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10 Ways You Can Double Your Productivity

June 15, 2020

Some days being productive can feel like a burden. This is especially true when you can’t change your environment. Such as being stuck in your home during lockdown, or not being able to afford an office for your business. There are ways to combat those negative thoughts, however, and double your productivity for good.

Below I share my top tips for doubling your productivity. Implementing these can tips change your life for the better and help you get more done. These may not work instantly as lifestyle changes are for the long term, not the short term. It’s important that once you’ve implemented these changes, you keep on doing them otherwise your productivity will just go down again.

Don’t Be Afraid To Take Breaks

Breaks are just as important as working. If you work constantly you are at risk of experiencing burnout which will leave you at your most unproductive. Taking a break lets your brain refresh itself and is vital for being productive. When your brain is tired you can miss simple things like spelling mistakes, but after a break you’ll be working at full capacity again. Taking 5 minutes for a cup of coffee is also 100% acceptable.

Put Your Phone Away And Be Productive

Unless you have to make important, productive phone calls, it’s probably better to leave your phone in another room, or at least somewhere you won’t be tempted to use it. It’s not enough to just turn notifications off because there is still the temptation to browse social media, so if you’re phone is out of reach you’re less likely to think about it at all. This will help you focus on the task at hand with minimal distraction.

Do The Hardest Task First

Maintaining productivity throughout the entire day can be difficult as the afternoon can feel harder if you’ve left the hardest, most unpleasant task for last. If you begin your day by doing the hardest task and get through it successfully, you’ll feel invincible and get a boost for doing the smaller, easier tasks. It might seem like a burden at the beginning of the day, but you’ll thank yourself for your more relaxed afternoon.

Make A List To Be More Productive

Either the day before or in the morning, make a list of all the things you need to do in that day. This will help you keep track of what you’ve achieved and what you still need to get done. Ticking off what you’ve gotten done can be a huge motivator. I’d even recommend taking a small break each time you finish a task so that you can mentally prepare for the next one.

Don’t Be Scared To Postpone Tasks

If you’re in the middle of a task and it just isn’t happening, move on. Attempt another task that may fit your mindset in the moment a bit better. If you stick with a task you aren’t making progress with you’ll lose motivation and get a lot less done overall. Avoid wasting time by assessing the rest of your tasks and picking one you know you’ll be able to complete. Don’t avoid the task completely though, go back to it with fresh eyes a couple hours later.

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Ask For Help

We’re all human. Sometimes we will struggle with things and in those moments you should absolutely ask someone for help. You can’t be good at everything and the minute you admit that, is the minute you’ll instantly be more productive. Instead of wasting time struggling ask someone else to help you or hire a freelancer to do it for you. You will not be productive when making no progress with a task.

Make A Routine To be Productive

Making a routine for your day will help you be more productive overall, but only if you stick to it so you must make it realistic. Schedule every detail down to your breaks and your meals. If something runs over, it’s okay, just move everything else back by a little bit. Having a routine is vital in maintaining productivity because it creates healthy havits that help you keep everything going for more than just a few days.

Meal Plan

There is nothing worse than getting to lunch time and realising that you need to plan an entire meal. This can stretch out your lunch break and waste time. Meal planning saves you hours in the kitchen coming up with what to eat and lets you spend more time doing other productive things.

Create A Nice Environment

Sitting in an environment with a lot of distractions can be uncomfortable and lessen your productivity. Make sure to create a nice working environment with minimal distractions in order to be the most productive you. If you’re in a space you like, you’re more likely to want to go back there as well, so it’s great motivation.

Learn To Say No

You aren’t a superhero and only have so many hours in a day, if you don’t have the time…say no! There is no shame in it. It’s better to let someone down initially than let them down when they could have asked someone else to do it. Don’t be scared to tell them you’re too busy.

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57 Comments

  • Reply Dr. Vador June 16, 2020 at 9:05 am

    Great post, I have a few of those issues I don’t know how to ask for help and I can never put my phone away. I will definitely give your advice a try

    • Reply Jodie Paterson June 16, 2020 at 9:06 am

      Thanks! Yeah it’s a hard mindset to get in to, but once you do it will help a lot.

