The Productive Woman

The Productive Woman

I dream of productivity. You know, those days when you just… get things done? Imagine this (if you can, anyway); you’ve managed to wake up at 5am, gotten to the gym early enough for there to only be 10 people and free treadmills. Then you travelled to work, got there on time and ate a healthy lunch without snacking once…I’m getting ahead of myself now, aren’t I? Or maybe not.

I believe that learning how to be productive and organised is one of the best gifts a woman can give herself, and it doesn’t have to be difficult or hard to imagine either. I’m a living testimony of that as I’m sure I was once the least productive person in the world (maybe an exaggeration, but a valid one all the same). That was until I started making small changes, one at a time. This isn’t to say I’m all done because if I’m being honest, I only started implementing these changes mid-January and still struggle with keeping to many of them, however, that doesn’t negate the fact that they’ve worked for me, and just might help you too.

Here are some of my favourite tips for increasing productivity and organisation:

  1. Set alarms you can keep to (try not to set alarms for ridiculous-o’clock when you know you’re going to sleep late. If you set an alarm for 5am when you’re going to sleep at 12am, how productive will your day really be?)

  2. Keep your phone away from you when in bed. This forces you to physically get up and turn your alarm off when it rings in the morning.

  3. Write a list at the beginning of the week of things that you need to accomplish by the end of said week.

  4. Don’t set unattainable goals for yourself as that can lead to you beating yourself up if they don’t get met (this doesn’t mean only setting safe goals for yourself, it’s okay to push yourself, but also be honest with yourself about what are long-term, or short-term goals).

  5. Make your bed every morning the second you get up. This is such an important tip, as just from having a tidy bed in the morning, it puts your mind at ease to face the rest of the day. Don’t believe me? Try it for a week!

  6. Incorporate exercise into your weekly routine. If you can’t go running/to the gym every day of the week, start with 2/3 days a week and see the difference it makes to your overall well-being. Healthy body, healthy mind.

  7. Leave excuses back in 2018 where they belong. We all make time for things that are important to us so remember your goals and what you are trying to achieve. This keeps you motivated to keep going on even when you feel like you have no energy left.

  8. Sleep early Although I myself struggle with sleeping early, numerous articles have been written on the importance of a good night’s sleep; weight control and mood control being some of the best benefits in my opinion.

I hope these tips help you reach your productivity goals in the same way they’ve helped me.

Here’s to being your most productive self in 2019!

Eseabasi, Sapphire Media Intern

Jasmine N Cannon-Ikurusi