Wow… I can’t believe it’s been 2 months since my last blog post. I’m pretty sure it was just February yesterday yet here we are, almost halfway through the year. And while we can all agree that 2020 isn’t shaping up to be as good as we expected it to be, I’m still keeping my hopes up that there’s a major plot twist waiting for us towards the end of the year. There will be a light at the end of this tunnel…there’s got to be, right?
Times have changed and things have been different. It’s been quite a challenge for all of us, adjusting to our “new normal” while still trying to keep our routines. I’m sure I’m not the first person to admit this—staying productive during this unique time is no easy task. That being said, I’d like to share my 5 tips that I have found helpful in keeping me in line with my goals still, amidst quarantine.
•FIND YOUR MOST PRODUCTIVE TIME•
This has been tricky for me and probably the one I struggle the most with. I know for sure that I’m waaay more productive in the morning, like around 9am. This is the reason why after so many years of blogging, I still find it hard to stay consistent because usually I can only find time to blog in the evening, when I get home from work. And of course being the sleepyhead that I am, as soon as 9pm rolls in (sometimes even earlier), I’m pooped out. So what do I do? I wake up early. I don’t try to fight it anymore. If I’m tired and sleepy, then I go to bed and make sure to wake up extra early in the morning. That way I will have more energy and my head will feel a lot clearer.
•CREATE MORE THAN YOU CONSUME•
This may be more applicable to bloggers/creatives but nevertheless, I think anyone can relate to this in some way. Social media/ internet is a great place to find inspiration, but at the same time it can be a huge distraction. And when you’re a creator or someone trying to build an online presence, it goes without saying that you spend a lot of your time updating your socials. It’s part of the job—the more you spend time on social media, the more content you consume. So, the only way for this to benefit you is to make sure you are consuming content that will help you better your own. Keeping a good balance between these two will really help you in the long run.
•SET GOALS AND FOLLOW THROUGH•
I already talked about this in one of my Instagram posts so I’m just going to repeat what I said on there. I can’t stress enough how important it is to set daily goals. And even more important to make sure you are trying your best to accomplish every single one of them. I know some days are harder than others, in which cases you are of course allowed to take breaks. But once you start feeling better again, pick up where you left off. I find that for me this has worked the best because it gives me a sense of accomplishment after finishing a task. It also tells me how true I am to my words. So when you say you’re going to do your workout today, do it. If you planned to do it in the morning and suddenly felt you’re not in the mood to do it after you got out of bed, try to do it in the afternoon or any time within the day when you feel most productive. Don’t just skip it all together.
•LEARN TO PRIORITIZE AND DON’T OVERWORK YOURSELF•
I am guilty of this as I like to keep my schedule full. I list down about 5-10 tasks a day, depending on how much time I have. A lot of times I don’t get to do them all but that’s where prioritization comes in handy. When I write down my plans for the day, I know which tasks I need to do first and which ones I can put off for the next day. While setting ambitious goals is good because it helps you stay motivated, if you do this every single day you’ll be burning yourself out in no time. Prioritize and treat yourself when needed. You deserve it.
•LOG OFF FROM SOCIAL MEDIA•
Okay, finally this one. Quarantine life has caused us to be on our phones 90% of the time (my screen time went up by 20%). I mean, what else to do right? I bet a lot of you already reached the point of downloading TikTok (don’t worry I’m with you on that lol) and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. I’m so grateful we have social media and technology to keep us entertained as we wait out this pandemic. Only thing that I’ll have to note in regards to spending time on social media is to make sure it’s not hampering your productivity. It is so easy to get lost in the scrolling. I personally don’t scroll (except maybe on TikTok. Gosh, that app is so addicting! lol). I log in, check my notifications, do the things I have to do and then log out. I do check my socials multiple times in a day (especially Instagram) and even though I don’t scroll, I often get distracted as I check on my notifications. Next thing I know half an hour has passed and I’ve completely forgotten the reason why I opened the app in the first place. If you’re not easily distracted, good for you. On the other hand, if you’re like me that has the attention span of a 5 year old, I think it’s best to take a break from social media from time to time. I don’t have a set day for this, I usually just listen to what my mind is telling me to do. But I would say taking a day off of social media is a good starting point.
So there you have it! These 5 tips on how to stay productive during quarantine really helped me stay on top of the game, so hopefully you found them helpful as well. Everyone’s different so it doesn’t mean that just because they worked on me, they will work on you too. But there’s nothing wrong with trying. Also, don’t forget that at the end of the day, what matters is you feel good about yourself. Self care always comes first and if that means you can only do the bare minimum, so be it. You do you. ♥