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Whether you’re a student. parent, employee, or all of the above, productivity is important. Being productive means that you have more time to enjoy the things you truly care about while being secure and happy with the work you’ve done.
We want that for you, so we have four tips to help you be more productive.
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Step 1. Plan Ahead
This one may seem obvious, but when have you taken the time to actually do it?
Before the start of the month, look at your calendar. Do you have a ton of social events planned? Is it the start of finals at school?
Knowing what you have going on gives you the power to deal with it. Spend an hour to plan your calendar and prepare for what the month has in store. If you want to be more productive, you have to know what it is that needs to be done.
Step 2. Use the Pomodoro Technique
“Sorry, what? Isn’t that pasta sauce?”
No, but the Pomodoro Technique is pretty wonderful anyway.
This style of productivity was invented in the 1980s. As fancy as it sounds, it’s incredibly simple.
To do the technique, you have to set a timer for 25 minutes. During this time, focus on ONE task, and one task only. Don’t start writing and then go to check your email, don’t send a text in the middle of your work, and don’t start a conversation before that timer goes off.
Push all of those things to the side, plug in some headphones and focus on being productive.
Once your 25 minutes is up, take a five-minute break and allow your mind to wander. Use the bathroom, stretch, text your friend.
After that 5 minutes, repeat the whole process again. Do this until your task is complete.
There’s something within the time spent and the time away that actually helps your brain focus. After my third round of a Pomodoro session, I’m so focused that I don’t even want to stop for that five-minute break. However, I always do. I know that’s the best way to prepare my brain for the next 25.
Step 3. Batch Your Work
Shoutout to my all time favorite boss lady, Jenna Kutcher, for this incredible way to be more productive.
Batching your work is the act of sorting your tasks into sections, and then completing one entire section during the day. For example, one day you could do a weeks worth of Spanish homework (using the Pomodoro Technique) and complete each assignment before it’s due.
The idea of doing so much at one time can seem overwhelming, but I promise you, once you get into it, it isn’t.
The magic is that by the second assignment, you’re in the zone. Your mind will adjust to the task at hand, making you super productive. You don’t have to get your book ready, do your “pre homework ritual” of coffee, or find a quiet space to work. You’ve already done all those things by the time you’re onto the second assignment!
Step 4. Create a Productivity Playlist
If you’re anything like me, you can’t listen to music with words while you work. Every time I do, I start dancing. Once I start dancing, I don’t stop. All in all, not very good for productivity!
The best way to buckle down and focus is by playing some tried and true productivity music. There’s a reason things like Baby Einstein exist. It’s actually good for your brain and scientifically proven to help you focus and develop.
There are a million playlists on Spotify. I recommend spending some time exploring them and find the one that helps you to be more productive.
If you don’t have a streaming subscription, there are plenty of options on Youtube. A simple “productivity music” search will bring you to where you need to be.