Hey, hey friends!! Something I struggle with a lot during the school year is finding time and motivation to get everything from homework to tennis to blog posts done. It’s easy to find yourself overwhelmed with a lengthy to-do list that only ends up leaving you stressed. Obviously, productivity is key when trying to tackle your lengthy to-do list, but easy distractions such as your phone and people around you can prevent you from hitting your maximum productivity levels Trust me, this happens to me all the time!
That’s why today, I’m sharing my #1 productivity tip that beats out all the distractions by giving into all the distractions. Does this sound crazy? Keep reading and you’ll see what I’m talking about 😉
Some people have the ability to focus on one thing for a long period of time, some people can only focus during short bursts of energy, while others simply can’t focus at all. The best way to productivity can come down to who you are and how you work best, but for me it all comes down to…
You may be thinking to yourself, “what?! but, Olivia, doesn’t that defeat the whole purpose of being productive if you’re taking breaks to NOT be productive?” My answer? No, it doesn’t defeat the whole purpose, rather taking breaks helps the purpose of productivity.
For example, I enjoy the end product of my blog posts, but sometimes the motivation to actually write them isn’t there. Therefore, when I was writing my How to Pose for Instagram Photos series, I would write one tip (about one paragraph) then read one chapter of my book. I kept doing this routine until lo-and-behold the blog post was finished! I have found this method to be more productive than just sitting and trying to grind out the whole blog post or essay or math problems all at once.
Balancing out a to-do with a more enjoyable activity like reading or a passion project can make your long-term productivity for the day higher, but seemingly less intensive. It’s hard to be busy all the time, and important for the sake of your own sanity to take breaks and relax throughout the day.
How frequently and how long you take breaks when working on a project/to-do is up to you, but I recommend every 25-30 minutes for at least 10 minutes. There are, of course, always exceptions, and if you feel as if you can keep hustlin’ through to the end with no breaks, then do it! You’re unstoppable!
But some days there are more distractions and its easy to lose focus. These are the days when my #1 productivity tip comes into play: take breaks for something you love!
I hope you enjoyed this post and will give my lil bit of advice a try next time you need to maximize productivity. Want to know more of my productivity tips? Let me know in the comments below! Also, free free to ask leave any questions or blog post ideas while you’re down there. Thanks so much for reading!