Productivity

Sweater: Zara (similar here and here); Skirt: Zara (similar here and here); Coat: Club Monaco; Shoes: Alexander Wang

Now that Christmas is over, we can all start looking forward to the next big yearly milestone: the coming of 2017. I always look forward to the new year. It’s like the first page in a brand new book full of challenges and achievements to come. So in the spirit of starting fresh, I wanted to share my top 5 tips to increase productivity:

1.  Set goals
Setting goals is a great way to  set yourself up for a tangible achievement. When I’m embarking on a long-lead project for work, I make mini goals for myself on my calendar so I don’t leave everything for the last moment. It also makes me feel like I achieve something small every day.

2. Declutter your workspace
Every notice how easy it is to get distracted when there’s a pile of papers or shit all over your desk? That’s because a cluttered space results in a cluttered mind. When you’re about to dive into a project, spend 10 minutes clearing out your workspace.

3. Put your phone away
We all know how easy it is to fall into the rabbit hole of mindlessly scrolling through Pinterest, Buzzfeed, or stalking various people on Facebook. I like to put my iPhone in another room altogether so I can dedicate my full attention to my work. That way, I’m not interrupted by my friends telling me about the latest online sale or the videos exchanged in my family Whatsapp group.

4. Use a timer
I’m not great at focusing for long periods of time without getting distracted. So on the days where I’m having trouble concentrating, I like to set myself a timer for 20 minute increments. During those 20 minutes, I focus all my energy on my work, and reward myself with a 5 minute break afterwards.

5. Make lists
You guys, I rival Monica Gellar at list-making. I make them for everything! Not only does it help me remember the tasks I have to accomplish, there is also something very satisfying about ticking it off. It feels like a mini-achievement!

Do you have any tips or tricks of your own to increase productivity?

    

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  1. December 26, 2016 / 12:00 pm

    Lovely outfit! Thank you for the great tips! Using a timer worked for me for the last two years!

  2. December 26, 2016 / 1:50 pm

    Thanks for the tips, love this look.
    The most important thing for me is make a list, so I can be more organized 🙂
    I wish you an amazing day!
    XO Erica
    http://www.ericavoyage.com

  3. December 26, 2016 / 2:20 pm

    Beyond chic! Love this!

  4. Amy Arnold
    December 26, 2016 / 4:37 pm

    Obsessed!!! Just scheduled this to pin. You look gorgeous. I love the neutrals and the sleeves. Good tips. Making lists always helps me. Maybe I need to try setting a timer. I have never done that.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  5. December 26, 2016 / 6:42 pm

    Adorable look, I love the neutrals and the sleeves, Thanks for sharing these great tips !
    Have an amazing day !
    Nina
    xox
    http://www.thecrispylipstick.com

  6. December 27, 2016 / 7:56 am

    Great post, it is so good to just switch off from technology sometimes, your productivity goes through the roof!

    Also loving the sleeves on your jumper!

    Pose & Repeat

  7. miri
    December 27, 2016 / 11:07 am

    I had to laugh when I saw the point of using a timer! I am so like you. I find it really difficult to concentrate for a long period of time on one thing. My mind is so scattered. It jumps from one topic to the other, like a monkey. I need to meditate more often and that is my goal for 2017. 🙂

    Thank you for sharing your advise on how to increase productivity. I love your articles.
    X
    Miri

    http://currentlywearing.com

  8. December 27, 2016 / 12:52 pm

    I thought I’d deal with the planning of 2017 today and just get my mind in order/my work/computer/phone etc. Right now everything is just filled with random things that I don’t need for the new year, lol! So thank you for this list, it came perfect in time! And love your outfit, comfy and chic! Xx

    http://www.thefashionfolks.com

  9. December 27, 2016 / 3:32 pm

    Your outfit reminds me of coffee and cream, love it! But guuurl, do you ever take a break! Actually influencers like you help me to stay productive. I joined Insta in August and I told my bro that I was shocked about the Crimbo Insta Hussle I saw, it seems like no one was taking a digital break…that can get me a bit stresed but for the most part, it’s a wake up call that it is what it is and I better stay productive! ( :

  10. December 27, 2016 / 5:05 pm

    OMG I love this look the two set is amazing! The coat is even sassier! Love it! Thank you so much for sharing this with us! Happy New Year to you and your family!! Dominica from http://www.its-dominica.blogspot.co.uk

  11. December 27, 2016 / 9:19 pm

    First off, you look absolutely gorgeous and so chic as always! I love the tips you’ve shared here, especially the one on putting your phone away! It really is such a huge distraction and I work better when it’s not in sight too. I also love that you set alarms because I like to take small breaks in between working to give my mind a bit of a break. Thanks so much for sharing, beauty, this post couldn’t have come at a better time as well get ready to usher in the new year! I hope you’re having a wonderful holiday season!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

  12. December 28, 2016 / 2:32 am

    wonderful tips! Love your amazing look too! =)

    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

  13. December 28, 2016 / 4:22 am

    Great photos! I love decluttering my workspace and find that I have to do it often, but it always feels great after and I feel more productive.

  14. December 28, 2016 / 5:42 am

    Putting my phone away is something I’ve wanted to do for a while. But it is so hard, especially with having to keep up with Instagram constantly. Well, I guess if it’s something I want, I should find a way to prioritize it. Good luck to you with your resolutions!

    xx Yasmin
    http://banglesandbungalows.com

  15. December 28, 2016 / 7:34 am

    Making lists is a life saver, for everything not only for blogging. I always have a notebook near me and I always write my lists. Great tips! x

    Yiota
    pinkdaisyloves.blogspot.com

  16. Taislany Gomes
    December 28, 2016 / 12:00 pm

    You look absolutely beautiful. Love the tips!

    Kisses & Happy Wednesday,
    BLOG | TAISLANY

  17. December 28, 2016 / 1:03 pm

    Great tips, I really like the idea of the 20 minute bursts. I might have to try this technique.

    Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

  18. December 28, 2016 / 2:02 pm

    Looking gorgeous lady!Obsessed with your coat. SO pretty and cozy! You look incredible!
    Have a great week my darling. Happy Holidays!
    Much love, Len
    http://www.lenparent.com

  19. December 28, 2016 / 3:28 pm

    Great tips! I have Christmas break right now so I can feel how my productivity is slacking and I have to put in effort to be productive!

    Xx, Lora | https://www.cherrycolastyle.com

  20. December 28, 2016 / 7:06 pm

    Yes, I am all about list making! So essential for me to stay productive. I also love that you mention having a clean workspace. It’s surprising how much easier this makes it to focus.

    Kathryn • simplykk.com

  21. December 28, 2016 / 10:55 pm

    Great post and thank you for your ideas! I have especially with number 3 a problem but I’m working on it 😛

    Best, Janine
    http://www.florafallue.com

  22. December 29, 2016 / 2:00 am

    Such a great post, dear. Your tips are so useful, and i’m trying to follow them in order to get more productive.
    Have a wonderful day.
    lefashionaire.com

  23. December 29, 2016 / 6:25 am

    gorgeous look! I love the knit set! and as far as productivity, I find that putting my phone away works wonders for me!

    http://www.prettyinleather.net

  24. December 31, 2016 / 3:01 am

    Making a to-do list every morning, in order of priority is a must for me to be productive. It sets the day off right! You look incredibly chic as always! Absolutely love the coat.

    Catherine
    http://www.thestylesynapse.com/