Are you having trouble focusing when you need to write or study? Do you find that you become distracted easily? There are so many factors that can keep us from getting our work done. With everyone going back to school and or working from home, I wanted to share some tips that have helped me. Whether it’s choosing the right environment to study or having what you need to get started, here are 7 tips to improve your writing and studying productivity.
1) Choose a Comfortable Space You may already have designated area for writing and studying and that’s perfect! For those who don’t or like to change up their environment, choose a comfortable and clean space to get situated. The less you need to worry about clutter or any other distractions, the better! Before Covid, I enjoyed studying in libraries and coffee shops. I preferred working in spaces with some background noise and of course, unlimited coffee! I found that changing up my workspace helped greatly with productivity.
2) Stay Hydrated Writing and studying takes a lot of brain power, which is why it’s important to stay hydrated. Pour yourself a glass of water or make yourself some coffee or tea beforehand. This will prevent you from having to get up for a drink when you’re in the zone.
3) Be Prepared Gather items such as your charger(s), pens, notebooks, and other important papers you require before you sit down. This minimizes the need to get up and look for things midway into your work. Getting up too often can interfere with your process.
4) Music As mentioned before, I like working with a bit of background noise. If I’m working in a quieter space, I opt for instrumentals and jazz. I’ve found some of my favorite playlists on YouTube. My favorite channels that I highly recommend include Coffee Shop Vibes, Calmed by Nature, and Cafe Music BGM.
5) Limit Distractions For many of us, our phones are our biggest distractions. If you don’t require it for work, try keeping your phone in a drawer, in another room, or in your bag if you’re studying at school or a coffee shop. It takes one notification for us to unintentionally start scrolling to disturb our focus.
6) Use a Notebook There are many ideas that can pop up while we work. Use a notebook or a mini whiteboard to jot down ideas as you go. That way you’re able to keep track of points to include in your work along with other things that may come to mind while you’re working.
7) Take a Break Sometimes we can experience a block. If the ideas aren’t flowing or you’re finding it hard to focus, allow yourself to get up and take a break. Getting some fresh air and moving your body can help greatly. Spending 15 minutes clearing your head is more productive than sitting at your desk trying to force it.
These tips have helped me greatly with staying on schedule with my blog posts. I hope you’ve found them helpful. What are some things that help you when you’re writing or studying? Have you heard of these YouTube channels before? I’d love to hear your thoughts! For more posts relating to productivity, visit my tag here.