Our top tips for increased productivity

If you're anything like us, you've got a lot on your plate this time of year. With warmer weather making us dream of summer vacation & our New Year's Resolutions slowly fading away, it's time for a pick-me-up in our productivity. We've put together a list of some of our top tips to get stuff done!

Block it out

It’s way too common for our phones to be the biggest hindrance to our productivity. Our favorite app to keep us focused is Forest. Set a length of time you need to stay off your phone & plant your digital tree. If you leave the app, your adorable tree dies. Stay in the app until your time is over & watch your pretend forest flourish! If you focus long enough, a real tree will be planted thanks to you!

The Two-Minute Rule

If you have tasks that take less than two minutes to complete, do them right now. Respond to an email or make that quick phone call that you keep reminding yourself you have to do. Get the little things that clutter your conscience out of the way before moving on to the bigger tasks, & feel the stress wither away!

Prepare the night before

Spend just 15 minutes each night writing in your agenda, setting out your outfit or wrapping up those last-minute emails before you wind down. This can help ease your mind before you go to bed & start your day on a much better note come morning.

Be Urgent

If you can do it now, why don’t you? Even if you know you have plenty of time to get a task done, go ahead get it crossed off your list as long as you’re not already too burned out. Have a sense of urgency now & you’ll find yourself with much more free time later.

Designate time

You’ll be surprised how much you can get done if you plan ahead your productive time in advance. Even if it’s just half an hour, treat it like an appointment; put it in your planner, don’t be late & make the most out of that allotted time.

“Schedule” is the new “To-Do List”

Speaking of scheduling, we all have that one pesky item at the bottom of our to-do list that just won’t go away. Instead of pushing it to infinite tomorrows, set a time when you will actually do it. Write it down and/or set a phone reminder for those tasks we love to put off. Get it out of the way & get that weight off your shoulders.

Take the right kind of break!

If you have a lot of work to get done, try powering through for 90 minutes before taking a break—but make the break meaningful. Walk around, get a snack or even take a step outside if you can instead of refreshing your Twitter feed for half an hour. With all that you've been getting done, don't forget to give your brain the break it deserves!