Category Archives: Schedule

How To Make Your Day More Productive -Staying At Home

Staying at home has been a reality for most of us during the past few months because of the pandemic that has been going around. Though the world seems to have downshifted, our work/school is still going on full speed. As many of you I too struggle to have a productive day at times or maybe most of the time. And because being productive is a necessity, I want to share some tips that have helped me be productive and stay on track. 

  1. Create a task list

A task list is a list of things that you would like to get done on that day. How you create this is by listing out tasks on the basis of their priority. You can either write them down on a piece of paper, or on your phone or even just make a mental note of it. One key that will make sure that you get the tasks on the list done is to make sure that you do not clutter it. Rather than packing up one day with multiple tasks, try to spread them out during the week. Being reasonable about the time that you have and also being mindful of the important tasks that have to be worked on is one of the important factors that has helped me be productive during my day. 

  1. Take breaks

We all love a good break from the hustle and bustle of the day. Breaks are definitely one of the factors that help us stay motivated and productive. One important piece of information that you have to remember while taking breaks is to make sure that your mind logs out of what you have been doing so far and has some time where it can run without strain. Some of the ways that I take a break is by cleaning up my room, going to the kitchen to drink a glass of water or to have a snack, replying to some texts that I received and so on. This I believe will keep you more motivated and productive throughout the day. During this time also make sure that you are moving away from your place of work physically too as this will help you get your mind off of the work and also help you to feel more relaxed.

  1. Do something fun

Rarely do we incorporate something ‘fun’ into our day. But I would encourage you to try this out. Take time of your day to do something that excites you. You can pick the time you do it and also what you consider fun too, but do it. What I have seen is that doing something that gets me excited and that gets my adrenaline rushing also makes me want to be more productive. Some of the things that I have incorporated into my days that I consider fun are exercising, watching a funny video, listening to a new song, baking on Saturdays is something that I’m loving, calling or reaching out to a friend, and so on. You might not see the results of incorporating something fun into your day right after the first day, but I can assure you that as you keep doing this, it will bring some sort of excitement into your day, that will keep you motivated.


How Can I Become A Morning Person? Part 2

  • In continuation with last week’s blog, I have 4 more important tips that you can try out that will help you easily transition into being a morning person.
  • Create a routine to follow

In my personal opinion, we need a routine to follow in the morning. I have found that if I wake up early and decide to just lay back and relax, more often than not, I tend to go back to sleep. And to prevent that, create a routine that you can follow through without much effort, but one that will eventually wake you up. This could include brushing your teeth and showering, making your bed, getting some tea or coffee, cleaning up around the room or house, and so on. Create your own as you work your way through this process.

  • Be realistic and compassionate to yourself

This is a key element when trying to become a morning person. Pushing your way though and sticking to your goal is something that we have been taught all our lives. While this is a very important lesson that will help us get places, I also think that being realistic and compassionate to yourself is important. Let me explain this. So when I say be realistic and compassionate, what I meant is that if you have only gotten a few hours of sleep every day for the past one week, then your body is not well rested. And instead of pushing yourself to wake up at the same time and dragging yourself though the day, I think it is important that you cut yourself some slack and sleep in, or sleep a little early so that your body can get the rest it needs. 

  • Take breaks

As you are transitioning, there are chances that you might just want to give up on this as it might become harder for you to follow through. And therefore one of the best tricks that has worked for me is to allow myself to sleep in a bit longer. You can decide on how long you want to sleep in. For me, I have found that sleeping in 1 extra hour one day of the week where you don’t have to be on the go has been the best ‘cheat day’ or ‘day off’ from being a morning bird. 

  • Be productive

Waking up to have a relaxing yet productive morning and waking up to have a slow morning is very different. I would say that a relaxing and productive morning is where you would wake up, make yourselves some tea or coffee, read a book (This is the time I take to read the bible and do my devotion and meditation), listen to some good music, do your stretches, catch on some last minute work before you have to head out for work or class and so on. Whereas a slow morning would be one where you have a lot of time and almost nothing to do and therefore you might start off your day by being slow. The difference that I have seen between these two mornings is that I usually tend to have a more productive day when I have a relaxing but productive morning where I am actually getting things done. And if I did have a slow morning then my whole day seems slow. There for try to do things that keep your mind active as you wake up.

