Being productive is one of the hardest things for me right now. I don’t know what it is: the weather, I’m tired, everything seems hard, the list goes on. It does not help there seem to be 10 million things going on at a time.
This year, with teaching the way it is, everything takes longer to do. Just to upload one week of stuff to Canvas can take 3 hours for one subject (not ideal). Consequently, there have been tons of days where I want to sit and do absolutely nothing. However, I have to make sure my classes are ready, assignments are being graded, my UVA grad class work is being completed, etc.
On the teacher side of Instagram, I can see that I’m not alone in feeling like everything is taking forever and feeling like I’m getting nothing done.
I wanted to share some updated tips with y’all for what is helping me be productive.
How to be Productive:
- Get out of bed | I can’t even tell you how many mornings I’ve wanted to stay in bed. This is when I can say thank you to doing the morning tasks with the dog. I have to get up to let her out.
- Make a to-do list of everything for the day-including meals | I can’t recommend this one enough. Write down everything. Things like “get dressed”, “eat breakfast”, and anything else that seems “basic”. You feel like you’re accomplishing something because these are things you’ll do anyway. I like to make my to-do list the morning of. However, I know a lot of people who like to make it the night before.
- Set out clothes the night before | This one seems simple, but set out clothes the night before so it’s one less decision that morning. Plus, this has the added benefit of being extra prepared and makes it seem like you’re being super productive quickly.
- Put away social media for allotted times | Stay off your phone! I know that I’m not alone in scrolling for hours on Instagram and Tik Tok. Instead, put your phone away for an hour or two. This allows you to concentrate on a task or two.
- Put a simple task first | Complete a simple and easy task first. This gives you the feeling of accomplishment and will continue to build as you check things off your to-do list.
What is your favorite productivity tip?