Do you sometimes wish you could be more productive instantly? I am sure you have! Everyone gets into productivity ruts sometimes. With these easy tips, you can start feeling more productive instantly. Read this post, but then don’t stop there.

Actually, do one or more of the ideas on this list (or write them down) so you aren’t just passively taking in information and not truly getting anything from this post!

Sometimes I feel like no matter how much I do; I am not truly getting anything done because my to-do list is still so long. At times like these, it is great to have a list of things you can do to be more productive right then, so you can feel like you are accomplishing something.

I hope these tips will help you be more productive today!

It is time to get right into the tips, so you can start being more productive right now.



Set reasonable goals

We easily fall into a routine of expecting too much from ourselves. As life goes on and the pressure from school and work increases, you feel the need to have sky-high ambitions. The downside of this is that most of the time we never fulfil these ambitions because the task set out was never reasonable enough, to begin with.

When setting reasonable goals, you have to take into effect your mood, schedule and other aspects of your life in order to make them achievable. Knowing your work ethic and feelings towards a task will help you in creating reasonable goals for yourself.

Analyse yourself before setting your goals, that way you’ll make sure to achieve them.

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Work with to-do lists

I know we all think we’re superman and will remember everything we need to do. Trust me, you don’t. Chances are you will forget to do something, which will probably pop up in your head right when you’re about to fall asleep. But aside from this very annoying occurrence, there are many benefits to keeping a to-do list. It decreases chaos, provides us with a plan, and checking off items gives us a little dopamine rush which makes us more likely to tackle the next task.

And though it has not been proven, I always find they work well because of a perceived deadline effect. You know how a task always takes as long as you give yourself to do it? A to-do list implies I’m meant to do it today, which will make it a lot more likely that I will actually do it today.

For a to-do list to work well, it’s best to be as detailed as possible.


Focus on prioritising

Prioritising is a huge part of having a productive day and it is especially important when you are not feeling overly motivated.

The first part of this is that when you prioritise your day you assure that you accomplish the most important tasks. So that if you really can’t motivate yourself to finish everything, then at least the most important tasks of your day have been completed.


The second part of this is it will make you feel more accomplished to compete important tasks that are weighing on you. And even that little bit of motivation that comes with feeling like you accomplished something can help push you to finish everything else you have to do.

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Start early

I have always found I am more productive in the mornings. So, for me, getting up early can allow me to make the most of my most productive times. There’s also something strangely motivating about being the first one up – being able to get through some tasks that could be harder as more people start the day and there are more distractions going on around you.

Making a habit of starting your day early is one way I can allow myself to settle into my work day – getting through my inbox first thing and getting started on my priorities.

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Use a calendar

Everything should be in your calendar – meetings, when reports are due in, when reports are due out, financial incomings and outgoings, etc.

By having all of these in your calendar, both meetings, deadlines, and reminders, it’ll help you be more aware of what is coming up within the next month, or week.

Knowing what is coming up, rather than relying on a reminder from someone else, is going to reflect better on you and your work, and will help you be better organised.


Make sure you take a break

If you’re anything like me, once you get started on a big project, sometimes you’ll get sucked into the work and try to finish it all without taking a break.

While this seems good, at the end of the day it only leads to burnout. Then, there’s the law of diminishing returns.


Part of good goal setting and healthy productivity is taking breaks.

Schedule a break into any major projects or goals for the day, and make sure you actually take a break when you hit your targets.

Breaking bigger goals down into smaller milestones helps you see your progress and stay motivated.

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Do brain dump

If your brain is all over the place, and you simply can’t figure out where to start, then you can do a brain dump.

Grab a sheet of paper and just start writing down everything that you are thinking of: things you have to do, things you want to do, household tasks that have to be done, things you have to buy, etc.

Then start putting checkboxes next to tasks, exclamation marks next to things that are urgent or time-sensitive, and smiley-faces next to things you want to do when you have time. (You can use these things as rewards for when you finish sections of your to-do list or large tasks.)

Also, note if you can delegate any tasks to someone else or if they don’t really need to be done. You may want to grab another sheet of paper and put your tasks in sections, or you could use arrows to group tasks together. You may even want to colour code your list.

Then you can prioritise the tasks on your list and get to work!


Get rid of distractions

Many of us are aware of the distraction in our lives that take away from our work ethic, the main one being cell phones.

Recognise what distracts you and put it away.


In my case, loud noises or conversations from outside distract me, so I always work with headphones on.

Learn how to combat your distractions. If getting a notification distracts, you’re from your work hid your phone from yourself to focus better. This might be a tough one but getting over your distractions will help the most in becoming a productive person.


End each day prepping for the next

Before you go home or stop work for the day, determine your first goals for the next day and prepare any materials you might need to start work immediately.

This will help you with continuity, particularly if the goal is something challenging, time-intensive or undesirable in some way.

For example, if your big goal is to work out early the next morning, make sure you pack your gym bag and anything you need the night before.


Remember your dreams

The final thing you can do to help turn your day around when you are feeling unmotivated is to take 10 minutes to really think about your dreams.

Remembering your dreams and goals is one of the best ways to get yourself going and motivated.

You are doing things for a reason! And even if the dream or goal is small it is still important.

If you have the time it can be very helpful to write down 10 of your main dreams or goals that you are working towards right now.

I have this list as a note on my phone and laptop and it’s great to glance at it when I am feeling unmotivated to help re-motivate me.


10 tips to be productive – Final thought

Right now, is an adjusting period for us all. During this adjusting period, it’s important to remember that you are not alone in this and that you are not the only one who is struggling to adapt to a new normal. We all have our own struggles.

The best thing that we can do when we are lacking motivation is to just continue on in bits and pieces and to keep moving forward as best as we possibly can.

Nobody is perfect, but those who never give up will eventually find their way.

What do you do to boost your productivity in your life? I’d love to hear the tasks you’ve included in your routine to help the whole day get off to a good start.

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