These are not the only tips, but these are what has worked for me and therefore might work for you too. So give it a shot.


Tips to Stay on Track Part-1

Set goals

This is one of the most important steps to stay on track with anything you are doing. Making a to-do list for each day will help you remember what you are supposed to do. Don’t worry, I am not referring to a schedule or a time table. A to-do list may comprise of reminders for the deadline of an assignment, or for a test, or a skype call with your parents/friends, or for grocery shopping.

A planner, a diary or even a simple note book can be used to jot down your to-do list. I have my to-do list on my phone, but I also found it useful when I kept it in a place where I could see. And so I use sticky notes to write down each day’s list and then post it on my window, cupboard or any place you look at every day.

Making your goals reasonable is very important as if it is too much there is a higher chance that you would give up on the task. Thus when you are trying to plan out your goals for a week or month, make sure you split it into smaller tasks. For example, it is better if you do not set apart one day to just do all your call appointments, or to work on your assignment. A variety in activity for each day will keep you from getting bored.


Tips to Remember While Making a Schedule

Making a schedule is something we have all done. We have a perception about how long we can stay productive without having a break, how long our break should be, etc. One things that is common in most of our cases is that we tend to give up on our schedule once we find it’s hard to keep up with it. If I make a schedule for myself, this is how it would like-

9:00- 10:00 study

10:00- 10:30 laundry

10:30- 12 study

 

And what usually happens is that, I give up in between and start doing as I please and end up wasting a lot of time. The key to making an easy schedule is ‘not to overestimate’ ourselves. What mostly happens while making is a schedule is that we overestimate ourselves and pack up the day with a lot of deadlines with less or no breaks at all. This will stress us out and we will be unable to follow the schedule or finish work. So, here are a few tips to keep in mind while we make a schedule.

 

1. Plan the day before

Have you ever felt a little frustrated or nervous when you had to do something on short notice? This cannot be avoided all the time. There will be things you’d have to do on short notice like present a paper, meet your boss, etc. One positive aspect about planning your day before it starts is that while you are asleep, your brain prepares yourself for that task i.e.,you are unconsciously preparing yourselves for the following day. This way you can be more effective in your task and will help you to give your best at it.

 

2. Take regular breaks

I’m scared to take breaks because of not being able to get back on track. But recently I’ve been forcing myself to take breaks. Even though it might take you quite some time to get back on track, taking a break is important as it help clear your mind and will rejuvenate you. While taking breaks try to not spend the whole time on electronics. Find something else, like listening to music, drinking some water, a short walk, etc. Do anything that will take your mind off from your books. This will also help you to be extra productive.

 

3. Be prepared for distractions

You can never avoid distractions. Either it would be a phone call, or someone at the door or any of that sort. The key is to leave an hour at the end of the day, so that you can finish off any work that is undone. When distraction comes don’t let it consume an hour of your day, rather spend minimal time on it, unless it is urgent. If urgent attend to it and try to finish your work before you go to bed.

If you weren’t able to finish a task before you go to sleep, try to do it the next day itself than delaying it any further.

Comment below and let me your thoughts. Also if there are any tips you have please feel free to share.


Why have a Schedule.

Even when i have nothing much to do, at the end of the day i am tired. I wouldn’t have done anything that needs any sort of my active participation, but still i would be tired at the end of the day. Keeping yourselves going and at the same time rested is quite tricky. One way to do it is to have a schedule. Here are some benefits of having a schedule.

1. Stay productive

When you are looking at the list of things you have to accomplish that day or the week or month. You will automatically be forced to do your work. Because everyone hates last minute rush. Also when you have a rough plan of what you need to accomplish, you wouldn’t spend time thinking of what to do next. This saves time.

2. Have extra time

If you have a schedule, i guarantee you that your free time will truly be one. Also if you are realistic about the time you need to complete a task, and thus set your schedule, it will be easier for you to keep up with the schedule. Being able to stick to the schedule will keep you from cutting short your free time. It will also enable you to truly enjoy your free time rather than worry about how you will catch up with the work.

3. Remember deadlines

Listing down your deadlines as soon as you come across it, will help you to be on time. This way you know what needs to be done and by when. Which will save you from stress and trouble. Highlighting your deadlines will help as it will draw your attention and thus keep you reminded of it.