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Easy Tips to Improve Productivity

I’ve had a rocky relationship with productivity over the years. Strange thing to have a relationship with at all but honestly, productivity has had me wrapped around its little finger like a jealous, over protective, toxic boyfriend at times. I’m a very Type A sort of person, I struggle with not being productive and feel like I need to be doing, doing, doing all the damn time. I spoke more about this in a post I wrote a couple of years ago called always being the go girl but thankfully I’ve come a long way since then.

“So if you’ve had such a rocky relationship with productivity, what makes you qualified to give us advice?”

Well, nothing, technically. You can’t get a qualification in productivity. But I have learnt a lot about what works, what doesn’t and what you shouldn’t even bother wasting your time on over the last few years. I’m never not going to be a go-girl but when it comes to getting shit done, it really is a matter of working smarter and not harder. No amount of blog views or praise from your boss is worth beating yourself to the ground over.

Increasing productivity doesn’t have to involve a great big overhaul of your life. You don’t need to hire a life coach or turn to healing crystals in order to get into the right mindset (although if you want to do that too, that’s totally cool) so here are some super easy tips to help increase productivity:

Categorize and prioritize

A to-do list is your first point of call when it comes to productivity. Lists have changed my life. But there’s no use having one great big massive list with 200 things on it. That’s not going to make you want to be productive, that’s going to make you want to wrap up in your duvet and watch Netflix. Categorize your to-do lists into sections (e.g blogging, personal, errands etc) and highlight the tasks of the most importance.

Break down your tasks

And any particularly big or overwhelming tasks on that list can be broken down too. For example, if I’m faced with a particularly long and important sponsored post I have to write, I tend to break it down into sections. Writing the post, checking the SEO of the post, taking photos, editing photos etc. One big task becomes 4 smaller, more manageable tasks.

Stay organised

You know me, I’m the most organised person on the internet (or so I like to think) so I would reiterate this point until you can bare me no longer. Nothing bad ever comes from being organised. Being organised saves a heck of a lot of time and effort which you could be spending doing something else (like your actual work?) Try and organise your space, your laptop, your life a little more and you’ll find your productivity increase.

Have a tidy space

Probably should have put this one at the beginning but I find having a tidy space to work in one of the most important elements of being and staying productive. I work from home and my work “area” (which granted, is sometimes my bed) can often get very messy. The first thing I do in the morning, before I do any sort of work, is tidy up.

Shut off distractions

If there’s an important task that needs doing, the best way to get it done is to just get it done. But in today’s digital world, that’s not always so easy. Consider setting app limits on your phone to avoid scrolling aimlessly through social media, put the TV remote in another room, hide your book and just get. it. done.

Eat, drink enough water and move your body

You can’t be productive if you’re running on empty. Don’t under any circumstances neglect yourself for the sake of ticking off a to-do list. I know when we’re frantically trying to get ahead and stay ahead, we just want to keep going but I urge you to make sure you eat lunch, keep your water bottle topped up and if you can, make time to move your body throughout the day. I do Yoga every morning and always feel better for it.

Stay inspired

Make time to read other blogs, watch an interesting documentary, go for a walk in nature or anything that inspires you to keep going. There’s been days where I’ve got on my laptop at 9 in the morning and not looked at anything else for 7 hours. I feel cross-eyed, headachey and utterly rubbish afterwards because I’ve not taken the time to look at the big picture, get involved and engaged.

Don’t beat yourself up

Some days, it just ain’t going to happen. And that’s that. Nothing and no amount of “how to increase productivity!” blog posts will make you more productive. And that’s okay. Learn to accept it and move on. We can’t always be productive 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Remember there’s always tomorrow

And if you find yourself in that mindset, remember that there’s always tomorrow. Most things on your list likely don’t need to be ticked off this very second. So do what you can, accept defeat (because there’s nothing wrong with that – got an entire blog post coming about this!) and do it tomorrow.

I hope you found this post helpful if you’re struggling with productivity. Do you have any tips of your own to add? I’d love to hear them!

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Jenny in Neverland

Twenty-something lifestyle blogger from Essex. Book lover, Slytherin, organisational wizard and enjoys Motorsport, Disney and Yoga.

91 Comments

  1. awesome, thank you!

  2. So I’ve been binge-reading your posts for about an hour or so and I must say this is one of my faves. I’m one of those people who often feel guilty when there’s something I should do but don’t do it so when you said it’s okay and there’s tomorrow it really helped remind me that I can forgive myself because it won’t always be perfect.

