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How To Stay Productive

Updated: Nov 24



 

There's an abundance of distractions that hinder our productivity, like scrolling through social media apps, online shopping, or having the urge to watch a new episode of our favorite show on Netflix.


To be honest, I had a hard time staying on task after I graduated college in 2018 - I walked around shopped malls to pass time and went out with friends every weekend.


Although, ever since the COVID-19 crisis hit in 2020, we were forced to stay home and I picked up good habits and learned a lot of new things.


 

Here’s some tips for creating a productive mindset:



Develop a Learner Mindset


What I mean by a “learner mindset” is having the urge to constantly learn new things and to train your brain to learn on a consistent basis.


After graduating college, I found that I had an abundance of free time and knew that I did not want to waste any of it.


Maximize your time.


One of my priorities was to land a position in finance at an investment firm and to obtain any necessary licenses.


Not only did I study the material, but I used my free time to research the financial markets and read books on business management and personal finance to further enhance my education.


I then continued to stimulate my mind daily and to take in new information even outside of the industry like learning how to buy my first rental property or learning how to use a sewing machine that had been sitting in my house.


I mainly learned new things from reading books or articles online and even watching YouTube videos. There are plenty of resources on the internet.



Create a Daily Schedule or Routine


Scheduling and creating routine helped me organize my daily tasks and kept me aware of what I should be doing and when throughout the day.


Here's how I created my own morning routine


Doing this allowed me to create more time for other things that I usually would not have the time to do and to prioritize my list of things to complete.


You don't necessarily have to create a set schedule or routine every single day and follow it line-by-line, but listing out tasks that you want to complete for the day and when you should complete them is definitely beneficial.



Take Small Breaks


When you love what you’re doing, it’s easy to become immersed in it, but it’s also equally as easy to get burnt out.


Taking 10-15 minute breaks in between your work lets your mind rest and recharge.


I’m almost always on my laptop and I usually take a 10 minute break every hour so that I can rest my eyes to let my mind take a breather.


Some say that taking small breaks disrupts your workflow and that it's better to work diligently for a couple hours straight, but that never worked for me.


Try both. Experiment to see what works best for you.



Pay Attention and Listen in Social Settings


As much as many of us want to utilize our time to work on our passions, we still need to see our friends and socialize once in a while.


If you have a Type A personality like me, it might seem like we're wasting precious time if we’re not constantly working to enhance our productivity.


I realized that socializing with our loved ones and friends from time-to-time is a huge contributor to improving our mental health, which in turn allows us to be more productive.


There are three key components that we can pull from socializing:


1. Improving your Social Skills


Talking with our friends and family and meeting new people enriches our ability to communicate at a higher level.


By doing this, we can explain certain concepts and ideas better to lay out our message more efficiently.


2. Cultivating Relationships


Building our network is the quickest and easiest way to make connections, which opens the door for opportunities.


You never know what opportunities will come your way by just meeting a new person every week.


3. Gaining New Perspectives


Everyone has their own perspective and views on life. By analyzing other people's views, we can both absorb new information and form new opinions.


I found that it has been helpful to carefully listen and pay attention to what others are saying because I can apply their views into my life and help me think more thoughtfully.


 

Increasing our productivity not only helps us to achieve greater efficiency in our lives, but also helps develop our character.


Overcoming procrastination takes time and requires diligence.


Here's how to manage your time better to avoid procrastination


It helps to know both your short-term goals and your long-term goals and what you want to achieve in life first. Once you discover these and hone in on them, the process will be a lot easier.


 

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