With the return to school, uni, work, whatever you have, vastly approaching I thought I’d share a few of my tips on how to stay motivated and avoid that hole of laziness I have experienced one too many times. Trust me, I am an expert when it comes to being lazy, I can stay in bed and do nothing for days – competition anyone? But success doesn’t come from sitting around as our mothers kindly remind us every few days! So here you have it.
#1 Stay organized
I find this is probably my most accurate tip of all. If my workspace and environment are clean, organized and mostly empty I can work the best. Before I start working I like to lay everything out I will be needing such as a drink, my laptop, notepad and pen to avoid having to get up every ten minutes. Concentration is key! After a good working session nothing feels more satisfying than putting everything away again and feeling accomplished.
#2 Get the right gear
I’m such a sucker for cute stationary! Not that I would need anymore notepads, pens or rubbers, but boy are they cute or what? Surrounding myself with pretty things has an impact on how I approach my workstation. All of a sudden I enjoy writing the first page or filing another bill. There are ways to trick the mind, and I’d lie if I said I didn’t enjoy it.
#3 Dress up!
Maybe not your ball gown, but put some clothes on. I’ve noticed working in my PJ’s makes me less effective as I feel too comfortable, if that makes sense? Sweatpants are fine, but generally for me it turns out the more put together, the better the working flow. The topic of getting dressed goes hand in hand with your working place. Working in my bed again is too comfortable and will actually prevent me from being as productive as I could be on my desk.
#4 Split things up
It’ scientifically proven that the body needs breaks after concentrating for too long. So take regular breaks every few hours to refuel your energy levels. Take a walk outside, grab a snack (nuts will improve your concentration whereas too much sugar makes you tired) or drink or sneak in a cheeky Facebook break. I like to restrict my breaks to a maximum of 30 minutes and then get back to the desk and continue where I left off.
#5 Map it out
At one point you will have to stop and allow your mind to chill out again. After some hours concentration levels go down, eyes become tired and the back starts to hurt from sitting around. Allow yourself to stop and pick things up again the next day. I love a good To Do List to manage my work. Nothing feels better than ticking things off, am I right? This gives you the chance to realize how much you have done for the day and will also provide you an overview of what you will still have to tackle during your next working session.
Have these tips been helpful? And please share your tips for staying on top of your organization game!