Saturday, November 18, 2017

Productivity Tips for Boss Babes

Whether you're still in college, are trying to keep focus at your desk job or are like me and are living that #freelancelife, productivity is something we all struggle with form time to time. Since I work from home and follow my own rules, being productive takes a lot of discipline and focus on my part.

Today, I'm sharing a few of my favorite productivity tips for the days I'm struggling to stay on-track!

T I M E   B L O C K I N G

When it's really difficult for me to buckle down and focus, I start with some really strict time blocking. Typically, I'll assign certain tasks to various times of the day. I try to be realistic about how much time I'll need for each task, but I don't over do it either. For bigger projects, I block out at least an hour so I can tackle at least a big chunk of a project.

Once the time slot for that project is over, I move on to the next project regardless of if I'm finished or not. This allows me to work hard and be productive, but also prevents burn-out on a project. By scheduling smaller chunks of time a couple times of day to work on something, I can finish a project within a week without getting sick and tired of it!

H A V E  A  D E D I C A T E D  W O R K   S P A C E

I'm sure you've heard this one before! While I love working from the comfort of my couch or bed, sometimes my head just isn't in the right place for that. On days when you really need it, a clean, dedicated workspace is an absolute must-have.

This place should be tidy, clear of distractions, well-lit and just overall inviting! Nothing will turn you off of working more than trying to work in a messy space. For me, a great workspace has awesome natural lighting, minimal decor and is quiet and tidy.

T A K E   S T R A T E G I C   B R E A K S 

This tip is basically just a spin off of the Pomodoro Technique. This technique basically stops you from letting a 5 minute social media break turn into an hour and a half of watching vlogs on YouTube (of which I'm totally guilty of).

To use the Pomodoro Technique, set a time for 25 minutes and get as much work done as possible. When the time is up, set another time for 5 minutes. Repeat this cycle two or three more times. On your last cycle, you get a longer, 15-20 minute break. Then start the entire thing all over again!

If you need breaks, this is a great way to feel like you're getting that rest without spending too much time procrastinating!

C H A N G E   Y O U R   S C E N E R Y

If possible, change up your scenery! If you're a student and working in your dorm isn't working for you, call up some friends for a study date. If you work from home like I do and are feeling uninspired at home, move to a coffee shop to get some work done! 

This tip might be a little harder for those of you at a desk-job. But even a change of scenery during your lunch break can help! 

Next time you're in a productivity rut, try some of these tips and let me know if they work out for you!

What are some of your favorite ways to buckle-down and get productive?
Leave me a comment below! 

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