  • Reply bethanymca June 16, 2020 at 9:44 am

    I love a good to do list!!!πŸ˜‚ and I also like using apps like Forest to help me stay off my phone and be less distracted. watching that cute little tree wither and tree if you leave the app is weirdly motivational!! Great post – I definitely needed a reminder about saying No to things xxxx

    • Reply Jodie Paterson June 16, 2020 at 9:55 am

      Me too, lists are my favourite! Ooh, I’ll have to have a look at Forest. Sounds like it would be helpful. Thank you! Yes, saying no is so important xxx

  • Reply lifestyleseason June 16, 2020 at 10:13 am

    Amazing post! Thank you for the tips! I try to put my phone somewhere else while I’m working so I don’t get distracted!

    • Reply Jodie Paterson June 16, 2020 at 10:26 am

      Thank you! Yeah, moving my phone away from me changed my level of productivity!

  • Reply Paige Eades June 16, 2020 at 10:20 am

    Great post! These are especially helpful at the moment where it feels especially hard to get motivated to do anything because of ‘what’s the point’ mentality. Thank you for this!

    Paige // Paige Eades

    • Reply Jodie Paterson June 16, 2020 at 10:27 am

      Thank you! I agree, there is a lot of things that can make us feel unmotivated right now.

  • Reply Rayo June 16, 2020 at 10:44 am

    Amazing post, taking a break is very important. I love going out, enjoy the beautiful weather, talk to friends, put my phone away and enjoy me time before I get back to work. Thanks for sharing

    • Reply Jodie Paterson June 16, 2020 at 10:45 am

      Thank you! Yes breaks are very important. Thank you for commenting πŸ™‚

  • Reply Alexandra June 16, 2020 at 10:47 am

    Great post Jodie! I personally found doing the hardest tasks first the most difficult one, but once you make a habit out of it, everything else is easier!

  • Reply Unwanted Life June 16, 2020 at 11:12 am

    My phone often gets in the way of my productivity, and I should probably plan my meals better seeing as I have hypos every 2-3 hours

    • Reply Jodie Paterson June 16, 2020 at 11:13 am

      Yeah, I got so much more productive when my phone was gone. Meal planning was new to me, but changed my life

  • Reply The Twenty Percent June 16, 2020 at 11:44 am

    I really needed to read this today- been struggling with my productivity. Now to put my phone away and get on.. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  • Reply Amber Page June 16, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    I think taking breaks is so important! Thank you for this post!

    amber – https://theunpredictedpage.com

  • Reply Emily Clare June 16, 2020 at 12:41 pm

    Thank you for these tips! I always find making a list makes me more productive because I feel determined to cross them off!

    • Reply Jodie Paterson June 16, 2020 at 1:09 pm

      Thank you! Yes, me too. So satisfying to tick something off the list.

  • Reply Jenny in Neverland June 16, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    I found myself nodding all the way through this! I’m huge on productivity and I never procrastinate (well, VERY RARELY!) and I do soooo many of these. Taking breaks is essential to avoid burning out. Great tips! xxx

  • Reply Elizabeth Hartley June 16, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    Putting my phone away is the most important factor for me when trying to be productive! And I love having a to-do list to be able to pick things off as I get them done, this makes me feel super productive and keeps me motivated!

    • Reply Jodie Paterson June 16, 2020 at 2:44 pm

      Me too, the minute my phone is away my brain can focus!

  • Reply Adam June 16, 2020 at 1:31 pm

    Great tips, putting my phone away is something I’ve got to do more, I’m far too easily distracted

    • Reply Jodie Paterson June 16, 2020 at 2:45 pm

      I was like that too, every few minutes I’d pick up my phone and go on Twitter. So much more productive now

  • Reply williake June 16, 2020 at 1:57 pm

    Helpful tips! For me, the best thing I could do is putting the hardest thing first. I tend to put these off to the end but getting them taken care of first would really help my productivity!

    • Reply Jodie Paterson June 16, 2020 at 2:46 pm

      I used to be the same, put them off because they felt like a burden. I get them done so kuch quicker now!

