Do you ever feel like you can never get everything done, even though it feels like you're always on the go? I'm the same, as much as I love to be Superwoman, there's only so many hours in the day to get my shiz done. I think it's safe to say we're
CLEAR YOUR DISTRACTIONS
Whatever your task, if you have an exam to cram for, blog post to write or You Tube video to edit then make sure your surroundings are distraction free. You'll get so much more done when you're focused on the task at hand, I'm guilty myself of browsing the Internet or procrastinating endlessly when I'm meant to be tackling something! So switch off your phone, turn off the TV and get in the zone.
SET REALISTIC GOALS
I have all these intentions of being productive, getting everything done by a certain time but in reality life gets in the way, I get lazy and sometimes I'm just not in the mood. To combat this I set mini to do lists to simplify tasks so they're more achievable, such as setting yourself a smaller word limit for an essay that particular day or replying back to only a select few emails rather than all of them at once. Your tasks will appear less daunting.
I know it's obvious but having some sort of planner or organiser helps keep your plans and tasks in check. I don't use fancy apps or have a paper diary but find a tool that suits your lifestyle. I use the calendar on my phone and Google Keep for notes on the go. For our Wedding Planning I use Dropbox to store and share files easily. Don't get overwhelmed with writing endless lists, just work through one thing at a time and set little reminders to help you keep on top of things.
USE YOUR TIME WISELY
I try to utilised my day, from the moment I get up to when I leave work. I commute to work and usually spend this time checking emails, drafting blog posts if I'm feeling inspired, as well as replying back to comments and messages. It's surprising how much you can get done on the train! Find those windows of free time to go through your tasks and plan ahead, even if it's half an hour before you start work or a Sunday night. The weekend is when I dedicate the most time to my blog, shoot bulk photos and draft posts. Find a manageable schedule that suits you and try and stick to it!
QUALITY OVER QUANTITY
Don't be hard on yourself when you don't complete everything, there's no need to feel guilty or apologise. Enjoying and living your life is more important than ticking everything off your list. My blog is a hobby so I don't get too hung up if I don't post regularly, also I don't think people notice too much! Also try to find time to switch off and take time out from your schedule. I like to chill out in the evenings and zone out from the day. You can't be productive when you're on the go 24/7 and burning yourself out.
Thanks to Quinn from Desgettier for requesting this post. Hope you find it useful! Quinn creates and edits amazing You Tube videos, I enjoy watching them more than a lot of well known You Tubers - go subscribe!
How do you stay on top of things?
Worth a read: How to deal with days when you lack motivation.
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