For the past few months, I have found myself slouching on my old sofa bed, contemplating the things that I’m supposed to do this quarantine. Thinking that this pandemic would end after a few weeks was one of the biggest mistakes I’ve ever made in my life, and this mindset has lead to my constant insanity this past couple of weeks.
After fighting a lot of inner demons, I have decided to stop all this mess and start being productive for the sake of mental stability. Jokes on me, I’m claiming something even though I didn’t have it.
Going back, here are some of the things that I did to ensure I’ll have my momentum back and finish some tasks that have been pending on my checklist for a couple of weeks now.
Utilizing a productivity tool
If you’re searching for a productivity tool in the market today, then look further than your own phone’s app store. There are a lot of tools to choose from like Asana, Trello, Notion, among others, but choosing the best one would be a tough decision for you. You should select the best tool that is tailor-fit for your needs. You may check their websites to learn more about their features and if these suit your needs well.
Maximizing the time-blocking technique
I believe this is one of the most popular productivity hacks that you could use on yourself. You can block a certain period of your day and focus on a specific task that you should finish during that time. You could allocate your mornings to manage your client’s work, and your afternoons take care of your family and friends. Perhaps, you could assign an entire day for a specific day of the week to finish a particular project that you should be finishing. It depends on you.
Changing your mindset
They say that procrastination is a manifestation of our fear of the unknown. We tend to stay in our comfort zone because we don’t want to get stressed on the things that are not normal for us. For example, I tend to avoid tasks because I thought that I could not do it, but in reality, I was able to finish it in just a couple of minutes. That frustrating feeling would add up, and it would lead to a cycle of eternal procrastination. Because we thought something could be done quickly, we can then say that we can do it tomorrow. So you get no stuff done.
During this pandemic, I observe that a lot of people are having trouble managing their time, and it’s normal. Our minds are still waiting for the old normal to be back, and it probably won’t. So maybe we should start accepting the fact that we need to look for ways to be productive so that our minds will not overpower us.
We should not let our minds control us. We should control our minds.