There are so many factors in the modern-day and age that work against your productivity, but good news is that there are ways to keep yourself motivated.
Here are some of the things that have worked for me:
1. Plan your day in advance
In my experience, I found that the days I plan for in advance go way smoother than the days I don’t. This is because I already know what I need to do and I, therefore, do not take a long time trying to decide on what to do. I also found that I get to finish my day’s tasks way ahead of time and who does not want a little extra free time.
I start off by writing down what I need to accomplish by breaking down my goals into smaller manageable tasks. I also pick out my clothes the day before. I know this sounds a bit geeky but it just makes my mornings way easier as picking out clothes in the morning can be a real hustle(I know you can relate).
2. Have adequate rest
Your body needs rest for it to function properly. When you get enough sleep your brain can focus better and for a longer period of time¹. This greatly improves productivity.
Tired minds don’t plan well. Sleep first, plan later. ~ Walter Reisch
3. Take short breaks
During these breaks, make sure to walk around and breathe fresh air. You could also take the opportunity to drink some water to kill the dehydration you probably do not know you are suffering from.
The break allows your body to rejuvenate and the walking helps the blood to flow to the brain better. This will leave you feeling re-energized which will motivate you to get work done.
NB: long breaks could promote the feeling of laziness so keep the breaks short.
4. Schedule time for social media
We are all in one way or another hooked to social media and more often than not we find ourselves lost in the midst of it.
“To do two things at once is to do neither.” — Publilius Syrus
Not scheduling time for social media might end up with you spending your productive hours on it and it could deter you from getting work done. One thing to remember is to stick to the schedule.
You can also use an app to limit the time you spend on social media. An example of an app is ActionDash.
5. Mute social media notifications
With everyone posting about their day on social media your phone could keep buzzing and that could easily trigger you to get hooked into spending your productive hours following trends that do not necessarily add on to your life.
I either mute notifications when I am starting to work or I preset it to mute at certain hours of the day. I only mute social media so that I don’t miss an important or urgent call.
This will create a more conducive environment for you to concentrate.
Bonus: Celebrate the small wins. This will motivate you to want to achieve more.
Feel free to share what works for you. You can do this.
: Ellenbogen JM, Cognitive benefits of sleep and their loss due to sleep deprivation. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15824327