With being an (almost) full-time college student (again), working part-time, looking for a new job, blogging, and trying to have any amount of downtime a day so I don’t lose my mind – it’s been a balancing act, to say the least. This means that I’m relearning to use my time as wisely as I possibly can. It helps that I genuinely love everything I do, but some days I just don’t want to be spending 10 hours working on an assignment. I wanted to share an updated look at what has helped me stay focused and be productive recently, and hopefully, it will help you too!
One thing that changed the way I work is learning that it really is all about self-discipline and not just feeling motivated. Sure, being motivated and inspired does help, but those things come just as quickly as they go. It really just comes down to having self-discipline and committing to doing the work. I used to wait till I felt motivated, but now I (try to) just bit the bullet and get the work done.
This may sound really weird just by the name of it, but hear me out. The one thing I can’t do while working is listening to music. It always distracts me too much. But, I have recently found the best thing that lets me drown out the noise around me while still being able to focus. It’s these ambiance sound videos that make you feel like you are in a different place for a bit. Think anything from being in a cozy library to working with rain hitting the window. They are usually a few hours long, which is perfect for sitting down and getting work done. There are so many on YouTube that you can choose from, but here are a few of my favorites:
Rain on window – crackling fire and misty atmosphere (my favorite one)
If you’ve read any of my other blog posts talking about productivity, you know how much I love a planner so I won’t talk too much about it. But honestly, my life would be a mess if I didn’t have a place to write down what tasks I want to do each day. My rule though: it’s okay not to complete everything.
When everything gets a bit too much, going for a walk always does the job.