10 Tips For Being More Productive This Fall
Does the change in seasons make you feel unmotivated?
It can be hard to bounce back and to get into your normal routine after Summer. With dropping temperatures and changing seasons, many begin to feel unmotivated and ready for early hibernation. But, if you live in the Northeast, it is important to power through the ever changing weather and find a way to stay productive – in your professional and personal life! The key is to figure out a way to focus and to set goals. Naturally, you will want to reach your goals, which will help you to grow as a person and to be more productive. Setting and achieving goals will also give you a great sense of accomplishment and help to improve your mindset and overall well being. The best part is – there are a number of little things you can do to set yourself up for success and happiness. To begin, write down all you hope to accomplish and see if there are smaller goals you can set that will help you to achieve your larger goals. Once you have your goals it is time to plan and prepare! Here are 10 tips that will help you to become more productive and to achieve your goals this Fall! Remember to have patience and to be persistent.
1. Surround Yourself with Ambitious People
Friends do have a large influence on you. If your friends are focused, then they’ll most likely motivate you to get focused. It is important to have people in your life who will make you want to try your hardest and encourage you to be the best version of you. If you feel like your friends lack focus or aren’t trying to grow as individuals, then maybe it is time to look inward for motivation or to connect with new people. By inspiring your own ambition – you may also be inspiring others to do the same!
2. Find a Hobby
Hobbies are a great way to increase both your mental and physical health. You are doing something that you love so it’s like a cleanse from your everyday stresses. Having a positive outlet and a way to relieve stress is important, so be sure to find a way to take a break from your busy schedule to do what you love. If you neglect to do this you will end up feeling rundown, unsatisfied, and resentful. If you don’t already have a hobby, you can ask your friends what they like to do for fun – maybe you’ll enjoy the same things! Or, look to see if there are any meet-up groups or organizations that share a similar interest as you. Finding balance in your life will make you a happier and more productive person.
In this time and age, we have become mindless drones when it comes to technology. That tweet can wait. And, is re-taking the same selfie 10 times worth your time? Your time is valuable and when you’re constantly zoning out on your phone, five minutes quickly turns into ten minutes, and then the next thing you know – it’s been an hour and you still haven’t done what you need to do. Make it a priority to get your responsibilities out of the way before looking at your phone. And – try to find ways to relax and have fun that do not involve technology. Hang out with your friends and enjoy being in the moment with them, rather than compulsively checking your phone. It will be a much more pleasant experience for both parties!
4. Find a Quiet Area to Work
The environment you work in is pivotal to your own success. Get away from all distractions and find “your zone.” If you work in an office, try playing light music in the background or wear headphones. If you’re working out of the office or after-hours, try going to a coffee shop, library, or even your own room to find some calm and quiet. If you have to lock your door so that no one can intervene with your working time, then do it. Remember, you have a task to get done, and no one can stop you unless you let them.
5. Wake Up Early
Starting your day early means more time to be productive! If you feel like it’ll be hard for you to stay awake all day – try going for a morning jog to wake up more. The more you do this, the easier it’ll get because it’ll start to become part of your normal routine. According to Forbes, early risers are more proactive and better planners. So, it might be painful at first but think about how much you’ll accomplish in the end!
A week goes by and you have been following your schedule and getting work done. Now what? Look back and reflect on what you did well and what you can improve on. Continue following your schedule and prioritize on the areas that need work.
7. Cut Your Power Naps Short
Do you ever wonder why you feel so tired after you nap for an hour or two? According to the National Sleep Foundation, humans are supposed to nap from 20-30 minutes in order to increase your alertness and performance. That’s why an hour nap may leave you feeling more exhausted than before. Long naps are also time consuming and will only slow you down. So, try to nap efficiently, or try to get more sleep at night.
8. Schedule Your Time
Time is always an issue when it comes to getting things done. It is hard to manage it, but not impossible. This is where you to try to discipline yourself. You might get a text from your friends asking you out for lunch or to go to a party and you really want to go, but you still have a lot of work to get done. Is a night out worth sacrificing all your hard work? This is your life and you have to take control. So schedule everything and by everything I mean, the time you eat, workout, and your work. It’s ok if you have to leave lunch early and it’s ok if you have to miss a party, they’ll be more!
9. Set Deadlines
Stop procrastinating! It is crucial to follow through with deadlines because they help to make you accountable. Even if you are not given a deadline, it is always a good idea to set a timeline for yourself to stick to, whether it is for reaching your goals or for work. By getting in the habit of setting deadlines for yourself, you’ll be better prepared and able to follow through when others give them to you.
10. Reward Yourself
Rewarding yourself is important – it is a great way to motivate yourself and reinforce the progress you are making. Your rewards don’t have to be elaborate – but, should be something that you look forward to and enjoy. For example, each time you get an assignment done with time to spare, call up your friends and plan a fun dinner out. If you love shopping, only purchase new items once you’ve completed a goal or checked a certain number of items off your to-do list.