4 Simple Ways to be More Productive

UPDATED: 09/15/2020

Being able to focus and be more productive are two essential things in my life right now. Just like most of you, I have a lot going on right now. Still, working on increasing my productivity and concentrating on doing what I can without stretching myself too thin is my goal and so far I’ve been very successful. During this period of uncertainty, I’ve created a lot of systems and processes that work for me to let go of control, focus, and be more productive. I thought I’d share a few tips that have been working well for me and hopefully they work for you too!

four ways to focus & be more productive:


I love planning. However, sometimes I plan too much and don’t get much done. So I’ve learned that creating a schedule is more efficient. Towards the end of each month, I begin planning 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. I’m able 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.


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 taking photos for the blog would 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.

TIP // 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 used to your system and you’ll finish the tasks quickly.


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.

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 whatever is happening. 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.


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 different location where you can work and try to go there at least once a week. I know this may be difficult with the current times, but going outside or to the park vs being at home helps. I know that on weekends I work on my blog a lot. So I usually change up where I am writing posts vs where I work every day. Once you start switching up your location you’ll notice a difference in how much you concentrate better on what you are doing.

how do you focus & stay productive?

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3 years ago

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!
Laura @ http://www.cookwineandthinker.com

Ashton Long
3 years ago

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!!

Whitney S.
3 years ago

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

Jiawun | Beauty Nerd By Night

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

Crystal @ Dreams, etc.

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

Shani Ogden
Shani Ogden
3 years ago

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.

Michelle @ She's Not So Basic

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.

Rachel @ STCL
3 years ago

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

3 years ago

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.

Adriana Renee
3 years ago

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

3 years ago

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!

Monica Delmonico
3 years ago

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!

Felicia Renee
3 years ago

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

Rachel@The Confused Millennial

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!

Felicia Renee
3 years ago

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

Eki Ayemenre
3 years ago

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!

Felicia Renee
3 years ago
Reply to  Eki Ayemenre

Ahh, I’m glad you enjoyed the post!

Summer @ Coffee With Summer

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!

Felicia Renee
3 years ago

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