Photo of my desk and organization tools, like notebooks, planners and white board.

2 time-management tips to make your day more productive

Hi guys! Happy Friday!

Sooo planning and organization is definitely NOT my strong suit.

It’s just not in my nature to be that way.

Unfortunately, this causes problems with my productivity because I need to have some sort of structure.

My mind is all over the place, all the time ( thanks ADHD )

These are all invalid excuses and if I were to say it to one of my professors, they would laugh in my face.

Just because something doesn’t come naturally to you, doesn’t mean that you are incapable, you just have to try a little harder.

I’ve made some changes to my life and I have seen a HUGE difference in the amount of work that I get done.

You were born to be a winner, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win and expect to win.

There are just two things I do that make me 10x more productive:

Pretty to-do list on a clipboard

1. MAKE A TO DO LIST

I feel like this one is pretty obvious, but I don’t mean just make a list of things you want to do that day and either a) ignore it or b) don’t care if you don’t actually complete it.

When you make the list, don’t go overboard. Be realistic! Take into consideration how much time you have to complete these tasks.

Also make sure that you prioritize this list. Do what’s most important first and go from there.

2.  TIME-BLOCKING

I would like to thank Lauryn from The Skinny Confidential for this tip.

So basically, you set your timer for 5, 15, 30 or 60 minutes. You focus on ONE task. Nothing else. Don’t get distracted on social media or respond to that text, that defeats the purpose. Once the timer goes off, stop!

You can either purchase a time-cube from Amazon or just use the timer on your phone ( that’s what I do )

Notice that multi-tasking didn’t make the list?

Don’t get me wrong, multi-tasking can be a good thing.

I just don’t think that it’s the option for everything, ya know what I mean?

 

In some situations, it can actually waste your time because you aren’t giving complete attention to both, so you may not be retaining important information.

Here’s an example I’m sure all of you can relate to ( also one of my pet peeves )

Having a face to face conversation with somebody while texting or using your phone.

If you do this, SHAME ON YOU !!! It is SO RUDE.

You’re most likely paying more attention to what your text message says than what the person in front of you is saying.

I can’t even tell you how many times I was having a conversation with somebody that whipped their phone out and after a moment of silence ( they realized I’ve finished talking ) they go, “sorry, what was that?” OR they’ll accidentally say something they meant to put in their text message.

Another example: you’re in class and while the professor is lecturing, you’re using Facebook on your laptop.

I bet you didn’t retain some of the important information your professor gave.

The person that does this is usually the person that’s completely shocked about the quiz in the next class ( I have no sympathy )

ANYWAYS, TRY THIS and let me know if it worked for you.

Comment below if you have any tips or tricks you’d like to share with me!

xo

Nicole

 

3 Comments

  • Reply Natalie April 15, 2017 at 3:54 am

    Love this, great tips!

    • Reply nicoleking April 15, 2017 at 7:57 am

      Thank you so much Natalie! 💖

  • Reply Sharon Wu May 19, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    I practice both of these tips and they really help a ton! It feels so good to be productive 🙂 xo, sharon

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