Springtime is a season of change — warmer weather, outdoor activities and some much-needed vitamin D. The excitement for the many perks of spring (hello, picnic season!) makes it easy to get distracted and have a prolonged “relaxation” period.
This “relaxation” period can also be seen as, you guessed it, procrastination. This is something many people struggle with from time to time.
However, school is still in session and, while it is important to go out and get some fresh air, there are ways you can continue to stay productive and prepare for all the changes that may come with summer. Here are six life hacks to boost your productivity and prepare you to accomplish your goals this spring:
1. Spring Clean
When there is a lot on your to-do list, it’s easy to skip tidying up in favor of trying to focus on all the projects you need to tackle. But it is actually the decluttering of your space that can help make you feel more prepared to focus on and finish tasks.
Figure out a way to organize your desk or office that makes the most sense for you. Go through old papers and get rid of anything that doesn’t serve a purpose. Wipe down all the surfaces around where you work … yes, that means your often-neglected keyboard, too.
2. Keep Your Mind Springing Forward
Especially when it comes to your education, having a clear idea of what you want to accomplish can help you prioritize how you tackle tasks. Make a list of things you want to accomplish in the next week, month or even year.
Once you have a list, you can break larger goals into smaller tasks. This will help you keep track of your progress and not get overwhelmed at the thought of accomplishing several major goals.
Being able to see how much progress you’ve made is also a good motivator.
As your spring forward, incorporating life hacks into your daily routine can make a big difference. Giving yourself small tasks to complete on a regular basis can keep you focused. One study found that “even without financial incentives, goal-setting improved worker performance by 12 to 15 percent compared to the situation where no goals were defined.”1
3. Spring Out of Bed and Beat the Rush
Are early risers really more productive than night-owls? People can argue both sides. But either way, waking up earlier is one of the important spring life hacks that can have several benefits for those trying to boost productivity.
Some studies suggest that people who wake early are “better at making decisions, planning and setting goals.”2 One primary reason for being able to stay focused may be because there are fewer distractions and interruptions early in the morning.
4. Spring into Action
Now that you have a list of things you want to accomplish, get to work! Your actions can be simple, small steps toward a greater goal.
Finish all the minor or quick tasks as soon as you wake up or are able to do so in the morning. This will prevent distractions as you concentrate on the more complex tasks later.
Want another way to spring into action? Try exercising. When you wake up and exercise, “it sets you up for the day with energy, focus and enthusiasm.”3 This can also help beat that dreaded sluggish feeling that can make you feel distracted when you’re trying to work. After exercising in the morning, you should be energized and ready to work.
5. Spring into Something New
If you work at the same space every day, you may notice that you are uninspired and no longer feel motivated. Something as simple as changing your environment can help you stay focused and be more productive.
If you usually do your course work in a library, go to a park on a nice day instead, or head to a busy coffee shop. Your mind may feel invigorated by the change, since it makes your brain work in a different way.
If you cannot change where you work, try to switch up simple things around your work space. Play some soft music in the background if you normally try to work in silence, move around items on your desk, maximize natural light or add some plants. All these simple life hacks can help things feel “new” and inspiring.
6. Put a Spring in Your Step
It’s easy to feel stressed in the spring, whether you’re preparing for exams or trying to finish all your work for an upcoming summer vacation. With these life hacks, you can gain the focus and energy you need to accomplish your tasks. Nothing blocks productivity more than being unenthusiastic or unmotivated to work.
There are many ways to train your thinking to stay positive. Focus on how much progress you have made toward reaching a goal or how much closer you will be if you complete the next task.
The Most Important of All the Spring Life Hacks: Complete Your Degree with Grantham!
Signing up to start an online degree at Grantham is the first task you can check off your spring to-do list! Though your courses are online, you can use these life hacks to help you stay focused and remain on track to graduate at your own pace. Contact us today to get started!