6 Simple Ways To Have A Productive Day

This morning I asked Twitter which post they would like to read as my last non-Christmas related post before December and 52% of people voted for my Productive Day Ideas post. It was very a close one but it seems that the Thailand Adventures are being put on hold for a while longer whilst I share with you my 6 Simple Ways To Have A Productive Day.

At the moment, I am a student with The Open University studying for my masters degree. At the same time, I would also class myself as a part-time blogger. So a lot of what I do is spent working from home at my computer everyday, balancing my time between studying and blogging and life. It can be hard work at times, although I like to think I have learned a lot over the years when it comes to self-motivation and productivity. So here are the things that have worked well for me and I hope they can help others too.

Wake Up Early

I have two alarm clocks – my regular phone wake up call and my cat alarm clock. If I switch off my phone alarm and doze off, my cats soon put a stop to that little luxury by meowing in my ear demanding their breakfasts. It can be a nuisance at the time, but waking up early, like 5:45 early, can set the tone for a positive day ahead. Once you are awake with a cup of tea in your hand you can then decide how you want to be productive. I like to spend some quiet time reading and planning what I would like to achieve in the day. Gaining that extra time in the morning means you can start the day feeling calm and focused instead of rushing around forgetting everything.

Be Active

Once I am slightly more awake, I like to do a little bit of yoga to stretch my muscles and clear my mind. I have found some brilliant videos online on the Yoga With Adriene YouTube Channel. These are perfect because you can choose what you want to do depending on the time you have available. If I have a lot to do in the day then I’ll ensure to do a quick 15-20 minute workout before I get going. If I have a little bit longer at the weekends, I’ll treat myself to a 45-60 minute workout. No matter how I’m feeling before, yoga always makes me feel better afterwards. It reduces anxiety and gives you a bit of time to focus on yourself and how you are feeling. Of course, it doesn’t have to be yoga – you can do any form of exercise to get the same stress-busting effects!

Follow Your Plan

I am a bit obsessed when it comes planning. I find it is another method to reduce stress and anxiety and a way to ensure that nothing ever gets forgotten about. I plan both my studies and my blogging so I know what I need to do and when. Having a plan to follow can give you reassurance that you are on the right track and there is nothing more satisfying than ticking something off your to-do list. The more detailed the plan the better in my opinion. Plus, you can buy a pretty planner and be organised in style. Last week I wrote how to Create Your Own Blogmas Planner and previously I wrote 6 Easy Ways To Organise Your Blogging Life which may also have some helpful hints.

Limit Distractions

It’s so easy to spend time scrolling though twitter or just reading ‘one more blog post’ and before you know it big chunks of time have passed. I know this oh so well. For optimum productivity, I need to close down all distracting tabs on my computer and put my phone on silent. If give myself goals to work towards – such as finish a section or work up until lunch time, then I can allow myself to be distracted afterwards and not feel so guilty about it. Of course, distractions do happen (especially if you have two cats climbing over your keyboard) and that is okay so long as you know when it’s time to refocus your attention back onto your work again.

Have Regular Breaks

To remain productive all day, I believe it is vital to schedule in regular breaks. That could be anything from getting up from the computer and going to make a cup of tea. Or it could also be having a little stretch, texting a friend, getting some fresh air for five minutes or listening to your favourite song for a quick motivational boost. Once I return to my work I will feel refreshed and re-energized and be able to remain focused for longer. I also read a good piece of advice in The Rules Of Life by Richard Templar which is give yourself space to do absolutely nothing. “No reading newspapers, sitting on the loo, meditating or sleeping – just a little time for you to breathe and sit still, not thinking, not doing, not worrying, just being. Don’t complicate it”.

Unwind

Finally, at the end of a long productive day, all you really need to do is just chill. It isn’t healthy to be on the go all day as we get overworked, stressed, anxious and frazzled. This state of mind is never any good for productivity so we need to give ourselves as many opportunities to avoid it. My evening routine normally includes a long blissful bubble bath either listening to the radio or a Spotify playlist. I then have some time relaxing in front of the TV or reading a book or just simply getting an early night so I can wake up afresh the next day. Do whatever you need to do to switch off and unwind and allow the stresses and strains to melt away at the end of the day.

