Todays post is going to change your idea of work, sometimes it can be an absolute snore, routine can become so repetitive that you lose sight of initial goals, I’ll help you to stop procrastinating, stay focused and work efficiently.
We all slip off the bandwagon from time to time, sometimes the ideas just run dry, or sometimes you can’t not help but find yourself watching a 45 minute compilation of cat videos (yes I do this alot!) I apply every technique below to all areas of life; blogging, university and work. Success comes from fresh-minded idea generation and our ability to think outside the box, so perhaps you’re stuck in a rut, if not swerving off on a tangent, these tips and tricks are for you to apply to your every day life, remember it’s all in the baby steps!
WRITE DOWN WHAT YOU WANT
This may be the obvious one, but sometimes the only thing that can stop you is not admitting it to yourself. Maybe you don’t know exactly what you want but getting pen to paper can at least start the ball rolling, I write daily to-do-lists and by seeing a clear list of goals in front of me motivates me to stick to them.
Dissect it to smaller points eg: create blog post, take images, write text, upload etc. It’s easier on the brain to comprehend smaller chunks of information, and by writing yourself a list you’re only verifying what you already know. This could be as step by step instructions or as big as your yearly goals, it’s up to you but if it’s productive then you’re heading in the right direction!
I’m a fiend of good stationary, my motivation rockets when I know the equipment I use is either handy, humorous or just plain adorable. I got these from Ohh Deer (here and here!), from the Let’s Get Shit Done line, they have an amazing range of not only stationary but other funny, quirky odds and sods. I’ve also included my favourite Swarovski Crystal Ballpoint pen, something I think most people underestimate, my desk looks professional and my self esteem goes up a notch every time I use it. I seriously recommend good stationary whether you’re sat at a desk all day or not.
Cluttered studio, cluttered work, cluttered progress!
Have an ounce of organisation can help to stop you worrying about other things, I love people who keep a minimalistic desk, with the bare essentials, and by having exactly what you need at arms length you can keep your concentration on the important things. Consider filing things into separate cabinets, folders or drawers, if you can keep other burdens off your mind, the less you worry.
Haven’t we all spent hours on a sole task that could take us significantly less? I always wear a watch or keep the time near me, I hate the prospect of wasting time, as a person who thinks there should be at least a few more hours in the day I find it very important keeping track of the hours with a hectic schedule.
This can be a dangerous point if abused, and may lead to procrastination and many hours wasted on the internet scrolling. Tunnel vision leads us to making poor decisions and a great piece of advice I’ve always taken with me is to take regular breaks, get your eyes away from the screen/notepad and stay away from anything that requires high amounts of concentration.
I usually put on a Spotify playlist of soft sounds on my tablet. Just something to take my head to another place, and provoke some thought. My other method of relaxing is to put on scented candles, I am an absolute sucker for a good candle and have been loving this Pomegranate and White Fig scented candle by Flamingo Gifts, they’re getting pretty big now and I’d wanted one of these after I heard all the hype from fellow friends and bloggers.
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
This is of upmost importance, without faith and having self doubt you can dig yourself a deeper hole. Find what motivates you, what gives you drive and makes you want to halt everything so you can get something done! Don’t let other people put you down, you’re a wonderful human being with so many talents and skills, and to waste all those abilities would be a real shame.
Let me know what you do to keep focus!