How to eliminate distractions & be super productive

How to eliminate distractions & be super productive

Being busy, and being productive are two entirely different things. And that’s something I’ve had to learn the hard way. I’m very big on procrastinating. This can especially be seen in the fact that my flat is always cleanest when I’m studying for finals, there’s always homemade cake in the house when I’m stressed out, and my complaining about being so stressed on social media 24/7. However, over the years I’ve learned to prioritize my time, work productively, and eliminate distractions to make the most out of my 24 hour day.

BREAK WITH PROCRASTINATION

Let’s get back to the bit about procrastinating. If you’re like me and spend 60% of your study/work time procrastinating you’re actually only doing one thing. And that is taking away the most important thing from yourself – time! Think about it. You’re sitting down to work on your project and hear your phone buzzing. You immediately grab it because, duh what if it’s important. And boom – you’re distracted. Or you while starting your dreaded task, you realize you haven’t done your dishes yet and better do them quickly because you can’t concentrate when it’s dirty. Been there – done that.

Identifying and eliminating distractions is the first thing you gotta do on your way towards a more productive day. You might tell yourself you’re “oh-so-busy”. But how much time do you REALLY spend being busy? If you’d do your tasks with 100% of focus and concentration, you’ll have so much more time for doing the things you enjoy and won’t feel so stressed out in the end.

Being busy, and being productive are two different things. Sharing my best tips on how to eliminate distractions & be productive to get the most out of your days.

PLAN AHEAD: TO-DO LISTS ARE KEY

I love stationary and have a huge pile of to-do lists and organizers spread all around my home office. Not only because they work amazingly well on flatlays, but because they help me so much with getting the most out of my day. Every Sunday evening I sit down with a cup of tea or glass of wine and start organizing and planning the week ahead. I work with monthly, weekly and daily to-do lists and plan ahead virtually everything.

When I have a big exam coming up, I first go through the material and determine how much time I’ll have to invest in studying for it. Then, I sit down and create a study plan. I plan out and write down a task for every day until the exam and try to stick to my plan as much as possible. To me, doing this is already half the work because it will make me feel less stressed and give me enough positivity to go through the material without having to rush and study everything the night before the exam. Same applies for huge projects for the blog, posts, and shootings.

Creating a rough outline of how you’re going to work and breaking it up into bits for your to-do lists will help you so much with feeling less stressed and eliminating distractions. 

Being busy, and being productive are two different things. Sharing my best tips on how to eliminate distractions & be productive to get the most out of your days.

PRIORITIZE AND SCHEDULE YOUR TIME

Another very important step towards better time management is prioritizing and scheduling your time. Once you’ve written down everything on your to-do lists and scheduled your daily tasks in your planners, you can start prioritizing your tasks. Always start with the most dreaded thing. I used to start with the things I enjoy and slowly work my way towards the dreaded subject. However, generally you’ll have more focus and energy at the beginning of your work day – so schedule your time accordingly.

MAKE USE OF THE POMODORO METHOD

I discovered this method a couple of weeks back and think it works wonders when working on a big task. Break up your work into small bits and sit down to work for 25 minutes. Set a timer. Once the first 25 minutes are over, you can take a short break of 5 minutes to stretch, check your phone or simply re-focus. Then you get to work again. This way, a huge project will seem like less work and you’ll be focused for the entire time you’re actually working.

LOCATE AND ELIMINATE DISTRACTIONS

Let’s be honest, the biggest distraction for most of us will inevitably be our phones. In order to get the most out of your work day, you need to quit checking your phone every ten seconds. I am definitely guilty of *just quickly checking my emails*, or *only looking who messaged me*. So I decided I needed to break with this habit. Now I put my phone on flight mode whilst studying so I stay focused. Another thing that I personally found out is that working from home is a huge distraction itself for me.

In order to eliminate this problem, I started taking my laptop to my favourite cafe or grabbing my study materials and working from university. It’s important you re-evaluate your time management and have a look at WHAT you do to procrastinate. Then eliminate those distractions and start focusing on work. If you do this, you’ll end up having so much more time

If you do this, you’ll end up having so much more time and feeling less stressed after a work day. Usually, we spend about 20% of our times actively working and the rest with complaining about how stressed out we are. If we devote all our focus to the task we’re working on, we’ll get it done so much faster. 

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Being busy, and being productive are two different things. Sharing my best tips on how to eliminate distractions & be productive to get the most out of your days.

The gorgeous stationary/planner in the pictures is from Odernichtoderdoch, by the way. Together with Jo&Judy, they’re my number one source when it comes to to-do lists and all things organizing. My glasses are the Aurora frames from Eyebuydirect and the copper office supplies I bought via ASOS. The little tray is from TKMaxx, so are the pencils.