I hope my productivity ideas have been helpful. I would love to hear what works well for other people too. As December is fast approaching my next posts will be Christmas related ones so hope you are all looking forward to all the festivities.

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36 Comments

    • November 29, 2017 / 3:16 pm

      Yay! 🎉 That’s great! Those few extra hours can really make a big difference 😘. He he, it can take a while to get used to the new routine though 😴. Thank you for commenting Kelly & have a lovely day! 💝💜 xx

  1. November 29, 2017 / 7:40 pm

    Great tips for a productive day!! Waking up early is the best, it just makes the day so much more worthwhile xxx

    • November 30, 2017 / 6:29 am

      Thank you so much Cally! 💕 Getting up early is a brilliant way to gain extra hours in the day. I’m glad you enjoyed the post 😘💛 xx

  2. November 29, 2017 / 11:31 pm

    As much as i hate waking up early, its so good when i have productive day so i dont sleep the day away!

    • November 30, 2017 / 6:27 am

      Thank you for the comment Ellie 💕 Yeah, getting up early can be hard but worth it for a productive day 😘💛 xx

  3. Shaun
    November 30, 2017 / 5:17 pm

    Great tips for having a productive day 😘. I love the line about making today so awesome yesterday gets jealous 😄. I am also reading the rules of life at the moment, a really good piece of advice there ☺️. A great blog post 😄😍😘 xxxx

    • December 1, 2017 / 7:51 am

      Aw thank you for the lovely comment Shaun 💕. It’s an awesome line isn’t it and the rules of life is a great read too. I’m glad you liked the post 😍😘 xxxx

  4. Ashtyn
    November 30, 2017 / 5:20 pm

    I love all of these tips! I really need to focus on limiting distractions. Social media is my weakness. Just one more minute! 😅

    • December 1, 2017 / 7:47 am

      Ha ha yes, I know that feeling well, it’s always just one more minute! 😂 Thank you for reading and commenting Ashtyn, I’m glad you enjoyed the tips 😘 xx

  5. November 30, 2017 / 5:22 pm

    This is such a great blog post! I sometimes find that I can be incredibly unproductive during a day so hopefully some of your tips will help me out. I really need to get into more of a routine and I must add I love following Yoga with Adrienne’s videos and routines.

    • December 1, 2017 / 7:57 am

      That’s awesome you already do Yoga with Adrienne 💕 she is great isn’t she! Aw I’m glad you liked my post and thank you for your lovely comment Hannah 😘 xx

  6. November 30, 2017 / 5:29 pm

    Amazing tips for a productive day!
    I am also one of them type pf people who would just stay in bed for the whole day and would feel really crap afterwards but waking up early does change you perspective and you just feel much more happier. This blog post can help change people life mentally.

    Really amazing work hun! xx

    • December 1, 2017 / 8:01 am

      Aw thank you so much for your lovely encouraging comment 💕. That’s so sweet of you. I’m glad you found the tips useful, waking up early is a small thing that makes a big difference ☺️. Have a great day! 😘 xx

  7. November 30, 2017 / 5:33 pm

    Waking up early is DEFINITELY the key to a productive day for me! If I get up late I just feel sluggish and horrible and I always find eating good and healthy food makes me more productive as it makes me feel better about myself physically and gives me more energy! 🙂 these are fab tips, I’m definitely going to try limiting my distractions more, I’m awful for that!
    Alice Xx

    • December 1, 2017 / 8:05 am

      Aw thank you so much for your lovely comment Alice 💕. I completely agree with you, healthy food really makes a massive difference on energy levels! That is such an important one. ☺️ Also, drinking plenty of water or tea ☕️ keeps you hydrated and alert all day ☺️. He he, I’m still trying to get better with reducing distractions though, Twitter is so addictive! 😂 xx

