How to Remain Productive in Four Simple Steps

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Mondays.

The universal definition of boring, stressful, laziness, sleepy and downright depressing. Trust me, regardless of how hard you try to like this day, it seems like an uphill task to do so.

And being productive on Mondays seems like a long stretch, let alone being productive the entire week, right?

In fact, 70% of people hate Mondays, according to MentalFloss. Somehow we’re validated to hate Mondays, given the stats.

But I used the word somehow because the exact day is not to blame solely. It’s the mindset.

In an effort to downplay this notion, I think it would be fitting to find out how we can become productive at such times.

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What is productivity?

I like to think that productivity means being effective in your output using the littlest of resources available. These resources include time, money and/or energy.

Since Mondays are officially “lazy days”, you are likely to be unproductive. That’s why you sleep in (waste time), spend unwisely (waste money) or lag in your work (waste energy).

It fits perfectly.

 

So what should be done?

Martin Luther King said;

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy”

To sum it up, the times you are challenged are most likely the times you will need to be productive. Pretty much like how creativity sparks up when you are in chaos mode.

Take the example of Vincent van Gogh, who cut off his earlobe in an episode of manic depression. He was still able to make masterpieces like the Starry Night. That must have been a lot of chaos in the life of the famously celebrated Dutch artist. (Don’t laugh).

To avoid cutting off your earlobe, or any other body part just to spark productivity, here is what you should do.

 

Steps to Productivity

1. Schedule your tasks.

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In an earlier post where I talk about How to Avoid Procrastination, I talked broadly about scheduling.

Here it pops again. Scheduling is one of those very important tasks that are usually overlooked.

The reason could be that people think writing down schedules is just as promising as writing down New Year resolutions. Never works.

Okay, this is partly true. People just don’t know where to start with schedules. Lucky for you, I have you sorted out with a free calendar template.

All you need is to subscribe to my mailing list and I will send the template to you. A fair deal?

 

Why is scheduling important?

Forbes states that:

Staying on task and avoiding distraction is harder to accomplish than your actual work.

Scheduling helps you:

  • prioritize your tasks.
  • allocate your time wisely.
  • be aware of where you need to assert more energy.
  • know when to take breaks.

2. Disconnect

We all know who workaholics are. Those people who are just too immersed in their work to notice that it’s already nighttime and the offices have closed.

Most workaholics think that long hours in their offices guarantees a lot of productivity (or even a raise). But this is, sadly, wrong.

When you are swarmed with a lot of activities, it is best to understand that output is what matters. Normally your mind may be clogged when trying to juggle a lot of activities at once and you won’t concentrate as well.

Therefore, your productivity goes down.

How do you disconnect?

  • Take breaks. Not only do breaks help you break the monotony, but they are great for refreshing your mind. I use an app called Clipix on my laptop for time management. You can check these 8 Apps To Help You Get More Done in Less Time
  • Breaking your norm. Routine is boring, and the more you get stuck doing one thing, the more it becomes elevator music to you. Shock yourself once in a while by doing something out of your norm. Here are some ideas.
  • Napping. Sleep is essential for a working brain and body. Lack of enough sleep may lead to a bunch of mental and physical strains. Ensure that you take a power nap to restore your strength. (But not when your teacher is watching).

 

3. Single tasking

I may not be the first person who has heard that women are better at multitasking than men. As divisive as that may sound, I know I am poor at handling two tasks at the same time. I don’t know whether this goes to all men out there as well.

But multitasking, as much as it sounds magical, doesn’t really ensure productivity.

Read 12 Surprising Reasons Multitasking Doesn’t Work

Single tasking is what I believe works well for productivity because of a number of reasons.

  • Ability to concentrate on one task to the end.
  • Less energy is used up, which means faster output.
  • Time-saving.
  • You are able to execute the task more efficiently than when juggling with another.

 

4. Switch Up

As a blogger, I struggle with spicing up my routine. If I am not writing drafts then I am either replying to your emails or designing newsletters (please forgive me I wasn’t able to send one last week) or even replying to comments.

It can turn into a treadmill which goes on and on and on…

One thing I have learned is to develop new habits every week. These could range from doing things differently, taking up challenges, refraining from doing some things or completely stopping as well.

How does this help you?

  • You become more motivated. Imagine waking up and feeling as if you are starting anew even though you’re still doing the same old thing. Won’t that encourage you further?
  • You get mentally energized. Switching up clears any sort of creative block you may have. For inspiration, here are some 10 Creative Block Breakers that May Work on You.
  • You get more creative. Monotony is the enemy to creativity. When you tweak an aspect of your daily life, your mind is forced to adapt and come up with new ideas.

 

Here is a list of habits that you can take up:

  • Play mind-teasing games. If you are interested, Lumosity has great online games for an idle mind.
  • Rearrange your working place or home. The Feng Shui, as it is called, is a system that the Chinese use to be one with the environment. For great feng shui examples, check 7 Feng Shui Steps For Good Feng Shui in Your Home 
  • Consume inspiring content. You may never know the joy of watching a TED Talk or listening to a soulful podcast until you do. Have a go at it. (PS: I seem to be addicted to jazz)
  • Walk more. Most office workers rarely get up from their offices. The stuffiness of being behind a desk all day is dangerous than you may think. Use your breaks wisely and get moving.
  • Don’t hit the snooze button. Isn’t this one of the hardest choices we are all faced with? Don’t relent and snooze. Sleeping in will slow your day down.
  • Wake up an hour earlier than your normal waking-up time. I tried this once and I never stopped doing it. Giving yourself a head-start ensures you roll out the plans for the day with ease.
  • Create a personal mantra or charge. This is something you tell yourself whenever you wake up. Once you motivate yourself, no one will quench your inner fire.
  • Silence your phone when working. I will admit to being guilty of wasting too much time on social media when I have a blog post due the next day. (This happened yesterday).
  • Tell your pet all your problems. It’s not a mental disorder, take this from me, but talking to your hamster or puppy about what you are going through suddenly takes the burden away from you. Alleviating stress is key to being productive.

These are just some of the new things you can start doing to improve your productivity. I will be offering a list of more of these to my subscribers. They are SO many!  (If you want in, make sure you subscribe. Don’t miss out)


Which tips do you use to remain productive in whatever you do? Is there a favorite one of yours that I didn’t include? Leave it in the comments. I would love to hear from you. 


Awesome! Be super productive and always remember that your cat is ready to hear your troubles.

8 thoughts on “How to Remain Productive in Four Simple Steps

  1. I like to make sure I disconnect from everything at least once a week and at a reasonable time every night. I have been known for immersing myself in what I’m doing, trying to make sure everything is done; I would forget to care for myself. Now I have a newborn and fiancé, I have to put the phone down and step away from the blog to make sure I have time with them.

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