and procrastination are two of my defining personality traits; if there are
tasks that can be delayed and put off until the last minute, nine times out of
ten I will probably do so. In fact, I am pretty sure I have all the symptoms to
conclude that I am allergic to everything and anything to do with work.
however, I have felt extremely under pressure with juggling work, my social
life, family time, errands, blogging – sigh, the list goes on! I decided
that it was time to get my life together, and adopt new habits that would allow
me to manage my time more effectively. By implementing a few simple changes
into my daily routine, not only have I noticed a massive difference in terms of
productivity, but I have also felt less anxious when a deadline looms closer. Keep
reading and you too can become an organised, deadline-smashing goddess!
What I have
found to be really useful, is to plan tasks and errands the night before so
that I am mentally prepared for the following day. The toughest tasks are dealt
with first thing in the morning because I’ve noticed that as the day goes past, my
brain slowly deteriorate and I am unable to concentrate on any assignment for
no longer than five minutes. Seriously, I am a zombie by 7pm.
workspace, tidy mind
nothing worse than being disorganised with paperwork. Countless minutes or even
hours could be lost scrambling through piles of documents, trying to look for
whatever it is that you need – time that could have been used in actually being
productive and getting work done!
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quick tidy-up before you undertake any major tasks, will make the whole process
run alot more smoothly. Every so often, dedicate an afternoon to delve into the
world of administration; get rid of any outdated paperwork and invest in
folders to group and file documents according to categories. This is a very daunting
and time consuming task but you will be thankful at a later date that you took
the time to do so.
all unnecessary distractions
place of work where you can actually be productive. One of my worst habits is attempting
to get work done whilst snug in bed, underneath my warm duvet, buried in a nest
of pillows, which, inevitably, always ends up in a nap or a full nights’ sleep.
your desk, or preferred place of work, is clean and de-cluttered. There is
always some kind of distraction that creeps up to detract me from my workload; after
a while, everything – and I mean everything- will absorb my attention. “Oh, is
that a pencil? * starts doodling *, “There’s
the book I lost a million bajilion years ago!” * starts reading *, “Hmm, this
sounds like a good time to learn about Rocket science!’ * starts googling
random facts *. My worst enemy is my phone; calls, messages, [insert pointless
internet activity here], but most importantly, social- media distracts me every
five minutes. All jokes aside, I need a Facebook intervention – why are other
people’s lives so interesting?! Must know…what …others are up to…
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So top tip:
Remove all objects that needn’t be there and only surround yourself with necessities
that will allow you to remain engrossed in your work. Presently, as I write
this post, I only have my laptop, my planner, pen, a glass of water and a
bowl of strawberries for nibbling. The phone is safely put away.
importance of breaks
is just around the corner and you have been up for three nights in a row,
desperately rushing to get your work done. However, working for hours on end
will only prevent you from producing a decent piece of work as you will most
likely be brain dead for the most part.
Allow yourself a 10 -15minute break for
every hour that you work; not only will this help sustain concentration but it
will also help maintain your energy levels throughout the day.
use this time to stretch my legs by going for a quick walk around the house, top
up my snack supply and fulfil my social media stalking desire. After the break,
I go back to my desk and review what I have produced with a fresh pair of eyes
and a clearer mind set.
yourself unrealistic goals. In a perfect world I would love to be able to post
a blog entry every single day, but this is practically impossible for me since
I have a full time job that is incredibly time consuming. When I do eventually
get some free time for myself at the end of each day, I am either too knackered
or feeling uninspired to write anything creative. For this reason, I usually
dedicate the weekends to write and snap pictures. I take my time to produce a
piece of work that I can be proud of, and therefore don’t risk jeopardising the
quality of my blog as a whole.
So top tip: Take
it easy; utilise your time properly as opposed to rushing to produce / do
something that you will not ultimately be fully satisfied with. Remember folks, quality over
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Lots of love, Ana