Simple Tips To Focus & Be More Productive

Simple and actionable tips to focus and be more productive each and every day.

Being able to focus and be more productive are two essential things in my life right now. If you read my most recent life update – you’d know that I have a lot going on. However, I’ve worked on upping my productivity and concentrating on publishing content consistently. And so far I’ve been very successful. It’s great to see that I have been able to complete a lot of tasks an efficient manner. Because I’ve been struggling this year with being able to do so. I’ve created a lot of systems and processes that work for me to focus and be more productive. So I thought I’d share a few tips that have been working well for me and hopefully they work for you too!

Simple and actionable tips to focus and be more productive each and every day.

simple tips to focus & be more productive:

create a schedule

I love planning. However, sometimes I plan to much and don’t get much done. So I’ve learned that when I create a schedule that is more efficient I’m able to get more done. For instance, towards the end of each month I plan for the upcoming month. I take about two hours to schedule out my editorial calendar and write down anything that I need to complete during the upcoming month. This allows me to stay very focused during the month on tasks that need to get done. Especially now that my blog is gaining a lot of traffic (THANK YOU!) I have to increase my productivity and focus on other tasks like social media that I was not giving as much attention too previously.

TIP // Create a schedule that works for you and stick to it. Use a paper, or digital planner and track what you need to give your time and attention too. Once you begin organizing and scheduling in a way that’s right for you – you will notice a huge difference. Plus you’ll have more time for relaxing and doing other hobbies that you enjoy.

batch tasks

Batching tasks are when you categorize your tasks based on the type of task. For instance, writing blog posts could be categorized as one task, while editing blog posts could be another. Batching works best when I have a lot of tasks to complete. Because I’d rather do them all in one sitting then switch back and forth between tasks.

HOW TO // First, write down everything you need to complete. Second, categorize what you need to complete based on the type of task. Lastly, block out time to complete each task. The more you batch tasks the easier it will become. At first it may take you two hours to respond to email before writing blog posts. But after a while you’ll get use to your system and you’ll finish the tasks quickly.

Simple and actionable tips to focus and be more productive each and every day.

take breaks

I am definitely the worst at slowing down and taking a break when I am engrossed in a task. It makes it hard for me to stop, which can make me burn out. But I’ve learned this is extremely unhealthy and we all need to stop and slow down sometimes.

Like, if you cannot get yourself to focus on what you are doing because your phone keeps going off. Then you should probably take a five minute break every hour to check in and take care of what is making your phone go off. Do not stretch yourself too thin. If you need to take a fifteen minute break every now and then to scroll through Instagram, or get a snack – do so.

TIP // Don’t make yourself complete a task when you cannot get your thoughts together. You can always come back to it at another time. If you are struggling to get through your emails, set aside time for the next day to go through them. This way you know that the task will be completed and you can work on something else that needs your attention.

have a change of scenery

Changing up your scenery sometimes is so helpful. It could be as simple as working on your couch instead of always sitting at your desk. I know that my mind wanders at times and I can’t focus, so it’s easier for me to move around than stay sedentary in one spot. Sometimes at work I turn my desk into a standing desk just to give myself a little bit of movement. It helps me change my perspective and get inspired.

TIP // Find a spot where you can work and try to go there at least once a week. I know that on weekends I work on my blog a lot. So I usually change up where I am writing posts. Once you start changing up your scenery you’ll notice a difference in how you can concentrate better on what you are doing.


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  • Change of scenery is HUGE for me when it comes to staying productive. If my mind starts to wander just packing up and moving to a new location can be enough to re energize.

    For me, bullet journaling is the WAY TO GO!
    Xxox
    Laura @ http://www.cookwineandthinker.com

  • Felicia, I love the practical steps and actionable advice that you provided in this post! SO helpful. One of the biggest ways I stay on task/productive is with lists… I am a complete organization fanatic – so the satisfaction of checking off something from a list really helps me stay focused and manage the hundreds (ok maybe I’m over exaggerating :)) of tasks I have to complete each week. Thanks again!!

  • Creating a schedule and taking breaks are my musts!! Sometimes my breaks last a little bit too long hahaha

  • Great tips! For some reason, I’ve never thought doing tasks in batches. Going to try that out, I think it’ll be amazing!

  • I need to get better about batching. I get so much done when I do! These are all such great tips!

  • Shani Ogden

    I’m definitely a planner and I love how it makes it so easy to sit down and get things done when I don’t have to think about what I need to get done.

  • These are all so key for me when I need to get my productivity up. I find that a change of scenery really helps! I’m taking time off from work right now but when I do work I’ll usually spend like a couple hours on the couch, a couple at a coffee shop, and then a couple at a park or something like that.

  • I really need to get better about batching! Couldn’t agree more about taking breaks though!

  • Getting a change of scenery works wonders. My university has multiple campuses so there are plenty of options for finding a new place to study.

  • I need to start batching! I’m definitely the type of person that is constantly switching tasks and never gets just one thing done.

  • Great tips! I need all the productivity hacks I can get, these days, with a newborn! I really have to optimize nap time in order to get anything done!

  • I’m putting this advice to use tomorrow at work! I feel like my to-do list is always growing, and nothing ever gets crossed off!

    • Ahh, you’ll have to let me know how it goes for you!

  • i love your tip for taking breaks! I totally agree, if i try to force something just to get it done, i end up not really getting anywhere. I would rather use 15 or even 60 min for self care and come back to it later!

    • Yes! It’s so important especially when you’re such a hard worker and I can tell that you are!

  • Thanks Felicia for this post! I have found that the only way I get things done is by planning ahead because I like things done thoroughly. Without putting up a schedule, it will be very difficult to succeed in our task especially as a blogger. Great post!

  • I really need to start batching more. The only things I really batch are content ideas and stock photos (when I have good light lol). It’d help me accomplish way more!

    • Oh nice! Yes it will. It’s difficult sometimes, but in the end it’s so worth it!