I am feeling pretty productive today, I have achieved more in the first half of today than I do most weekends. I got some schoolwork done, checked my email, read some of my book, worked on a college application, and now I’m writing a post! Good for me, only I am not always this organized and motivated and I’m sure some of you guys need some help in this department sometimes as well. So, I decided I would share some of my tips that I follow to keep myself somewhat organized and productive!
Tell yourself to: Just do it. No excuses! Self-motivation is what productivity really comes down to. You can’t blame your dog for “eating” the homework that you didn’t do forever. If you want a change in your life, you get up and make that change. This applies to something as small as reaching for an apple instead of the Cocoa Puffs for breakfast to making the decision to go job searching. I once read on another blog I believe, that the most successful people don’t possess anymore enthusiasm and motivation than anyone else. Then how are they more successful than everyone else? The answer is that they find it within their selves to get up and get something done. I am a very hard person to motivate, I’m super lazy! But I am a self-motivator and I speak to myself all the time (not aloud), because there is at least one thing that I just don’t want to do every day! I have this problem every single day of my life, but I tell myself that life’s moments aren’t always enjoyable but if you work hard enough, the reward will come to you one day and it will be great. I’m not saying that you need to go break a world record today, but to sign up for that cooking class you’ve always wanted to do. Driving by that relative you haven’t seen in two years? Stop by for a few minutes, let them know that you still think of them. Just do it.
Keep a to-do list. I have the app called Todolist on my Iphone, it was free and I use it every day! I like the way it is set up that a can make a list and classify it as a project (I made a book list to read), and I can add “tasks” that range from when a test is to an appointment date. Just title the task and pick the day that it’s on! I like this app because it fast and easy and free, though it does have its faults. None that really bother me, but I forgot how to make a task that occurs weekly to stay on my list instead of having to edit it every week, and you can’t put the time of what the task is but I just include it in the title. If you aren’t tech savvy or just prefer pen and paper, I also keep a personal planner with me at school because we can’t have phones. I personally pretty much correlate my Todolist with my planner, except I love labeling days on the planner’s calendars, like when my birthday is and when Christmas break is! But, don’t feel bad if you have to write an upcoming date is so you don’t forget, you’ll be glad that your nephew loved that awesome birthday present and your wife is happy because you took her out on your anniversary. All because you wrote it down, and remembered!
Make a dream wall! So this is on my long-term to do list for my room! I once saw this on another blogger’s post and I loved the idea! You can just buy one of those pillow cushion boards that you can tack things on or even a whiteboard with magnets would work! And what you do is just to put photos for memories, or photos that relate to a goal you have. Also, write some inspirational quotes to put on it, or cards someone gave you, or even just notes to keep yourself motivated! Put your senior tassel, some ribbon awards, medals, or even certificates you have received for being successful! Anything you’d like to put on there. This is a great visual representation to remind you what exactly you are working for and what you have achieved. I’m so excited and can’t wait to do this!
Have a place for work, and a different place for play. I don’t know if you have heard of this before, but there is this idea of having one particular place to work (a desk for example) and another to spend your free time, such as your living room. This keeps you from goofing around where you work, and working where you play. It is an act of discipline, and I know I need to jump onboard. We cut ourselves a little bit of slack, and next thing we know we’re cleaning crumbs from our keyboards or typing the words of a song into our essay. It is said to make your more productive and to eliminate distractions, and you’ll also enjoy your free time more!
There is just a tidbit of tips that you may consider taking up if you are on a motivational kick lately, like me. In fact, I’m so motivated I want to see how many books I can read each month! So if anyone would like to comment any suggestions, I am a big science fiction fan along the lines of futuristic societies (love The Hunger Games, Divergent, Matched trilogy, love The Giver so far!) and I also like Harry Potter, any Rick Riordan, and just random sort of nonfiction books like The Bell Jar. I appreciate your time, and your suggestions if you leave me some! Even if you would like me to recommend a book to you, I can certain try, especially if you have the same interests as me. Thanks guys and a bubbly Monday to you! 🙂