    1. Awh I’m so glad!

  3. I think your last point “Remember there’s always tomorrow” is very important. We always think we need to get everything sorted straight away or if we do not do a task today something bad will happen, but in reality this is not the case. So we need to relax and calm down if we could not finish all the tasks today as we get another chance tomorrow.

    1. Absolutely 😌

  4. I love this post! Fully relate to my anxiety and Type A personality screaming at me when I’m unproductive- it really sets me off 🙈
    I like all these tips and I think I’m employing quite a few of them, though not beating myself up can be hard 😅 Great post 💜💙❤️

    1. Totally agree – I HATE the feeling I get when I’m not productive, I literally feel like I’m wasting my life???

      1. Yes, yea exactly!

  5. I think food is an important one people don’t think about so much. If I don’t eat I can’t concentrate and then I’m not as productive.

    1. I’m the same – I absolutely cannot function if I’m hungry x

  6. Breaking down tasks can make a HUGE difference! I think it actually tricks my brain into feeling more productive because I’m checking off more items on my to-do list more often. Thanks for the tips. 🙂

    -Elise

    1. Oh yeah totally! And when you feel more productive, you usually are 😌

  7. Great tips! I struggle with productivity sometimes. I’ve made a list of loads of things to do with the blog, and even making a list hasn’t helped recently haha. I think I need to break it down more, so I’ll try that! 🙂 I find turning off the internet or logging out of Facebook helps too!

    1. Breaking down a list can be so helpful! A long ass list is just as overwhelming as no list sometimes!

  8. This is such a great post.
    I definitely feel like I need to be better at the productivity so taking some points from this should help me

    http://littlemissmelanie.com

    1. Thank you 😌

  9. I needed to read this as I get so distracted very easily!! x

    1. I’m glad! I can too – doing these things have really helped 😌

  10. Brilliant tips! I’ve felt so unmotivated recently so I needed to read this haha. I’m with you on having a tidy space, if things are messy it just stresses me out and I find it takes me so long to get started on anything! xx

    Tiffany x http://www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

    1. Awh I’m sorry to hear that. Hope you’ve found your motivation!

  11. Interesting post! I also find that social media can be one of the biggest distractions (or hindrances!) I work during the day and spend a majority of my time on the laptop and so by the time I get home I’m too tired to sit and work on a blog post on my laptop. Do you have any advice on how to balance work and blogging?

    1. Social media definitely has its pros and cons in that respect! Blogging is my job so I’m afraid I don’t!

  12. Mollie Clarke says:

    Great productivity tips! I need to action them more!

    Mollie | https://mollieclarke.co.uk

    1. Thank you x

  13. I need to start making to do lists xx

  14. Victoria Austin says:

    A great post full of great tips, it’s made me want to get more organised with my to do list, I always used to end up with about 30 things on my list then only ever ticking off about a third… then starting the list again, and again. I always like to do that with blog posts too though, write each thing separately on the list – photos, writing, sharing on social media etc. I find listing each thing makes me more motivated to get them done.

    1. Thank you 😌

  15. Great tips! I have always been an avid list maker but I’ve only this past month started making to do lists each day again of what I need to get done. It has really helped me. I put out 11 posts for March, compared to 1 or 2 or none at all. Before I got sick in 2017 I was doing on average 20 posts a month, so it’s made me so happy that I have increased my productivity. There’s still more I want to set myself to do with regards to my blog. I have to say though that reading your blog related posts have really inspired me & motivated me, so thank you! 😀

    Sarah 🌺 || Boxnip || Latest Post

    1. Awh I’m so glad! I really couldn’t function without a daily to do list so I know how beneficial they are 😌

  16. This is such a good post! I’ve always struggled with productivity and feel like my mind is always running at 100 miles an hour, if never rests! These are really helpful tips! 😊

    Love Lozza xo
    http://girlygabble.com

    1. Breaking things down can definitely help with that! 😌

  17. Great post Jenny! The biggest learning on productivity for me has been a) not to be hard on yourself and b) keep only the most important tasks on your to do list and make them weekly instead of daily!

    Aditi
    http://www.aditispen.com

    1. Not being too hard on yourself is such an important point.

  18. Clem Loves says:

    Thank you so much for this post! I definitely have a rocky relationship with productivity. This post has really helped a lot.
    Clem xx
    http://www.clemloves.co.uk

    1. I’m so glad 😌

  19. roastn says:

    Ohhhh I like the breaking jobs into smaller bits idea. Thank you 🙂 When it’s too big of a job it’s just overwhelming.

    1. It sure is!

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