Productivity: how to complete your tasks faster?

Does watching Tik Tok videos count as being productive? Unfortunately, no. If you are busy, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are productive. For example, aimlessly scrolling through your Instagram feed keeps you busy, but you don’t accomplish anything meaningful during that time. 

In this blog post, I am going to show you what you can do to increase your productivity and find your focus. Imagine being able to spend more time with your friends and family, because you are able to finish your tasks faster. Sounds good, doesn’t it? 

The 6 tips that I am about to share with you come 100% from my own experience and may be subjective. Nevertheless, I hope that you will find some of them useful. 

Let’s get started!

No.1. Get your body moving in the morning.

This is one of the most important points on this list. A few years ago, I started to go to the gym in mornings. What I realised was that after a gym session I feel awake, highly motivated, and ready to work. As opposed to spending a lazy morning, you feel that you have already accomplished something and it makes you want to do even more. Besides, physical activity gets your blood moving and improves the delivery of oxygen to your brain. As a result, your cognitive processes are enhanced and you feel more energised. 

Note: It doesn’t have to be a gym session. It can be any physical activity that you enjoy and/or are able to do. 

No.2. Have a consistent morning routine. 

What you do in the morning will directly affect how the rest of your day goes. If you get up at 12 pm and just have breakfast, that is how your whole day will look like: lazy. Wake up early every day (at the same time), drink at least one full glass of water first thing in the morning, exercise, and do journaling. A morning routine ensures high motivation, and high levels of energy and helps to develop a mindset for success. 

Shop here for my morning routine journal.

No.3. Identify your distractions and learn to manage them.  

Distractions are activities that take up a lot of your time but prevent you from completing tasks that matter. Imagine if you spend a total of 2h on a task (with 30min of watching TikTok videos in the middle). If you avoided this distraction, you would be done with the task in about 1h 30min. Distractions such as social media are often the killer of our productivity. We lose time that we can never get back and we don’t accomplish things that matter. If notifications on your phone are your biggest distraction throughout the day, put your phone on the “do not disturb” mode. If your work environment is what distracts you, make sure to change that.

No.4. Use your most productive time of the day to complete the hardest tasks.

I have read other blogs on productivity that say: use mornings to do the hardest tasks. I partially disagree with this statement. People are so different. Some of us feel the most inspired and energetic in the evening or at night. My personal productive time is morning, but it is not the same for everyone. Identify your productivity time window and use it to the fullest to complete the most challenging tasks and/or simply get more done. 

No.5. Consider your work environment. 

Your work environment plays a huge role in your level of productivity. Of course, TV, video games, and food can be potential distractions. But what about colours of your working space? How tidy is it? Is your working space ventilated well? These are all of the things that you have to consider as they can drastically impact your ability to focus and your energy levels. 

I (for one) have noticed that colours in the room I work in can truly change my mood, motivation, and level of energy. I need my working space to be all in light colours (white, beige, etc) and have large windows to let in as much natural light as possible. If these conditions are not met, I feel lazy and lack focus. 

No.6. Create daily to-do lists. 

I live for creating and completing to-do lists. I like to do them the previous evening to plan ahead. Every that I place next to a completed task makes me feel fired up and I aspire to accomplish more meaningful tasks. But it is not only about encouraging hard work. To-do lists act as a reminder to not forget what I have to do. When people don’t write what they are supposed to do, they often tend to forget. As a result, they are disappointed in themselves and other people are disappointed in them too. 

Do you have any productivity tips of your own? Feel free to message me on Instagram or leave a comment!

Shop here for my to-do list planner (Available in black & white).