Staying productive after a long day of work used to be a very hard task for me. There’s many things to get done after a long day of work or school but procrastination can sometimes get the best of us. Negative productivity is definitely “a thing” and on today’s blog post I am going to be sharing with you 5 essential tips that have helped me be more productive after a long day of work.
1. The Basics
I used to think that I was superhuman when I was going into my 20’s. I used to stay up late to finish projects and I would wake up feeling like a million bucks. Unfortunately, the ability to do that doesn’t last forever. Getting a good 6-8 hour night sleep is crucial. When I wake up from a good night’s rest I feel more energetic throughout the day. In fact, it is scientifically proven that an adequate sleep can give you many benefits. Studies have shown that sleep plays a critical role in memory, learning and even immune function. It might not come to a surprise but retaining new information can be quite a challenge if lack of sleep is involved. Personally, when I don’t get enough sleep all I want to do is lay on the couch after a long day. Do yourself a favor and get into the habit of at-least getting 6-8 hours of sleep. I promise it will make a huge difference in your day-to-day life.
2. Set Goals
Setting daily goals is super important when it comes to staying productive! A daily planner is a necessity when trying to complete daily goals. I have a daily planner that I have out on my desk every morning. Now, Instead of having it closed I leave it opened so that every time that I sit at my desk I am aware of what needs to get done for that day. I also give myself about an hour for each goal. The way that I keep track of time for each goal is by setting a timer for myself. Also, when setting goals for the day make sure you make them realistic. It is impossible to conquer the world in one day so please don’t overload yourself with unrealistic goals.
3. Work at A Desk
So this tip is a necessity. If you are going to follow at-least one of my tips I suggest you follow this one. Working at a desk is very important because it reduces distractions. When I am working on a new blog post or a new project I’ve noticed that seating at my desk helps me focus a lot more. Honestly, I’ve tried working on things while watching my favorite TV show and let me tell you it’s quite a challenge. Just don’t do it! Also, make sure that you keep your desk area clean and tidy. Once in a while I find myself with a cluttered workspace and let me tell you it’s the most uninspiring thing ever. It is so overwhelming and stressful to work at a cluttered desk. Do yourself a favor and tidy up your workspace guys.
4. Set Reminders on Your Phone
By far, this is one of the biggest strategies that I have used to complete my daily goals. Phone reminders are so simple to set up however they seem to work like magic! If you have an iPhone then setting up a reminder is quite simple. The reminders app gives you the option to set a never-ending daily reminder at a certain time. I usually use daily phone reminders to complete simple tasks such as posting or even commenting on social media! Honestly, my engagement on social media has grown ever since I’ve started doing this simple task. To be quite honest, phone reminders seem to haunt me all day when I miss to complete one!
5. Don’t Try to Multitask
Just don’t do it. Simple as that. Multitasking is never a good idea. It never ends up working out. People always think that multitasking will help them save time but in reality multitasking usually slows you down. For example, lets say you have two projects to get done so you decide to do them both at the same time. Trying to complete two projects at the same time that are completely different from each other can be quite a challenge. In fact, it would probably take you a longer time to finish the projects when you’re jumping back and forth than it would take you to finish each of them separately. Why you ask? Well it mostly has to do with your mindset. In reality, it is actually way harder to focus on two things at once than focusing on one thing individually.
These tips have been a life saver for me. I have implemented them into my afternoon routine for the last couple of months and it has changed the way that I feel at the end of each day. Adulting is hard guys. No one ever said it was going to be easy. Always remember to breathe. Don’t overwhelm yourself with stress and work overload. Everything will get done when you fall into the pace of positive productivity.
Let me know in the comments down below what you do to stay productive after a long day. It’s always refreshing to try new tips and techniques!