What do you do to make the most out of your day? Share your secrets in the comments down below

 

24 Comments

  1. 28th May 2017 / 11:42 pm

    Das sind wirklich super gut Tipps! Besonders das Zitat zum Einstieg “being busy and being productive are two entirely different things” fand ich sehr passend und so wahr :)
    Mein größtes Problem am produktiv sein ist wirklich die Prokrastination, das muss ich endlich mal in den Griff bekommen :D

    Liebe Grüße, Caro :*

    http://nilooorac.com/

    • 29th May 2017 / 10:46 am

      Mir geht es genauso. Aber wenn man wirklich mal daran denkt das man sich eigentlich keinen Gefallen macht wenn man prokrastiniert und sich ernsthaft konzentriert, dann bekommt man so viel merh auf die Reihe :D
      Happy monday Carolin x

    • 29th May 2017 / 10:46 am

      Thanks for reading Gemma x

  2. Carrie
    29th May 2017 / 7:10 am

    Danke für deinen interessanten Beitrag
    m

  3. 29th May 2017 / 11:33 am

    Ein sehr interessanter Beitrag liebe Kerstin :)
    Ich lasse mich leider auch viel zu oft von meinem Handy oder anderen Dingen ablenken. Ich muss mir wirklich angewöhnen wenn ich Arbeiten zu erledigen habe, mein Handy wegzulegen und auf Flugmodus zu schalten.
    Ich bin ja selbstständig und arbeite täglich von 8:00 bis 20:00, danach kommt der Haushalt und dann noch der Blog.
    Wenn ich mich dann auch noch von meinem Hansy ablenken lasse, komme ich oft zu gar nichts…
    Danke für deine sehr hilfreichen Tipps!

    Liebste Grüße Tamara
    http://www.fashionladyloves.com/

    • 30th May 2017 / 1:57 pm

      Ja ich kann das absolut verstehen. Oft ist es nicht so einfach alles unter einen Hut zu bekommen. Aber wir machen das schon #grlpwr x

  4. 29th May 2017 / 12:09 pm

    Oh wie gut ich im Aufschieben von Dingen und Aufgaben bin. Ich würde fast sagen, darin könnte ich auf jeden Fall einen der ersten Preise gewinnen :D Und eigentlich liebe ich To-Do Listen und weiß auch wie effektiv sie sind, aber in letzter Zeit schaffe ich noch nicht einmal dies. Da muss ich schleunigst etwas dran ändern, denn so bekomme ich fast nicht erledigt, was mich rasend macht… Und selbst Schuld bin ich es noch dazu ;)
    Danke für den Anstoß Liebes :*
    Liebst Kathi
    http://www.meetthehappygirl.com

    • 30th May 2017 / 1:57 pm

      Hihi ich kenne das. Ich bin auch ein absoluter pro darin – verbringe oft mehr Zeit mit dem erstellen von Listen als mit dem Lernen an sich haha

  5. 29th May 2017 / 12:37 pm

    Amazing tips! Can say from a fellow procrastinator that lists and eliminating distractions are key.

    xx Rapunzel

    • 30th May 2017 / 1:56 pm

      Thanks for commenting babe x

  6. 29th May 2017 / 12:50 pm

    You’re absolutely right – the amount of time procrastinating I probably could have done another whole degree! These tips are brilliant and so important – To-Do lists are my saviour and turning your phone on flight mode is a genius idea!! Haha!

    I also love the sound of the Pomodoro method – I’m going to try that right now!

    JosieVictoriaa // Fashion, Travel & Lifestyle

    • 30th May 2017 / 1:56 pm

      It’s a life changer because it makes big projects appear so much smaller – love it x

  7. Abi Street
    29th May 2017 / 2:42 pm

    I love this!! I’m the same as you and have a to do list for everything – but i definitely would’t end up doing anything if I didn’t have one! x

    Abi | abistreetx

    • 30th May 2017 / 1:56 pm

      Same here. I think without my to-do lists I’d be useless haha

  8. 29th May 2017 / 4:13 pm

    Thank you for the tips! Been working now on prioritize the list. A big step ahead!

    • 30th May 2017 / 1:50 pm

      Thank you for the feedback Georgina x

    • 30th May 2017 / 1:50 pm

      Thanks for reading Natalie x

    • 2nd June 2017 / 2:38 pm

      Danke fürs Lesen und Kommentieren Feli x

  9. 16th June 2017 / 3:48 am

    I just watched a Ted Talk in which the guy mentions that out generation, due to social media, has decreased capability of concentrating in one task fully and without breaks.
    That’s where procrastination begins, I reckon!’

    http://www.desiringsme.com/

    • 16th June 2017 / 8:23 am

      That is so interesting. Do you still have the link to that? Sounds great x

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