• Maria Sebastian

7 Steps: How to be Productive during Stressful Times

Good morning loves!


A lot of people have told me that they are struggling with doing anything these days and they often ask me how I'm being so "productive".


Well, there is no easy answer.


I've always been someone who loved being productive.


Over time productivity became my coping mechanism.


I am someone who loves to have every aspect of their life organized and under control. Some may call that being a control freak, but I never push my limits.


I think that makes the biggest difference.


So here are some of my tips for productivity.





  1. Do you really have to be productive?

Ask yourself why you are doing anything you do before you start doing it.


Sometimes we do things out of sheer habit. And that's okay as long as it doesn't harm you in the long run.


It is good to ask yourself if a three hour long binge on YouTube is really what you want right now. And sometimes the answer is yes.


Stop beating yourself up for everything.


2. Prioritize what brings you joy or money.


This is a good rule of thumb.


All of us have some sort of a deadline or other. Sometimes we are so caught up in deadlines that we forget what really matters to us.


If something doesn't bring you happiness and satisfaction by helping you grow into the person you want to be, or bring you income to sustain yourself, it is always a good idea to ask yourself why you are doing it and what you will gain from it.


Sometimes mundane tasks and assignments are unavoidable and not everyone has the luxury to focus on what they love. That's okay.


3. Ask yourself who you really want to be in the next year.


I find this very helpful.


Sometimes seeing the end goal helps.


Knowing why I have to go through the hard process of getting up early and spend 10 hours a day in front of my laptop writing is what keeps me going. It is what keeps me motivated to branch out and put my best put forward.


Taking life one day at a time is fine, obviously. But if you find that that method has not been working for you, give this visualization a go.


4. Make lists.


I'm an ardent advocate of making lists.


I make lists for everything. Every night before sleeping I make a list of things I want to do the next day.


There is something so satisfying about the act of crossing out things you have accomplished.


If you are having a bad day make a lists of even the simplest tasks, like waking up, brushing your teeth etc. Ticking those boxes off will show you how much you actually get done even when you think you have done nothing all day.


5. Schedule things.


I cannot stress this enough.


We all like putting things off for the future us to deal with.


However if you take the time to schedule things you'll find that "sometime in the future" is now suddenly marked in red at 10 am today in your calendar.


Then you have no excuse but to do it.


Starting this habit may be difficult but it really pays off.


6. Cultivate a routine.


Habits make or break a woman. Or man. Or anyone who does not identify as either.


Most people make the mistake of changing their habits drastically and then failing miserably after two days. I've been guilty of this too.


However the key is to make the smallest changes. Read the book Atomic Habits by James Clear for more information on making tiny changes in your life to bring about a huge impact.


7. Tidy up.


I find that the messier my surrounding is, the more distracted I get. So I try to keep my room as neat as possible.


This does not mean it has be be Pinterest-worthy.


It just has to put you in a comfortable state of mind.


Read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo for more information.


That's it for now, my loves. Remember to not let societal and online standards dictate your life. Take it slow. Know what your limits are. Push yourself in a healthy way.


Take care.

Love,

Maria




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