While it may seem daunting, or even off-putting, there’s times where we just need to sit down and focus on our work. Yet, it’s when you don’t know where to start that can overwhelm you. That’s why we’ve come up with three tips to get the ball rolling on your latest pile of work.
Creating a to-do list is the best way to start making sure you’re organised. You can do daily lists, weekly lists, monthly lists – any time frame you need! Some people swear by creating a to-do list before they go to bed at night to help them clear their mind for a good night’s sleep. Other people like to use their to-do list creation as a warm-up to a busy day. It helps you prioritise the tasks you have to get done. Plus, there’s nothing more satisfying than giving yourself a big ol’ tick when you’ve finished!
Do one thing at a time
The key to crossing those tasks off your list is to make sure you’ve really dedicated the time to doing them. Focusing on one thing at a time can be so difficult when you’ve got a to-do list the size of Mount Everest on your desk but making sure you allocate each task a specific time slot can save you a lot of time down the track. If you’re more productive switching between tasks, that’s totally fine too – but it’s still important to give one task your full attention at any given time – you could just use shorter rotations!
Allow yourself some room to breathe
Procrastinating isn’t all bad. In fact, I find a short 5-minute scroll through Instagram in the middle of a busy day can be exactly what I need to refresh my senses and reignite my creativity. Whether it’s giving yourself 15 minutes to stroll to the coffee shop, 5 minutes to check your socials or 20 mins to sit outside and tumble with your dog, it’s so important to give your mind (and body) a break. Deliberate bursts of leisure time can do wonders for your productivity – it’s not time wasted if you’ve planned for it!