Some Of My Recent Productivity Processes
If you've been reading Not Copper Armour for a little while then you'll know that I'm always on the hunt for ways to improve my productivity levels (my spirit animal is a sloth for a reason). Productivity is such a fickle mistress, she can come out in certain seasons and moments then retreat in others plus it can be affected by so many personal factors, thoughts and feelings - it can be an annoyance trying to pin it down. As I work term time I have a bit of spare time to once again create some trial and error with my usual routines. What have you been doing recently to alter your methods for the better? All tips are welcome!
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T H A N T V
My go to custom for when I want to be somewhat productive normally entails putting on some mindless television program that I've seen before so I can tune it out and use it as pure background noise however it can also be an all too easy distraction, as you try not to let the eyes wander. In an attempt to remedy this there have been 2 new additions that now take the TV's place, podcasts and a mindful app:
#01 || P O D C A S T S :
So many people, including my favourite creators have waxed lyrical about the joys and benefits of listening to podcasts. I've recently added to my Itunes 'Y O U ' R E N O T T H E B O S S O F M E' by Olivia Bossert, 'L E T T E R S F R O M A H O P E F U L C R E A T I V E' By Sara Tasker and Jen Carrington and 'T H E C R E A T I V E L E A P' by Cat Byrne and already I'm hooked. At the minute I haven't perfectly married the idea of blogging / working and podcasts as if I'm honest I get too involved and find the discussions that these folks have are interesting plus inspirational. However since these have come into my life I have been doing slightly more with my time and blog in general. If you can't do both at once like me they are also the perfect accompaniment to tidying and solo walks.
#02 || C A L M :
After I finished my purely 9-5 office role in March it became abundantly clear that I needed more ways to help with those anxious tendencies and 1 of them came in the form of the app 'C A L M'. It has now fast become one of my favourite apps because it has a whole library of ambient songs that cater to whether you want to focus, relax or sleep and it has been a dream to zone out and be more mindful of my situation plus has genuinely cut out the distractions when blog post writing. What I adore is that you can download these tracks and listen to them where ever without a internet connection. These soothing or lively tones have done wonders for my day and mood in general.
G E T T I N G A W A Y F R O M T H E C O M P U T E R
The online world is a wonderful place to be at times but if like me your job requires 8 hours of looking at a screen then you're less likely to to come home and jump on your own computer for blogging - at least not without a rest for your peepers first. Whenever I can I try to keep parts of my blog offline like the planning stages and some admin so that physically it adds variety to the whole process but eases up on your eyes. In this current Summer heatwave we're currently experiencing in the UK, my laptop doesn't deal well with outside so instead me and my notepad go places.
8 H O U R S O F S L E E P
During the working week I usually get approximately 5-6 hours but anyone who knows me well will know that I'm a girl who needs all the sleep to function properly. In the evening after said work day I'm often up late trying to get the most of the night hours to help my blog which leaves me with a later bedtime and if I'm honest it's probably not working. After work it's a mixture of: got to get ahead of blogging / but I want to relax / I need to eat / and possibly shower / but there's to links do - kind of mentality but I've learned that there's a need for a bit more focus and balance. Yes there may be some late nights to complete extra blogging commissions but it shouldn't have to be every day and night otherwise that does lead to the inevitable burn out - a word which no one wants to hear. I've enjoyed going to bed earlier and waking up naturally as it's giving me a slightly more 'can do' attitude.