You know, working from home, or alone can be super hard sometimes, right? Well, it is for me at least.
But I’m having one of those I’m-on-a-freaking-ROLL moments right now due to a whole host of things that have happened over the last few weeks, so I thought I’d share the, uh, “secrets to my success” (yes, getting shit done is a measure of success for me, even if I don’t yet have much to show for it) because exams are also a thing that are happening for people, and I think you guys could totally benefit from the things I’ve learned while flailing about.
1. Get yourself a planner system of some sort
This seems obvious, but DUDE – I have been struggling with my system all year and it totally sucks.
I had a diary – nope!
I used To-Do lists – nope!
I tried online planners – NOPETY NOPE NOPE NOPE!
The thing that saved me? A weekly desk planner. I have wanted one for most of this year, and for ages I just couldn’t find the right one, until I had half an hour to kill and wandered into Typo (I bloody love the Cotton On group, don’t you?). There it was, all cute and the right size and quirky titles and space for thoughts and ideas and ahhh – just heaven.
Now, I am not suggesting that this is most definitely the system that will work for you, but the key is to keep trying different things until you find the one that sticks. If the planner system you are using right now isn’t working for you, it probably wont for the rest of the year, so why force it? You do you, baby!
But, I do recommend you have SOME system, because no system is just chaos. And while, I happily admit that I like my life a little chaotic, if you want to be a productive human, you have to have some way of fitting it all in and (most importantly) remembering all the things you need to do. If you don’t get something done on the day you write it down, it’s no big deal. Just write it down again and again and again until you do it. Eventually you’ll get sick of writing it so you’ll just do it to tick the thing off – SUCH a good feeling!
I spoken before about how much I adore music and how important it is to me, but as someone who has the bad habit of trying to watch TV shows in the background while I study/work (it can totally be done, just not as productively as I liked to tell myself), music is my saviour.
Now, I have tried the whole classical music route, but, it just doesn’t work for me. And if it doesn’t work for you too, that’s perfectly fine.
What does work? One song. One awesome song on repeat.
I am serious!
Right now I am at about the 35 minute mark of listening to Faded by Zhu and oh man, I have been so productive! Up to this point now is only 20 minutes worth of typing, and I was doing other cool stuff before that (have you checked out my new homepage?).
There’s something about listening to a great song (and a lot of the time I’m blasting it in my headphones) that is almost hypnotic. You bop along and you just get shit done. And when you get stuck, you just belt out some amazing lip syncing and you feel great again. Try it!
Other tunes I’ve been repeating these last few weeks – Sparks by Hilary Duff, The World Is Crowded by Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Can’t Deny My Love by Brandon Flowers, Don’t Go by Wretch 32 & Josh Kumra and Lean On by Major Lazer
3. Getting up early
Obviously, the earlier you get up, the more likely you are to have more hours in the day (I don’t do too much work at night). But for me, the days that I wake up at 5.30am and go to yoga are my most productive days. By the time I get back, I have two hours to make myself breakfast, have a cuppa, look at social media, have a shower and get everything together before it’s “Office Hours”. I always regret the days I snooze instead of going to yoga because I just laze around and waste my time, and I don’t feel anywhere near as good as the days I get some yoga in.
Holy crap you guys! Who knew that if you actually pay attention to your finances you can feel somewhat organised? Clearly NOT me! That is, until now.
Finances haven’t exactly been a strong point for me in the past (to be honest, I have a whole host of fear attached to money) but I have goals and I have a business, and for goodness sakes, I’m 28 years old with nothing in my savings account, it was time I got on top of that. So I did.
A month ago, I was in a used bookstore and I bought myself some book about being a financially savvy babe and read, like, one or two chapters before I discovered the Pocketbook app and totally changed my life. This app is rad – AND ITS FREE!
It syncs with your accounts (including your business account) and you can label each transaction into categories and it spits out stats, tells you when you have bills coming out, when you’ve been paid and where you are with your financial goals.
It has taught me so much already about how finance works, and I feel confident that I can get on top of things enough to have a vague idea about how to actually save and where my money is going. It truly is a life-saver for me – that ‘lightbulb’ moment.
I think I could even call myself an adult now.
I KNOW, RIGHT?!!
5. The no-bullshit friends
You know the ones. They wont lie to you if something doesn’t fit right, and so you know that if you’re writing an essay or a presentation or a blogpost or making some sort of decision, or you’re faffing about, they’ll tell you how it is. They encourage you but they also don’t let you get away with the stuff you let yourself get away with. They see the excuses and turn them around on you so you know you’re self-sabotaging.
Get some of them.
Preferably some that you can text/Facebook at the times you work/study and wont get bothered with helping you out.
What are your productivity tips?