15 Ways to Boost Productivity and Beat Procrastination So You'll Start the School Year Right

Here's a roundup of little ways you can incorporate into your routine and get things done, stat!
by Melanie Santiago   |  Jul 29, 2017
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  1. Be productive not busy

Get a clear understanding what being productive means, take not saying "no" can be a way for you to focus on the task at hand.

  1. Reward yourself

We tend to work better and faster when there's a reward in the end, it could be anything from a trip you're looking forward to this weekend or something from this list. Note: you don't need to spend or pig out on dessert to reward yourself. 

  1. Do calming yoga poses

A list of projects and subjects to study for can become daunting, in cases like these, it's time to separate yourself for a moment and relax. Try yoga to slow things down for a clearer mind.

  1. Chant

Encourage yourself with positive words or quotes! Words can have big impact and can help you find your motivation through a tough time.

  1. Brain dump

We can be overwhelmed with to-dos, feelings and lots of random thoughts that just need a way out. Do a brain dump, write everything down and we mean EVERYTHING. When you've done that, it's time to sort what goes to the priority bin and what goes out.

  1. Sip a drink!

Make sure you have a healthy refreshment ready to keep you going! A drink in hand keeps you from going down the kitchen and possibly staying there rather than finishing your work. Try a delicious matcha latte.

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  1. Power snack

Prep and sustain yourself with yummy brain food that’s both healthy and tasty. Thing a well rounded breakfast, lunch and snacks!

  1. Single tasking

Stick to one task and make sure to focus and leave nothing undone. The beauty of single tasking helps you move on from a completely finished work rather than going back and forth every now and then.

  1. Try a planner

A physical list keeps track of your work; this printable features a weekly planner which gives an overview of the level of work in a week. It'll help you prep yourself for the coming days.

  1. Practice self-control

You see those phone notifications for Facebook, or the airing for the latest episode of GOT, step back and restrain yourself. Always remember that finishing your task is more important than something you can easily do after and ultimately have less stress.

  1. Organize your desk

It is essential to have a clean and organized desk suited to your needs, but a personalized one will get your creative juices flowing. Check out this board for desk inspo.

  1. Do a digital declutter

A major part of us lives online, it only makes sense to clean up junk in our emails and laptops to avoid unnecessary distractions that take up space.

  1. Learn faster

Especially effective when studying for an upcoming exam, the techniques here can be applied when learning a new skill too.

  1. Relax

When faced with an urgent task, it's easy to rush and get disorganized. Try one of these activities before and after you take on your work for a better head and mental health.

  1. Get a good night's rest

A 3 or 4-hour sleep isn't much sleep at all, expect yourself weary and less attentive to your work. Here are some ways you can help yourself relax and get the full rest you need.

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Melanie Santiago
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Frustrated painter and writer, Melanie also takes time to drop by candymag.com and share the stories she comes across.
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