The Challenge to Being Productive
How can you be productive and make the most out of the free time that you have?
Most people probably find it easy to get things accomplished within their set schedule. For example, a 9-5 job only leaves so much time in the day for other activities. We go to work, do our job from 9-5, and then come home and crash. We may even force ourselves to catch up on the smaller mundane things that we’ve let get away from us throughout the busy week. (For me its always folding my laundry–if that isn’t the most boring job I don’t know what is.)
But, how can you be productive with your free time? It seems we all have a little more free time on our hands lately. (Check out my post here to discover 15 things you can do in quarantine!) Free time is fantastic, and using it to relax and do things we really love is essential. However, when we have an abundance of free time it seems it can also make it more difficult to get things accomplished–or maybe that’s just me.
I’ve never been someone who likes to just sit and do nothing for very long. I quickly get antsy and frustrated and need to be working on something or doing something that feels semi-productive. I have found that there are a few things in particular that help me to keep motivated and be productive.
Be Productive With Prioritizing
First, I’m a list maker and note taker. I fill my journals with notes and to do lists all the time. It helps me to prioritize my goals and tasks for the day. Prioritizing is the first key thing to being productive.
How do you prioritize? Here is what I like to do. In the mornings I’ll jot down all the things I need to do that day. Then, I number them 1 and onward according to their importance for that day. If I have more than 5 I take only the top 5 most important tasks and put them on that days to do list. The rest will be bumped to the next day.
The reason I do this is because we can very easily overwhelm ourselves with unrealistic expectations. It seems that the person that expects the most from us is often ourselves, and that can be good to an extent. However, there comes a point where it is detrimental. So setting smaller achievable goals and standards helps us to truly feel productive.
Keep Your Workspace Clean and Organized
Second, my best work is always done in a clean and organized environment. Keeping your workspace clean and organized is very important because it can have a large impact on the quality of your work. So good news, if the thing you’re trying to accomplish is cleaning, then you’re on the right track to being productive. But seriously, something about a pristine, organized workspace helps keep your head clear and your stress levels down. This is so true for me, that sometimes I’ll clean and tidy my room before I go to bed because it helps me sleep.
Making Tasks Enjoyable Will Help You Be Productive
Third, everything doesn’t have to be so boring. Do all that you can to make whatever you’re trying to accomplish enjoyable. Earlier I mentioned hating folding laundry, so often I’ll put on one of my favorite Netflix shows when I’m folding laundry to make it more entertaining. Or, when I’m cooking, I always blast music in my headphones because it makes it that much more fun. If I’m doing some sort of studying or computer work I’ll go outside and work on it in the fresh air and sunshine–anything that makes it enjoyable.
Being productive with our free time is not always easy. But, I find that when I put these three things into practice it is easier to keep motivated and accomplish all that I want to and more.