Hello, my friends!
I’m posting something a bit more practical today – a few tips for staying motivated and getting work done, since I think that’s something we all struggle with. Also tips on how to take constructive work breaks instead of getting sucked into social media… And also some pretty flower pictures because of course. 🙂
Alright, ready for some productivity tips? Let’s do this!
Alright, we’re going to break this down into different categories because sometimes you need to buckle down and get to work, and sometimes you need a constructive way to take breaks to refresh your mind for going back to work, you know? Let’s start with motivation tips.
-write a list/brain dump // Sometimes I can’t concentrate on my job because I have too much floating around in my head. Get it out! You’ll feel better.
-listen to upbeat music // Pretty self-explanatory. Soft, quiet music is nice for focus, but upbeat instrumentals are great for motivation. I like the band Dreamers Circus – start with “Kitchen Stories.”
-use the forest app // You can get an app on your phone called “Forest” which is basically a timer but in a game form. Look it up if you find yourself getting distracted by your phone often.
-clean your space // Cleaning is underrated. I personally can focus so much better when I don’t have a lot of other projects or clutter strewn around. Plus, I feel so energized and productive after cleaning – like I’ve already gotten work done.
-change your clothes/hairstyle // If you work or do school from home, it’s tempting to wear pajamas… But I find that wearing lounge clothes makes me want to, uh, lounge. Show your body you’re here to work and not sleep.
-open a window // If the weather is nice, try letting some outside air in and getting rid of the stuffiness where you’re working. In fact, I’m going to do this one right now! Ah, there we go. Much more refreshing.
-drink some water // The obvious one. Stay hydrated and you can work better! I think I’ll go do this one too, actually. Be right back…
-set a timer // When I’m faced with a big project I don’t want to do, one of the most helpful tricks for me is to give myself a certain amount of time to work on it, with the promise that I can take a break and reevaluate after I complete that time slot.
-move apps/close tabs // Social media can be an automatic distraction. Simply moving the tempting apps off your home page or closing the tab you keep refreshing on your computer helps make sure any breaks you take are intentional.
-play an instrument // Playing an instrument you’re comfortable with can be extremely refreshing and relaxing while also being more constructive than, say, watching YouTube. Playing piano is one of my favorite “work breaks.”
-take a walk // Also a very underrated motivation/recharging tip. It helps me especially at times when I’ve been sitting around all day, snacking a lot, or working at a screen for a long time. Just go outside for ten minutes. You’ll feel better.
-sort photos/delete emails // Sorting files feels productive but is also pretty simple to do. It’s a nice change from a taxing piece of work to something easy and satisfying.
-do stretches or exercises // I have an exercise ball instead of a desk chair, so sometimes when I’m tired of sitting at my desk, I’ll move around on it or get up and stretch my arms and back. It feels so good.
-art journal/doodle // If you’re doing a really boring, mind-numbing job, try taking a creative break to wake you up again. I keep a bunch of art journal ephemera on my desk so I can work on it if I have a break.
-take photos // Along the same vein as the last one, take a break and go find some beauty! If you need some indoor photography inspiration, click here. Otherwise, go outside and take pictures of whatever you see!
-do something fun like letter writing // My point here is to do something productive that you enjoy, but make it something in real life, not something virtual you’ll get sucked in by – go work on a puzzle or write a letter.
-read a book // All of these ideas are not going to involve staring at a screen. I know everyone knows that theoretically they could read a book, but how come we end up watching YouTube all the time instead? Books are nicer. 🙂 Go read.
-avoid screens // Yeah yeah, we all know this one and none of us want to actually do it, right? While it’s true that watching YouTube, for instance, can be really relaxing, the blue light from the screens makes it harder to actually rest. Read a book.
-take a shower or bath // Warm water feels good after a stressful day. Take time to take care of yourself instead of only reading or doing something to relax, you know?
-take a nap // Another obvious one. 😛 I’m terrible at taking naps, but I’ve heard that taking a twenty-minute nap is refreshing while not making you groggy when you wake up. So try setting a timer and completely zoning out for a bit.
-paint your nails // This forces you to relax because you know you can’t do anything until your nails dry or all your hard work will be ruined!
-do a face mask // Another relaxing way to take care of yourself while not really doing anything.
-drink something warm // Especially in fall and winter, a cup of tea or hot chocolate can be so relaxing and calming. A good stress-reliever.
-listen to soft music // Kinda the opposite of the “Energize” tip here. I recommend the instrumental “I Dream of You” albums by JJ Heller. They’re basically instrumental lullabies. Vol II is especially pretty.
-put on comfy clothes // Again, the opposite of the “Energize” tip. Also pretty self-explanatory.
-just do it! // Well, guys, this is my ultimate advice for getting work done: JUST GO DO IT FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE. All the motivational posts and energetic music in the world won’t get your work done. You have to do that. So if you’re using this post to procrastinate… procrastinate a tiny bit more by leaving a comment below telling us about what you need to work on, and then get started. Turn off all the distractions, make sure your workspace is clean and welcoming, and take the first step. It’s usually a lot easier from there. You can do this.
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What are you working on today? What helps you stay motivated?
Thanks so much for reading, my friends, and have a lovely day!