Earlier this year I handed in my dissertation for my degree and during this time I feel like I really learnt what made me productive as a student. I wanted to share my thoughts on productivity and the things I have learnt in these past 4 years that I plan to keep in mind for many more to come.
Never underestimate the power nap
Some people say that having naps is bad but honestly I think they are great! Often I think we get hung up on this idea of as long as we are awake we will do work and be productive. I think this is not always the case. Sometimes we need to just stop, have a nap if we are tired and let our bodies rest. So that we can attack our jobs with full steam and energy and do things well.
Something I am very bad at is taking breaks. Breaks really help thought and they let you process what you're doing. Let you stop for a moment and get a new perspective on the task you're doing. So like I said I am really bad at taking breaks but I found that even going and making a cup of tea really helped. Another way I learnt to take break was watching an episode of something on Netflix while eating my lunch.
Post it notes are life
Post it notes are just amazing. I find it super helpful to have them next to me at all times. You can jot notes down on them or ideas that you have in the middle of doing something else. This means that you don’t forget your thoughts. I even keep posits next to my bed so when I cannot sleep or I get a really good idea as I am drifting off I can scribble it down and deal with it in the morning. In the past I have even made myself a kanban board with them.
To do lists for days!
Todo lists save my life, I find they help me to organise my workload and understand what needs to get done. I have found that best thing for me to do is create a big list each week of everything I want to get done. This means I have an idea of what needs to be done. At the end or at the start of each day I sit down and go over what needs to be done and make a to do list for that day.
This is something I started doing recently but I love it! It’s somewhere I can express my creativity but also have a very functional way to organise my life. This is where I keep all my lists. I find it allows me to lay out my diary how I want to see it and how I visually pick things up. I have a monthly view where I can plan out events for the future and have a feel for what I have coming, daily view where I plan my to dos and what events I have on and another monthly view where I put down big events that are happening that I need to plan for. Bullet journaling lets me to plan the way that suits me and I would recommend trying it out to anyone.
I know this seems really cheesy but I find that keeping some positives quotes on my wall inspiring. When I am feeling down or not motivated I find that reading quotes that inspire me, helps me be more productive. It reminds me why I am doing what I am doing. Re-Inspiring me to work harder and get the job done.
"Be somebody nobody thought you could be" - William Chapman