I am a person that strongly believes that I must do something productive every day. Whether it is filming a stop-motion, working on my blog or novel, or even cleaning my room.
I feel like if you aren’t being productive, crossing stuff off your To-Do list, or doing something earlier to help you out in the future, then you are wasting time. Even when I was sick I did something productive laying on the couch. I made a dent in my monstrous To-Be-Read list.
But I didn’t come here to brag about everything I do. I’m here to give you some tips on how you can be more productive and organized.
Let’s start things off with a bang!
Journaling or some other form of keeping track of what to do, what you have to do, what you want to do, what you need, or anything else.
I don’t use my journal like a bullet journal with daily, weekly, monthly spreads because I like to see what I need to do without flipping through a book. Instead, I use this to write fanfiction, keep track of ideas, photos, and things I want to do.
I would totally advise you to get one. I’ve been doing it for a few years (2 years) and it is a nice thing to do in bed before I sleep. I know not everyone has time to do it, but just set aside a few minutes and write down some ideas you might have. You’ll see, it helps you to relax and unwind.
Secondly, get yourself a calendar. These things are literally life-changing when you aren’t lucky enough to have a phone yet.
I made my own since I’m not planning to buy a calendar for the last 5 months of 2018. But I promise I’m going to get a nicer one soon.
When you can see the entire month before your eyes, it’s easier to plan out videos and blog posts. I have everything colour-coded so I know what event is for what. This is how I have the rest of my blog posts and videos planned out for 2018.
Seeing the whole month ahead of you is super helpful for blogging. When scheduling blog posts, it’s nice and easy to glance over and see what day you are supposed to do what on and you can work toward your goal.
Now, I get myself crazy goals sometime. Like I’m going to start writing Chase before March starts. If I start writing half-way through February, then I’ll finish during Camp NaNo in April. Second draft it in May and leave it alone in June. Then macro edits it in Camp Nano in July. I already have half of 2019 planned out writing-wise! Finish my character stuff right before my winter break starts and then do some fancy scene structure!
Lastly, buy yourself a planner where you can see stuff without flipping through extra junk and having this huge book laying open on your tiny desk.
I bought this Knock-Knock pad from Chapters for about 8 dollars. It has thick paper that you write on so marker doesn’t go through it and 56 pages. I just treat the next week column as a Saturday/Sunday.
This way if I’m sitting at my desk, then I can easily see what I have to do this week. And when I finish it off, then I get the satisfaction of checking it off my list.
Now for the tips that can help you stay on track:
- Make time to procrastinate- As weird as that may sound, we all will procrastinate sometime. Even I didn’t get all that I wanted to be down yesterday. You are going to have times and things that get in the way of you working. So if you know that you are going to procrastinate writing that blog post on Tuesday, put it down anyway. When you don’t get around to doing it on Tuesday, you’ll probably feel guilty. So when you are putting it down on Tuesday, make sure you leave a block of time open on Thursday. After feeling guilty about procrastinating, you’ll want to finish it up and get rid of the guilty feeling for not doing it.
- Just get it done- If you know that this is the only time to do this, just do it. Put on your headphones, grab a snack and get on the grid. Just start working. Get away from whatever distracts you and find a spot where you can’t be disturbed by your family.
- Plan ahead- If you want to finish filming a video on December 19, but you need to edit it. Unfortunately, you have 3 major tests within the last week leading up to the 19 and a group project and essay due right before the 19. You have two options. One is to run and cower under your covers and don’t the video. The other one is to plan ahead. If you know you have tests to study for and work to finish up, then work around it. Plan out the days you’re going to work on school, then find random chunks of free-time that is probably dedicated to Netflix or YouTube. Turn those media times into video prodution times. You can have a Netflix marathon after you celebrate the grades you received on your work.
- Give up sleep- Don’t try to stay up all night, but wake up earlier than normal on a Saturday and get an early start on the day. Instead of sleeping in till 9, wake up at 7 and get ready. Then by 8:30 you will be ready to get to work. Not only will you feel refreshed, but you will feel more energetic and ready for action.
And that is all I have for you! So get going and do something productive everyday! Make that your goal.