In my last post, I talked about apps that help you focus your time so that you can do more of what you love. Today, I’m sharing some easy, low-tech tips. These sound so simple but I always forget about them! Here are some reminders (or maybe even new ideas) of easy things to do to help you get more done.
Turn off the internet. Turn it off on your laptop, put your phone on airplane mode, unplug the router if you get tempted…just turn it all off.
Write in a notebook. This one is a personal favorite of mine. Sometimes the blank screen is intimidating and sitting down to put pen to paper is freeing. Sometimes, it sparks something that didn’t come through while typing.
Go to the library or a coffee shop. A change of scenary can sometimes spark something in you or provide some added motivation. This works especially well when you find yourself coming up with tasks to do around the house instead of writing. Bonus, don’t get the wifi password, turn off your phone, and don’t take anything else with you. Put yourself in a scenario where you have to write or just sit there.
Set a timer. Set a timer on your phone, your watch, the microwave, your stove, Alexa, an egg timer…whatever you have. Setting a timer is great for days when you feel too (insert adjective here) to write. Set yourself a timer for 30 minutes and see what you can get done! Even if it’s only 100 words, you did some writing, you engaged in your project, you did it! Yay you!
Next time you find yourself in a slump or just not meeting your own productivity goals, try one of these and let me know how it goes!