5 Tips to Productivity

bedtime-3-1It is hard to be productive. Very hard. There are so many sources of entertainment calling our name. But, when you have a filthy house and are behind at work, you have to shut up the voices from your TV and social media, and get down to business! Here are 5 tips that could help you be more productive:

1. Dress nicely, yet comfortably

If your every day style includes sweatpants and a t shirts, you may want to rethink your wardrobe. According to the Wall Street Journal, a new study came out suggesting that wearing nicer clothes to work can improve your performance. Dressing nicer makes you feel more professional and puts you in the “mood” to work and be productive. This doesn’t mean your clothes have to be uncomfortably tight and painful, but wear clothes that don’t remind you of rainy days in bed.

2. Spend time with productive individuals

Nothing makes me feel worse than hanging around friends who are more productive than I am! Many of you may feel the same way, but don’t use this as an excuse to start your search for a new group of friends. Instead, try to model behaviors of the productive individuals you admire.

3. Practice, Practice, Practice

According to TODAY, it takes 21 days to form a new habit. If you want to stop checking social media in the morning and instead go to the gym, do it for 21 days. Want to quit watching two hours of television every night? Try limiting yourself to one hour and pretty soon it may be hard to sit through two hours!

4.  Reward your productive behavior

It is difficult to finish a daunting or tedious task when there is no reward or gratification in the end. Try setting up a personal reward system for yourself. If you hate cleaning the house, promise yourself that you can have a piece of candy once you finish cleaning all of the bathrooms. Difficulty checking and responding to emails everyday? Tell yourself that once you make it though all of your unread emails, you can spend 5 minutes surfing the web. Once your brain knows there is a reward after you are finished with a task, it will be much easier to stay focused and complete it. Just make sure you don’t reward yourself before completing the task!

5. Make a checklist

If you have a lot of tasks to complete, put them all into a checklist. But, instead of having just a general list, make it a to-do list for each day. However, make sure each day’s checklist is actually achievable. When you finish a chore, cross it off the list. You will be surprised by how rewarding it is to scribble off a task that has been on your mind or that you have worked hard to complete. Try to alternate between hard and easy tasks. Don’t get all of the easy ones done and have only difficult tasks to dread, but also don’t do all of the easy ones so that your list seems small (I know what you’re up to!) And now…you can check reading an article about improving your productivity off of your list.

5 Ways to Get Yourself Up in the Morning

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Do you have trouble forcing yourself to get out of bed to start your day? It may not always be easy to roll out of bed after a long night. Try these tricks and tips to fight morning the morning slump.

1. Set Your Alarm Clock Far From Your Bed

It can be hard to avoid hitting the snooze button, but that addiction can be easily averted by simply placing your alarm clock far away from your bed. Why put yourself through this strange form of torture? Well, if you get out of bed, you are more likely to stay awake than if you simply roll over to turn off your alarm will little to no effort. It may be uncomfortable to expose yourself to that cold morning air, but you will thank yourself later when you aren’t late to work.

2. Prepare a Tasty Breakfast

I don’t know about you, but nothing gets me up faster than a yummy breakfast. Are you passionate about eggs and bacon? Do you dream about waffles? If these foods are your cravings, then plan ahead to make them in the mornings. If you have food to look forward to, it is easier to drag yourself out of bed. If your morning is cramped for time, try to buy your favorite breakfast items premade or frozen. You can even make them the night before and have them in the fridge, ready for the morning. Looking for a healthier breakfast? Try an overnight oats recipe or a bowl of fresh fruit.

3. Do a Few Exercises in Bed

When you start to do exercise, you get your blood flowing and some adrenaline pumping. Obviously, it isn’t necessary to be drenching with sweat before you even start your day, but try doing a few situps or leg raises may help you get out of bed. Doing a few stretches in bed can also be a relaxing way to slowly wake yourself up.

4. Keep Slippers or a Robe by Your Bed

Chilly mornings and me don’t mix…ever. If you despise the cold like I do, choose to keep a robe and a pair of slippers by your bed. Getting out of bed is already miserable enough, at least if you have comfortable clothes to wear, it’s less of a shock to your system. Or if you’re really having a bad day, just drag your blanket out of bed with you to keep you cozy while you do your morning routine.

5. Wake Yourself Up 5 Minutes Earlier

This last one works for me personally very well. I simply set my alarm to wake myself up 5 minutes earlier than I need to be awake. This way, you don’t have to jump out of bed and energetically start your day. Instead, you can roll around in bed and slowly build up enough strength to pull yourself out of bed. Take these few minutes to enjoy the silence before the day officially begins. If you absolutely end up loving this technique, then you can even wake up 10 minutes early!