  • Reply Lisa's Notebook June 16, 2020 at 2:11 pm

    Learning to say no is one of the best tips for increasing productivity! I must admit I’ve learned this the hard way but I’m glad I’ve learned it. And moving on albeit temporarily is good too – great tips, Jodie! Lisa x

    • Reply Jodie Paterson June 16, 2020 at 2:48 pm

      Thanks Lisa! Yeah learning to say “actually I can’t because” instead of “sure, I’ll find time” when you’re already busy is always the best way to go about it

  • Reply Emma June 16, 2020 at 3:54 pm

    I’m a big fan of to-do lists. Seeing myself being productive and ticking things off really helps me keep motivation! I’ve also noticed how important breaks are during lockdown. A break and getting outside is a must for me to unwind and reset before trying to be productive in the afternoons. I love the idea of being able to postpone if you need to instead of beating yourself up about not doing something!

    • Reply Jodie Paterson June 16, 2020 at 4:01 pm

      I LOOOVVEE To do lists! They keep me going a lot of the time. Yeah, breaks during lockdown have been so important

  • Reply SM June 16, 2020 at 4:46 pm

    Definetely, mobile phone is the worst destractor. I have been putting in silence of late so that my productivity doesnt get impacted. Nice tips

    • Reply Jodie Paterson June 16, 2020 at 4:47 pm

      Thank you! Yeah for sure, mine has had to go away recently

  • Reply bournemouthgirl June 16, 2020 at 5:37 pm

    These are some really good tips to help with productivity. Taking regular breaks is so important so you don’t burn out. Thank you for sharing!

  • Reply ally601 June 16, 2020 at 5:52 pm

    Love all of these! My phone has been my worst distraction, and once I turned off notifications for social media apps it helped increase my productivity sooo much. Will definitely be trying out these other methods!

    • Reply Jodie Paterson June 16, 2020 at 6:01 pm

      Yeah, my phone is definitely my biggest distraction! Thanks for commenting x

  • Reply Helen June 16, 2020 at 5:59 pm

    I always beat myself up if I have to leave a task, but it is so important to be able to do just what you can do, isn’t it.

    Lots of love, Helen x
    https://www.whathelenloves.com

  • Reply lucymarytaylor June 16, 2020 at 6:25 pm

    When I put my phone away, I manage to get a whole load of work done, social media can be very distracting! Also to do lists really help me stay productive, it’s very satisfying ticking off jobs on your to do list! x

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

    • Reply Jodie Paterson June 16, 2020 at 6:27 pm

      My favourite thing is ticking jobs off on the to do list! Thanks for commenting

  • Reply Diffusing the Tension June 16, 2020 at 6:47 pm

    Lists always help me! And being in the mindset of allowing breaks is helpful too. That helps me recharge for a short time before I move on to the next task.

    • Reply Jodie Paterson June 16, 2020 at 7:00 pm

      I always recharge before my next task, otherwise I lose momentum halfway through the next task! Thanks for commenting x

  • Reply Blue to Bliss June 16, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    I needed this today. Such important information. I feel like some days I work so hard and get nothing done.

  • Reply a Life on a Dime June 16, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    I get SO much more done when I put my phone down! And meal planning is a must!

  • Reply Eddie June 17, 2020 at 10:08 am

    Some great ways to be productive. My worst has to be my phone. Always something rhat can be done on it to procrastinate and distract you. Making a list of things I want to get done is one I’ve been doing alot lately and has helped.

    • Reply Jodie Paterson June 17, 2020 at 10:12 am

      A lot of people are saying their phone is the worst for procrastinating! Thanks for the comment

  • Reply Melissa | The CV Advisor June 19, 2020 at 3:36 pm

    I am so bad at leaving my phone out and then getting distracted! Also, I’m so bad at putting off the most boring task until the end and then procrastinating forever!!

  • Reply Grace June 20, 2020 at 6:12 pm

    Such great tips in this post, I always try and do the hardest task first, it makes the rest of my day seem so much more productive!
    Grace xx
    gracexkate.com

    • Reply Jodie Paterson June 20, 2020 at 6:13 pm

      Me too! I only started doing that recently and it’s changed the way I work completely

  • Reply Lindsey June 21, 2020 at 8:38 am

    This has some really great tips in it, especially about doing the hardest task first so you’re not putting it off, and also postponing tasks that just aren’t working, that’s a really good idea. Thanks for sharing!

    Lindsey | https://aramblingreviewer.wordpress.com/

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  • Reply ritu thakre July 1, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    This has some really great tips!
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