MY PRODUCTIVITY TIPS + HOW I GET IT ALL DONE.

 

I would say I’m definitely a lot more productive now than I was a few years ago, and that combined with now having a blog means I feel like I’ve got a few tips that I think are actually quite useful up my sleeve..

 

UTIILISE ALL THE TIME YOU HAVE

This is probably the biggest tip I have and thats to really make the most of all the time you have. A prime example of this is at the weekend I knew I was going to be on a long car journey, so I spent the morning taking a few flat-lays that I knew I could edit on the way there.

Scheduling tweets while your having your lunch break is always a good idea too, as its surprising how quickly they seem to run out and its always a task to be ahead in. I am usually reading other people’s blogs whilst having my breakfast, as its something I really like to prioritise and find the time to do. Plus, I feel it in turn benefits my blog in many ways, whether thats leaving a comment to something I connected to, or seeing how other people do it on the Blogosphere.

 

MULTI-TASK

If I have a few jobs around the house I need to get done such as cleaning, tidying, I always make sure I’m either listening to a new podcast episode or watching a Youtube video I’m interested in. That way, it makes the chores so much less painful, and before you know it the place is looking sparkling again and it didn’t feel so bad.

I always find having a tidy household makes me work better and feel a lot more clearheaded. I struggle to get anything productive done when I’m surrounded by mess and clutter!

 

HAVE BREAKS WHEN YOU NEED IT

Theres nothing worse than desperately trying to be productive, when in reality all you want to do is lay in bed, eat biscuits and scroll Instagram. I like to schedule ‘mini breaks’ along the day where I can have a little rest, with a cup of tea, and take the load off for a few minutes. If I’ve had a really productive morning, I’ll take a more chilled out lunch break, so I’m restored for the afternoon.

Doing it that way, I’m much more likely to have the energy to do a bit more than I thought originally. Be sure not to beat yourself up mentally if you don’t manage to complete all the things you thought. Life is for enjoyment at the end of the day, not for ticking off to-do lists.

In terms of my blog, If I can’t think of content, I try not to worry about it. Luckily I make sure I’m quite ahead of my posting, so if I don’t manage to post for a week it’s okay. I’m not one of those people who can force out blog posts. If it’s not working for me, I leave it be for a while. Chances are after a few days off, your creativity comes back and you’re raring to write again.

 

How do you stay productive?

 

 

 

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  • Ooh loved all the tips you mentioned! We should totally utilise the time we have, nothing worst than wasted time. It’s something I’m trying to become more conscious of.

    And yes to taking a break when your creative juices are not flowing. It actually hinders your productivity. I’ve forced blog posts in the past and I ended up not really liking them. Great post! xx

    Coco Bella Blog

    • Thank you so much! I totally agree, I just can’t force myself to write! x

  • Matt Maidment

    Some amazing tips here! I need to get better and scheduled social media as well as just blog posts to give me more time for brainstorming new ideas.

    Matt // http://www.theguyontrend.co.uk

    • Thank you so much! I always try to schedule social media stuff when I have a spare 5 minutes! xx

  • good tips ! How do i stay productive? I am not too sure…? I guess whenever my 6 months baby is asleep and that i have no chores to do then I ll spend time on my blog, reading other blogs, watching YouTube.

    http://allornothing-blog.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/soaper-duper.html#more

  • It’s so important to take a break to keep productive! 🙂

    Editionemmagrace – Lifestyle blogger & Style Sharer

    • Definitely is! I feel like I get more done that way x

  • I needed to read this, was feeling a bit unproductive lately x

    Hadas | The Fashion Matters- Luxury travel and fashion blog

    • I hope you feel a tiny bit more productive now! x

  • Thanks for the great tips, definitely keeping these in mind

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  • These are such great tips! I definitely need to utilise my time more. Taking breaks is also so important for a refresh xx

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

    • It definitely is, sometimes I feel guilty but I feel so much better after having a quick 10 minute break xx

  • Lovely tips gal – I always try to use my lunch hour to get blogging admin like scheduling tweets or replying to emails done too. Having a break is so important too, I think I’m really in need of one at the moment but I just dont feel like I can take one yet because I’m never ahead of my posting – I literally write a post and publish on the same day which is slowly killing me I think haha xxx

    Sophie | Sophar So Good

    • Definitely have a break if you need it! Maybe you’ll have a epiphany while you have one, and work out a way to schedule more posts in the future? x

  • I don’t do it as much as I would like but I enjoy using my lunch break to do blog related work. And tidying while listening to a podcast definitely makes the chore more enjoyable. But, as you said, it’s also important to know when to take a break. As much as we want to make the most of our days, we all need days to do absolutely nothing, right? 🙂 x

    • Definitely! We shouldn’t feel guilty for having those days! We all need them! x

  • Laura Emilia

    Definitely agree with number one and I’m trying my best to implement it as much as I can! I’ve recently started writing blogposts on the tube on my way to work and it’s made a MASSIVE difference! I’ve felt so much more on top of my to-do list after I started doing that 🙂 xx

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

  • Diana Maria

    Making the most of your time is so important and one I struggle with at times. I totally agree with implementing breaks and really taking a refresher when you need it- they help more than most think! This was a great post with lovely tips Natalie! xx

    Sending light & love your way,
    My Lovelier Days

  • Zara

    I read blog posts when I have my breakfast too haha! x
    http://www.misszarabelle.com

    • I love doing it that way, I hate feeling like I’m behind on my reading! x

  • Lovely positive ideas! I like the scheduled breaks to recharge plan too. Very helpful!

    Keep Calm and start writing ~
    http://www.23millymay25.blogspot.co.uk

  • Oooh I love these ideas Natalie! I’m a big advocate of to do lists but can’t seem to get used to planners, the standard 99p notepad is my best friend! I also take little tea breaks every now and then and find that if I do a meditation and yoga in the morning I’m so much more productive during my day.
    Peta x
    http://www.pe-ta.com

    • I loved this comment Peta! I love doing yoga and meditating too! x

  • Great tips here Natalie! I multitask a lot as well. I put the clothes in the laundry then wash the dishes then do other things around the house or study then come back to laundry when its done! I agree with tidying the household too!
    xx Kathy
    http://www.kathywang.co.uk

  • I love the multitasking one.. it would definitely make hoovering more bearable! I’ve started to get up an hour earlier and have found I get so much more done for that extra 5 hours a week.. and then when I’m tired in the evening I don’t feel as guilty about not doing anything!

    http://www.limeafterlime.com