Hi everyone! How are you doing? I’m so excited to be here with these tips on organisation, and my first ever free printable!
I’ve been SUPER busy with everything thats been going on, and one thing I always love and need to do is plan, plan, plan! Work has been getting on top of me recently, and I realised a while back that I had to get things in order, and get more organised.
I tried just listing everything, forcing myself to concentrate, not allowing myself to get up until I finished a task, but either I would not even be able to get started, or I ended up exhausting myself and being less productive.
These are some ways in which I’ve managed to get myself more productive, and keep organised! I want to share these tips with you, and give you some free printable planners to hopefully help you manage your time and tasks!
The pomodoro method has totally transformed the way that I work at my desk. It helps to keep my concentration in check and lets me pace myself during the day so that I don’t end the day feeling exhausted, or get less productive the more tired I get.
The Pomodoro method is a fantastic way of breaking up your time. You split the time between focussing on working, and taking a break. The idea is that you work for a limited amount of time, which makes you focus more and procrastinate less, as you don’t have the time to spread out your work and do it slowly.
I think the most common pomodoro method is to work for 25 minutes, and break for 5 minutes. It is super important that you do actually break, otherwise you’ll end up being less productive in the long run due to running yourself down!
Personally, I prefer the 45 minutes working and 15 minutes break, although for tasks that require a lot of focus, the shorter ones are usually better!
One of the ways that I keep track of my time is by using StudyBreak. This app lets you set the time ratio that you want to work – whether its 25 minutes of work, 5 minutes of break or 45 mins of work, 15 minutes of break or something else entirely!
The app is free to download on iOS, and gives you a summary of your statistics which is really satisfying to look at! You can keep track of the time of day you start working, your productivity level, how many breaks and distractions you have etc. Oh yeah – thats another thing – it sends you a notification telling you to get off your phone if it senses a distraction!
All in all I think this is a simple but great app to keep motivated and get the most out of your day.
Keeping on the task
Once you know how long you’re going to be working on, the struggle is to make sure you focus and don’t procrastinate. If you’re anything like me, a lot of your work might be on a computer – which for me is where ALL my distractions are! So I’ve got a handy trick up my sleeve which I’ve been using for years and years to help me stay on track.
My absolute favourite chrome extension to help me with this is StayFocusd. If you’re using google chrome, you can download the extension or check it out here. If not, they recommend using Freedom, which is available on other devices and web browsers, although I can’t say anything about this since I haven’t personally used it myself.
One of my favourite things about this is that you can BLOCK certain sites, so even if you lose self control and find yourself wandering over to these sites, Stayfocusd will block it for you within your set hours!
Another great feature is that they let you choose how much time you’re allowed on your blocked sites, so you can still go on them during your breaks. However, if you want to be super strict you can set it to zero, or theres always the ‘nuclear’ option which stops you from going anywhere!
Its all very good to have a timer and ward off distractions, but its not useful if you don’t know what you’re doing!
For me, planning is a MUST DO. To-do lists and meetings for the day help me focus on everything I have got to do during the work day. Not only that, but keeping track of things like my water intake (super important for maintaining concentration!) and what meals I need to cook after work are things that always clutter my mind.
I also love having a weekly and monthly plan – an overview of whats coming up. Having my own self-inflicted deadlines also help me to keep productive, as I have a goal to work towards.
I really struggle to find planners which have everything I need in the right proportions, and I LOVE designing things, so I thought – why not make my own?! So I did just that and made my own free printable planners!
To receive your FREE daily, weekly and monthly planners, just sign up below and you’ll receive an email to the address you entered. In that email, you will be given a link and password to access the free printable!
It’s that simple!
I hope you like them too and find them as fun and useful as I do!
I’m so excited for you all to try them out, please do let me know what you think so I can create more and improve!
I’d love to make some specific to blogging and content planning, so anything that you’ve been wanting would help me out a tonne, and of course you’ll be first to know about them!
See you in the next one,