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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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4 Easy (and Fun!) Ways to Be More Productive

Forest

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.

4 Easy (and Fun!) Ways to Be More Productive | Example 1: Forest App, a growing tree

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.

4 Easy (and Fun!) Ways to Be More Productive | Example 2: Forest App, tags distribution pie chart and favorite tree species

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 Β£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.

4 Easy (and Fun!) Ways to Be More Productive | Example 3: Forest App, October 2019 Overview
My October so far!

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.

4 Easy (and Fun!) Ways to Be More Productive | Example 4: White Noise Lite, Train Ride

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.

Bullet Journal

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.

4 Easy (and Fun!) Ways to Be More Productive | Example 5: My October bullet journal spread

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:

The Leuchtturm 1917 – the original bullet journal!

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.

Social Media

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.

4 Easy (and Fun!) Ways to Be More Productive | Example 6: one of my Instagram posts

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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Further Reading: Get Organised and Set Goals You'll Stick To
Further Reading: How My Bullet Journal Keeps me Organised and Sane

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25 Comments

  1. Ruth Miranda Ruth Miranda

    I honestly don’t have any tips, I just sit down and get to it. Because writing is my happy place, I tend to be very productive where it comes to writing ALONE but do tend to procrastinate a tad when other parts of this business are involved – editing, who said editing???

    • sarinalangerwriter sarinalangerwriter

      Haha, I feel that! I love editing for my authors, but line edits always take it out of me more than the other types. Most of the trees I planted with the app are for editing my author’s books. And let’s not talk about the horrible first and second draft edits, where it never feels like we’re getting anywhere! Editing Blood of the Dragon was so rough, Ruth.

  2. Hi Sarina! Looking forward to reading this soon! Just a note that it would be a good idea to add “author toolbox” or #AuthorToolboxBlogHop to your title so the other participant know which post of yours to click into. You can always remove these extra words from the title in a few days. πŸ™‚

    • sarinalangerwriter sarinalangerwriter

      Done! πŸ™‚

  3. My heart just cried when you said my tree will die when I answer a call. I. NEED. THIS. APP. I hear you about social media being helpful for productivity. I’m jealous of the people who can get up early to do the 5am word sprints. I can’t remember the exact hashtag. Maybe #5amwordsprints?

    • sarinalangerwriter sarinalangerwriter

      It’s the best, I love this app so much! And it’s really satisfying to look back over the forest you’ve grown. It’s like proof of all you’ve accomplished.

      I know the one, but I value my sleep too much XD A little too much since I overslept today… *ahem* But I’ve also left Twitter recently, so I couldn’t participate even if I were awake!

  4. Not sure about the virtual tree but I’m a big fan of white noise πŸ™‚

    • sarinalangerwriter sarinalangerwriter

      Let me know what you think if you try it. There’s so much choice!

  5. Love the sound of forest! I just googled it and there’s also an extension for Google Chrome where you can blacklist certain websites as the tree grows. I think I need that too, to stop myself drifting to social media at times when it’s not going to help me be productive πŸ™‚

    • sarinalangerwriter sarinalangerwriter

      Ooh, there is? I need that. I’m procrastinating RIGHT NOW 😐

    • sarinalangerwriter sarinalangerwriter

      I hope you enjoy the one you pick and that it helps <3

  6. Thanks for the tips! I really like your bullet journal. It is really cute! I was also going to say, the goal-posting sounds like a good one for holding yourself accountable. For me, one of my recent revolutions was setting a timer for myself. I make a pot of tea, start a timer for 55 minutes, and commit to only writing, tea-drinking, or staring off into space until the timer goes off. It’s been huge in helping me cut out distractions and get into that productive mind space.

    • sarinalangerwriter sarinalangerwriter

      You’re welcome, and thank you! I don’t make it anywhere near as arty as some I’ve seen for time reasons (and the fact that I can’t draw), but it works perfectly for me. Sounds like you might enjoy Forest App! That’s essentially a timer that tells you off when you think about stopping before the time is up.

  7. Ooooh, I love the White Noise app! I’m a huge rain and thunderstorm lover, so that one always wins for me, and it TOTALLY works.

    • sarinalangerwriter sarinalangerwriter

      Me too! I love rain and thunderstorms (while I’m cosy inside my house), so that won it for me too. It confused my cat a little, but it worked a treat for me!

    • sarinalangerwriter sarinalangerwriter

      What kind do you like to have in the background?

      • Storms and sometimes whistling wind. πŸ™‚

        • sarinalangerwriter sarinalangerwriter

          That sounds wonderful <3

  8. Such great ideas. I’m going to have to check out the forest app. Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

    • sarinalangerwriter sarinalangerwriter

      I was just told yesterday that it has a Chrome extension too! :O

  9. I’ve done the forest app before & loved it! It was so simple and yet so satisfying. I actually got really mad at one of my classmates for messing with my phone and making one of my trees die. πŸ˜‚

  10. I’m a sucker for tips on productivity. Thanks for sharing! The Forest app is genius, however with the way I use my phone, I think I’d be the worst virtual tree caregiver ever. LOL I’m going to need to check out the White Noise app. That sounds great!

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