session in your room will do the job. Not only will you look great, but you will also feel awesome.

3. Get rid of distractions

Distractions are the number one obstacle you will face on your path to productivity. You’ll be amazed at how much you can accomplish in little time when you’re not constantly distracted by your phone or Instagram or whatever it is that distracts you.

4. Drink up

Instead of relying on coffee to help you get through the day, drink some water. Dehydration can usually make you feel tired and sluggish so be sure to get those 8 glasses of water a day.

5. Make use of your commute time 

I’m sure most people take a minimum of 15 minutes to get to work each day (and if you don’t, then you’re very lucky). I usually take 20–30 minutes to reach work. That sums up to about 260 hours of my weekdays in a year! So try to make good use of this time – read a book or listen to audiobooks if you’re driving.

6. Take a 5-minute break every hour

Pausing and taking breaks will help you rejuvenate and get back to work feeling fresh. You could use this time to stretch, go for a walk or watch a motivational video to pump you up.

7. Apply the 80/20 rule

The 80/20 rule or The Pareto Principle can be applied to everyday life to help you be more productive. The principle applied in daily life basically implies that 80% of your results come from 20% of your actions. So once you identify the tasks that constitute the 20% of your actions, you can focus on getting those things done first.

8. Meditate

A cluttered mind cannot get any work done and meditating helps you clear your mind and focus on what’s important. You don’t have to spend too much time doing this; even a ten-minute session of you focusing on your breath can do you wonders.

9. Decide 

You could diligently follow all the things I’ve mentioned above but none of that will work unless you really want to be productive. So make the decision to be productive, say it out loud to yourself and then commit to that decision. The list of things you can accomplish is limitless but it all starts with you.


Those are my top 9 ways to be more productive. If you have any tips that I haven’t already mentioned, comment and let me know, as I’d love to learn more ways of being productive.

Also, I’ve recently started a YouTube channel and I’d love it if you could check it out and subscribe. If you’re a social media buff like I am, you can find me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

 

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  • there’s a unmotivated/unproductive bug getting everyone lately! i just posted my goals online in hopes to keep myself accountable for them because i’ve been incredibly unproductively lately. getting rid of distractions and sticking to a schedule has been helping a lot, but it’s the actually getting started and off my couch is what’s killing me! LOL

  • Maggie Isley

    I just wrote a post on productivity – this is one of my favorite topics! Tip #5 is my favorite – I was just telling my husband ways he could use his commute time better!

  • Dani Naughton

    This is so helpful! I find it so hard to not get distracted when i’m working! I love exercise for keeping me focused and energised. Great post! 🙂

  • These are such great tips! Some of these I’ve already been doing and they do help a lot.

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

  • Kaitlin

    Great tips! Recently, I’ve started listening to podcasts during my work commute – I LOVE IT! It helps me get my brain started in the mornings and I feel ready to tackle whatever comes across my desk in the morning. And after work, it’s a great way for me to decompress. Yay for productivity!

    – Kaitlin
    kedgotwed.com

  • Samantha

    These are great! I have found that getting rid of distractions (i.e. a million tabs open at once) helps me be more productive.

  • Great tips! I have been listening to audiobooks and podcasts on my way to work lately and it has been great. I feel so much more productive and I have been learning a lot of new things!

  • alicia nicole 💋 ✨

    I’ve been having a hard time with my production lately, so I’m glad I’ve stumbled upon your post 🙂 These are some great tips! I really like the 80/20 rule, it really lends a new perspective I haven’t thought of before! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Lists are HUGE for me! To-do lists are my fave and help me a ton. I also work in 20-30 minute intervals. I switch tasks whenever the timer goes off – so great for productivity!

  • I love making to do lists. It the best way for me to stay productive and also track my progress.

    Cristina | *janded

  • Hra Karidi

    Great tips!! this post is so useful 🙂 Thanks for sharing with us !!

  • Tara

    These are lovely tips. I wish I could be more active, but being depressed sucks sometimes it’s just my state of mind. I did however thought about meditating one day. I heard that really relaxes the body and mind and soul (:

  • Emily Moon

    Love these tips! I love making lists to help me finish up all the things I have to do, helps keep me on task.

  • These are really great tips. I’m learning to take a break every now and then, it really does help and listening to podcasts instead of music, on my drives really makes me feel inspired and ready to tackle my tasks.

  • Terri A. Wilson

    The 80/20 rule is a godsend. I live and breath by that.