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My top tips for productivity

November 12, 2019

I like to consider myself as quite an organised gal.

From the little things like keeping my space clean and meal prepping, to bigger things like project management and efficiency at work, I’m generally considered an organised human. Although don’t look in my car right now, that’s one area that’s been seriously neglected.

Productivity and organisation come hand in hand. You can’t be productive without being organised, and you can’t be organised without being productive.

For instance imagine wanting to have a productive morning and get all your tasks done within two hours, but not really having any idea of what those tasks are. It takes twice as long trying to figure it out, meaning you’re not being productive at all.

Balancing a full time job as well as my blog and Instagram requires quite a bit of productivity. And that’s before we even mention trying to fit in enough sleep, exercise, eating well, being social, responding to emails, and other life admin bits.

Of course I’m not perfect, but there are a few things I’ve found that have really helped me when it comes to maximising time and getting as much quality stuff done as humanly possible.

1. A tidy space equals a tidy mind

This is a huge one for me. Aside from the fact I have some serious Monica Geller tendencies, I really do believe that the basis of all productivity is having the right environment. If you are surrounded by chaos it’s unlikely you’re going to be working at your best, so I would recommend choosing somewhere quiet and calm like a library, or ensuring your space is tidy and organised before you begin your task.

2. Put your phone down

Ironically straight after I wrote the number two I reached aimlessly for me phone. Nowadays we’re not often more than a meter away from our phones, even at work. I always say when your phone is on and near you it’s like another to-do list. Keeping on top of notifications, scrolling through Instagram, answering calls, and frankly anything else that pops up on the screen. It’s so easy to to be dragged away from what you’re doing when your phone is right there, so when you know you’ve got a task to complete, switch it off. Or if you can’t bear that, at least move it away from arms reach.

3. Make lists your best friend

I couldn’t live without to-do lists. Or lists in general for that matter. If I know I’ve got a lot to be getting on with, I need to visualise the tasks and I find the best way to do that is on paper. I know, I know, there are apps for this kinda thing, but for me the physical act of writing things down and being able to cross it off on paper helps my productivity so much more.

I find the CGD London, Getting Stuff Done. daily planner the perfect base for my countless lists, goals, and tasks. As well as being a place to pop my to-do list, it has gorgeous features such as Quote of the day, Shopping list, and even a place to track your water intake.

It’s beautifully put together and I honestly really enjoy filling in the sections each day (or at least a couple of times a week). It’s the perfect combination of motivation and inspiration as well as the ultimate planning tool. It really does have everything you need to stay on track and be the productive boss lady you want to be. Plus it’s super Instagrammable….

The lovely people at CGD London have given me a 15% off code, Esther15, so why not treat yourself!

4. Give yourself a break

Having a break is just as important as getting stuff done. If you try and fit too much in at once, you’re likely to experience burnout. Once that hits you’re unlikely to be able to work at your best as things become overwhelming, so schedule in breaks and ensure you always leave time for unwinding. If I’m working on my blog, I like to give myself a 10 minute break every 30 minutes.

5. Find your productivity rhythm

For me, I’m most productive from the hours of 6:30am to 11:30am. I’m such an early bird! Try and observe which times you work best at and plan tasks accordingly. At work for instance, I’ll schedule the tasks that require the most brain power or creativity in the morning, and the more mundane for the afternoon. At weekends if I have blog work to complete, I’ll always try and get it done before 2pm so I have the rest of the day to enjoy. It really does differ from person to person, so observe yourself for a while and ride that productivity rhythm.

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I would love to hear your best productivity tips, so let me know!

 

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4 responses to “My top tips for productivity”

  1. Melina Elisa says:

    Great post! I think my phone is definitely my biggest distraction. What I find helps me the most if keeping my phone on “do not disturb”. It stops my phone from lighting up. That way if I get a notification, I won’t know until I decide to check it. It just helps me that little bit from opening and checking it every time I get a notification. Great post ! xx

    Melina | http://www.melinaelisa.com

  2. Emma Thomas says:

    These are great tips! Especially your last point about learning when you are most productive. I did a little time log at work not long ago just to see how long stuff took me and found I was loads faster in the mornings. So that’s now when I try to do the important stuff.

    Em x
    http://www.emsworldblog.com

    • estherruthwyse says:

      That’s such a good idea, I think it’s so important to work it out. You’re an early bird like me! Thanks lovely xx

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