I just find it fascinating the notion of procrastinating by wasting hours reading articles on how to be productive. Oh, and please don’t take this the wrong way, I’m not talking about you here. I’m talking about me! I have a tendency of over researching before doing anything. So if I want to be productive, I could easily go down a rabbit hole of figuring out new ways to make the most of out my time.
Lucky for me, I’m actually obsessed with being productive, so both balance each other out. After years of procrastinating by looking for ways to be more productive, I’ve developed a little routine that helps me organise my day better. I feel a sense of accomplishment when I’m able to fulfil most of the tasks I set out to do in a day, be it big or small. Here are some of my tips on how to be a productivity queen:
Keeping things in your head and trying to remember everything you need to is overwhelming, so write everything down. Make daily to-do lists and you’ll get to see how much you actually accomplish in a day. Small victories count!
It might seem like a lot of work but it takes about 10 minutes to work on a few lists before starting your day:
- things you need to get done
- the “theme” or intention for the day, which basically means how you choose to frame your day and picking the most important task you need to focus on, like baking your mom’s birthday cake.
- things you’re grateful for
The One Minute Rule. Created by Gretchen Rubin, the one minute rule is a great philosophy to live by. It simply means that if something takes one minute or less to do, just do it. Don’t think about it, just do it. That helps when the small tasks feel so dreadful, you know? So when you get home just go ahead and hang your coat, don’t leave it on the chair on top of all the other clothing lying there.
Let’s move on to the big stuff. If there’s anything you want to accomplish within one year, start with the outcome going backwards. If your future self wants to be a guitar player in a year’s time, break it down into actionable steps, things you can do daily or weekly in order to get closer to your goal. Becoming a great guitar player overnight sounds daunting, but taking it one small step at a time doesn’t feel so overwhelming. It might not feel like you’re doing much, but you’ll be able to see the monumental difference it makes in a year’s time. Small habits decide your future. So write them down on your to do list:
Wednesday: 20 minute guitar lesson. (Check!)
“Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”. That’s the concept of Parkinson’s law, so don’t give yourself days to do something that can be done in a couple hours. Giving yourself too much time to do something probably means you’ll just end up procrastinating until the very last minute. Don’t do this to your future self. Future self is stressed enough already.
Take breaks. Go for a walk! Stretch. Drink some water. Make a cup of coffee. Your brain needs a break in order to be more effective.
Follow these five steps and I guarantee you’ll be a productivity queen in no time. Now go on run the world! The world is your oyster.