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My Productivity Tips Masterpost
These are the things that work for me and I thought to compile them into a post.
Waking up in the morning
Prepare the night before another set of clothes.
Fill a bottle of water and keep it near the bed.
Make your bed.
I do all these to make sure I'm awake after I woke up. Staying in pajamas will make me sleepy while I study because I associate those clothes with sleep. The water bottle is because I forget to drink enough water and having it near helps a lot. Plus, by the time I'm done drinking 3/4 of it, I'm not sleepy anymore. When I make the bed, I don't feel like sleeping in it. It looks way too nice to disturb it.
Now, for how to wake up. I have a cat that wakes me up now but when I didn't have it:
Place the phone somewhere far away from you but still in the close proximity so you hear the alarm in the morning.
Use an app where you gotta shake the phone to make it stop ringing.
Find an app that analyzes your sleep movements so it wakes you up when you're not in a deep sleep.
Do not make a list of rules. Rules just stress you out. Make a list with suggestions instead.
Take naps whenever you feel like. I tend to take a nap 2-3 hours after I woke up. It might seem like it's too soon but after that I can do anything for the rest of the day without being tired or stressed.
Make an effort to be relaxed. I work better when I'm relaxed. Again, stress won't help much if it's giving you panic attacks that you can't achieve everything you want.
Have reminders around your workspace. I like writing sticky notes with my goals or motivational words.
Keep and agenda where you write your goals and step-by-step guides on how to achieve them.
Think of your goals as people. When you work for your goal, you take care of that "human", otherwise it will just get sick, starved, neglected etc. We think of goals as plans, ideas, dreams etc but that's not sensitive enough. However, would you let your pet die because you didn't give water to it? Would your mom not feed you because she doesn't have time? Nope. We tend to pay more attention and care to things that are alive so think of your goals as people. Maybe get a plant and think of it like it's your goal. Water it when you do something that day for your dream. If not, you'll see how it gets sicker and sicker.
This is important, you need to stay hydrated!
Fill all your water bottles before going to bed. I have 3 small bottles that I fill every night and that way I don't have to worry about getting water constantly since it's next to me.
Add flavoring to it. I personally like to add strawberry syrop to it.
Have an app where you water a plan when you drink water irl.
Choose 1 song and dance to it. Who said working out must be exercises? Just go and dance! Have fun.
Go outside for a walk. Walking is a great way of exercising.
Choose some easy exercises that you like and keep doing those. You won't see me running or lifting weights but I have a list with exercises and they are easy enough that I don't ignore them.
This is for those who plan and cook their own meals. If someone else does it for you, you don't need to stress over this so feel free to skip this part.
Think of what meals you want to eat the entire week. Planning them ahead of time saves you money when you shop and you don't have to stress daily over what to eat.
Make sure you're getting a variety of food/nutrients. Basically eat from different categories. My favorite way of doing this is to make sure I have fruits/veggies, cereals and some sort of protein in every meal.
Have a list with dishes you like. Since I have those 3 categories criteria, I made a list with things that I like to eat and I just choose from there when I don't know what to eat.
Make a to-do list for the day or one for 3 days. At the end of the day, add new tasks to the 3days to-do list.
Using a planner to schedule when to do what.
Refusing to do anything else unless I have fulfilled the task at hand.
Switch between tasks or parts of what you have to do. Let's say I want to clean my room but I don't feel like vacuuming yet, instead of giving up completely I do something else like folding clothes.
Imagine some crazy scenario like you must wash the dishes to save the world. If you use imagination, everything gets better.
Listen to battle music. Soundtracks from movies, series, anime etc. are made so you don't lose focus. They're good to motivate you when doing something.
Having a clean space is important otherwise you feel drained and like doing nothing.
Clean everything once a week but spend 5-10min daily to clean your desk, that universal chair where you throw clothes, your bed and whatever you threw on shelves during the day.
Open the window a bit. A room with fresh air helps a lot when you're tired. It's refreshing.
Try to clean right after you've used something. This works best for dishes but you can also put that book you used back on the shelf or fold the sweater you wore and place it in your wardrobe. It makes everything easier.
Think of something important... that makes your blood boil. Thinking of nice things is lovely but most of the time, what makes me achieve something is spite. Someone underestimated me? Gotta prove them wrong. Someone tried to make me look bad? Gotta show that I'm not an easy target. Doing things out of spite might seem wrong to some but hey, if it works, it works.
Think of every day as day one. The first day is when you always feel motivated and ready to move the mountains so think of every single day as day 1.
Choose between something uncomfortable. What would you rather do, take a cold shower or write that email? If you write the email, congratulations! One task done, if you take the cold shower, you'll feel uncomfortable enough to realize that writing an email isn't that bad.
In my list with suggestions I have this line "use your time wisely". That's regarding breaks and what to do with them.
Do not feel guilty for taking a break or for the amount of time you take off. I'm not talking only about a 10min break, I'm talking about 7days of doing nothing because you feel sick or depressed etc. You are the judge of your life so why feel guilty? Guilt will just make you stressed and stress makes you feel bad which leads to you panicking and not getting good results.
"take a day off so you don't take 5 later", if you think you're sick, don't be a hero and push through it. Take time to get better or you'll get sicker and then complain that you lose more time that way.
Know the difference between relaxation and procrastination.
Catch yourself procrastinating and reason with yourself. Why do you procrastinate? What do you have to do? Is what you do more beneficial than if you were doing something else/working for your goal?
Procrastinate by doing something productive. If I am to avoid my tasks, at least I should get something out of it. Don't want to write an essay? Clean your room. You won't be any time soon done with the essay but at least now you have a clean environment.
Do not give yourself time to think. The more you think of how difficult something is or how much time consuming it is, the more likely you are to give up and procrastinate instead. Focus on the next 2min and not the next 2 days.
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