My Top 10 Productivity Tips (Part 1)

I've been a huge fan of time management, focus tools, and productivity hacks for years now.

I can definitely get very left-brained at times, but productivity and time management are more than just "being organized."

They're how you do your life's work. 

They're how you live your purpose. 

They're how you determine and balance your priorities.

They're how you show up in your day-to-day life.  

Here are the first five of my top ten productivity tips - I hope you find them useful! 

 

1. Prioritize Your Tasks

Even if you jump around a little bit when you actually do them, it helps to know what's most important, so that you make sure it gets done by the end of the day! You should only have 3-5 Most Important Tasks each day - everything else is (vegan) gravy! 

 

2. Time Yourself

I've recently been experimenting more with the Pomodoro technique, and I'm really liking it. I just set a timer on my iphone: 25 minutes on, 5 minutes off (usually I do some Duolingo or get up and stretch), a 15-minute break after four 25-minute periods. I don't use it all the time, but it's a great tool, and has been helpful!

 

3. Take Productive Breaks

Need a break from a big thing? Do a smaller thing from your list for five or fifteen minutes! You'll get something else done, still get that mental break, and not feel like you wasted your time or get sucked into something unproductive! 

 

4. Break Big Scary Tasks Into Smaller Actions

Seriously - which looks more approachable? "Do food prep for the week" or "Make grocery list"? If your toes are curling up in fear at the thought of some of the things on your list, break them down! It's always possible to break things down into smaller tasks.

 

5. Rest

Nothing is more hurtful to your productivity than burnout - and nobody wants to be around you when you're putting off those hair-pulling vibes! Take EXTREMELY good care of yourself. Sleep. Drink lots of water. Eat lots of healthy food. EXERCISE 5-6 DAYS PER WEEK! I cannot overemphasize this enough. When you are fully fueled, you will be able to fully focus on your task at hand! 

Zoe Rae