    • December 1, 2017 / 8:08 am

      Thank you so much for your comment Mel 💕 Waking up early is such a good thing to do as you gain a few extra hours in the morning to be productive 😃. I’m glad you liked the post. Have a lovely day 😘 xx

  8. November 30, 2017 / 5:39 pm

    I am absolutely terrible at waking up early, I must admit! I do, however, love to wake up earlier than needed so I can relax while getting ready, rather than having to rush around.. 🙊 I definitely need to take a note of so many of these tips, especially in regard to distractions! 😂🤷🏼‍♀️

    • December 1, 2017 / 8:11 am

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment 💕 It’s so good to have that little bit of extra time in the mornings to slow things down and relax ☺️. I’m still trying to get better with reducing distractions myself, I can spend ages on Twitter & Pinterest 😂 xx

  9. November 30, 2017 / 5:48 pm

    I’m the complete opposite. My most productive hours are probably 10pm – 3am. I’m such a night person. I used to have to get up at 5:45 and it was absolutely awful. I don’t think I could ever do it willingly 😂. I definitely need to try harder at limiting my distractions though! Great tips x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • December 1, 2017 / 8:18 am

      He he, I’m always really tired by 10pm and just want to do as little as possible, probably because I’ve been awake so long 😂. It’s good you have found what works best for you and thank you for sharing your thoughts Sophie 😘 I’m glad you liked the tips ❤️ xx

  10. November 30, 2017 / 6:09 pm

    I love this post! Being organised is key, and I find to do lists so helpful, will definitely be utilising these tips in the new year – https://sophiehearts.net x

    • December 1, 2017 / 8:19 am

      Aw thank you so much for your lovely comment Sophie 💕. Being organised really makes a huge difference and to-do lists are so handy ☺️ I’m glad you liked the tips ❤️ xx

  11. November 30, 2017 / 6:47 pm

    I think breaks are the most important coz you can’t focus for hours and hours. You need to rest a bit. Also waking up early, i guess you have a lot of time ahead of you! xx corinne

    • December 1, 2017 / 8:22 am

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment Corinne 💕. Breaks are so good for remaining alert and productive ☺️ and having those extra few hours in the morning can make a big difference too 😘. Have a great day! ❤️ xx

  12. November 30, 2017 / 7:29 pm

    Lovely post Bex! Totally awesome points esp the one about limiting distractions lol like I try to make sure I since I’m such a busy body. I’m not as active on WhatsApp but twitter and piniterest can be addictive if you aren’t careful lol esp when you get to engaging with new people…can’t wait to see your blogmas posts 💕

    • December 1, 2017 / 7:55 am

      Aw thank you so much for your lovely comment Lena 💕. I agree, Twitter is so addictive! There is always something new and interesting coming up, time just disappears 😂. I can also spend ages on Pinterest, I love it! Aw yay, I’m looking forward to your Christmas posts too! 😘 xx

  13. November 30, 2017 / 7:56 pm

    Loved this post, these tips are so helpful I’m trying so hard to be more productive at the moment but my pitfall is waking up early!

    • December 1, 2017 / 8:23 am

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment Mollie 💕. Waking up early can be a struggle at first, it can take a little while to adjust ☺️. I’m glad you liked the tips, have a great day! ❤️ xx

  14. December 1, 2017 / 9:11 am

    New follower of your blog and on twitter. Great post and some great tips too. x

    • December 1, 2017 / 6:54 pm

      Aw thank you so much Jane! 💕😘 xx

    • December 2, 2017 / 10:35 am

      Aw thank you so much Sophie 💕. That’s so lovely and sweet of you! I have done this one already but always appreciate the nomination 💝💛. Thanks again! 😘 xx

  15. Huda
    December 1, 2017 / 9:37 pm

    I find that I am so much more productive when I wake up earlier although that doesn’t happen very often as I always end up sleeping in haha! Organizing is definitely a must for me! Great tips! 💕

    • December 2, 2017 / 10:38 am

      Thank you so much Huda 💕Being organised can make life so much easier ☺️ I’m so glad you enjoyed the tips! 😘 xx

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