As you probably know, being organised is kind of my thing. Finding ways to be more productive and use my time better is a bit of a hobby. I love a to-do list and to look over my met goals at the end of the week-
But sometimes, even I struggle with productivity. Who doesn’t? *shrugs*
Thankfully, there are ways to be more productive, and they don’t have to be complicated or be stressful.
In fact, the four ways I’ve listed below are my absolute favourites, because they are easy to use and even kinda fun!
I’m sure you’ll find something you can implement with ease and without anxiety. You might even enjoy what you choose!
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The Forest app is my favourite productivity tool in the history of ever.
You set a timer when you’re ready to get to work, which plants a virtual tree. You have to leave your phone alone for your tree to grow. If you close the app for anything, be that answering a call or procrastinating on social media, your tree dies.
It’s simple but effective.
To make things even better, you earn achievements (which makes the gamer in me very happy!), and for every successfully grown tree, you earn points, which you can spend on more trees for a more varied forest.
You can even create tags, so you can colour-code your productivity!
The app keeps stats for you, so you can see exactly how you spend your time. If you’ve been using tags, you’ll get a colourful pie chart on top of that.
And, if you feel so inclined, you can spend your hard-earned points on getting the people behind the app to plant a real tree.
There’s a free version, but I recommend the paid version. I believe it was 75p when I bought it, and it’s a one-time payment. Since it was less than £1 and I got achievements for it, there was really no reason not to.
What’s not to love? I’ve always been productive, but this little app has skyrocketed how much I get done–I used it when I wrote and proofread this post right here!
It’s available for Apple and Android.
White Noise Lite
If being responsible for a virtual tree is too much pressure, try this app instead. It has a huge variety of relaxing sounds, so you can drown out your everyday noise and make your work space more relaxing.
My favourites include heavy rain and thunderstorms, but other choices include a purring cat, traffic, crashing ocean waves, and a camp fire, so you’re bound to find something that works for you.
White Noise Lite is the app I use, but there are plenty of options out there.
Sadly, I can’t have White Noise Lite and Forest running at the same time since both apps need to be open to work, so bear that in mind before you install both.
While there’s no website I can share, this is also available for Apple and Android.
As you probably know, I love my bullet journal. I’ve already written at length about it, so I’ll keep it short today.
I mostly use my bullet journal for my weekly and monthly goals. It’s a tiny arty outlet, which is good for my soul, and it helps me be organised, since I have everything I want to do in one place.
I also use washi tape and mildliners, which makes the whole thing really pretty.
You can make yours as detailed as you want. If long lists and tight deadlines trigger your anxiety, set more flexible goals instead. It doesn’t have to be super precise, like ‘Write 10k this week’. A simple ‘make progress on WIP’ is fine if that’s what works for you!
You can use any stationery you want, but here are three bits I recommend and use myself:
Mildliners for all your highlighting needs. And you can also use them to underline, because they have two sides!
And my favourite stationery store, Paperchase, for all other stationery pretties.
You can also read more about how I use my bullet journal in this post.
I know, but hear me out. Social media can help you be more productive if you use it responsibly and to share your goals.
I share my weekly goals on Instagram every Monday and talk about what I did and didn’t get done every Friday, but you don’t have to do that. If sharing them in a post is too stressful, consider sharing them on a smaller scale.
If you share them in an Instagram story, for example, you’ll announce what you’re going to get done and your announcement disappears again after 24 hours, so chances are no one but you will remember it.
Alternatively, you could join a group of like-minded writers or create your own.
If that’s too much, consider just telling a friend what you want to get done. If you’re worried you won’t do it unless they check in on you, ask them to do just that. That way, you have someone you trust holding you accountable without the pressures of a public post.
What do you do to be more productive? Make a tea and tell me about your favourite productivity tips <3
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