Wednesday, October 1, 2014

My 5 Essentials for Productivity + Playlist

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A while back, Kabbage reached out and asked me to write a post on my 5 essentials for productivity. At first, I didn't really think that I had any, but the more I started thinking about it, I realized that my lazy days and productive days fall in to two different routines, and I definitely have things that help guide my day in either direction. 

1. Early Start 
Whenever I wake up with enough time to read blogs in bed or just have a minute to wake up before I start rushing around, my day goes much better. I feel like I've started the day on the right foot and I have time to plan out what I'll be doing and wearing and where I'll be going, instead of trying to organize everything once the day's already started and I've left my house. A key tip here is to actually get out of bed though. I'm so bad about hitting snooze and then just laying down with one eye closed until the last possible minute, but sadly, that does not constitute waking up early. 

2. Good Breakfast 
Another perk about waking up early/actually on time is that you can have a filling healthy breakfast. I always feel more focused and put together when I've had a proper breakfast and not a granola bar as I'm running out the door..or more realistically, skipping it all together. It's the most important meal of the day for a reason and getting lots of protein in the morning is a big part of being productive all day long! 

3. Clean, Organized Work Space
Is it just me, or does it bother everyone when you try to work at your desk and it's a huge mess? I absolutely cannot concentrate when their are random things everywhere, so whether I'm working in my room or at my desk, I make sure to tidy up first. Otherwise, I'll constantly be distracted by all the bits and bobs I come across when I'm supposed to be working. 

4. Plan for the Day 
Hi, my name is Sarah and I'm a checklist junkie. There's just something about being able to tick all those boxes when you finish something and being able to visually see the progress you're making. When I feel like I'm getting nothing done, I get frustrated and discouraged, but when I can see that I'm actually doing things with my time and getting closer to the finish line, I feel much more motivated to push through and get it all done. Also, I feel majorly less scattered and stressed when everything I have to do is written down. I know I haven't missed anything and I can effectively plan out my time and know that I'll get everything done. 

5. Positive Encouragement 
I am a huge believer in positive vibes. It's why I decorate with photos from my favorite memories and hang up all my favorite quotes. It's also why I always listen to music while I work. I like it to be upbeat, but not distracting, and it generally keeps me working at a good pace, but not bored or frustrated. Here is my current favorite playlist to write to, study to, or just play whenever I'm hanging out in my room. It's a good mix of everything and lasts almost 5 hours…what more could I want? 
These little things are tried and true and I must admit that with school starting for me soon, I need to get back into the routine of having these kinds of days, instead of waking up at 11, popping out for lunch, and then spending the rest of my day wasting time with Netflix and social media. Thank you Kabbage for the inspiration, I'm now off to tidy up my room and get to work! 
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P.S. - The "Hit the Books" Styling Competition that I'm participating in last until October 10th, and you can vote for me here. I'd very much appreciate it! 

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