Focus on being productive instead of busy.

Akshay Raveendran
4 min readJul 28, 2022


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Photo by Vlada Karpovich

This article was originally going to be titled “8 Tips for a Productive Work Day.” The more I considered it, though, the more I realized that productivity isn’t simply about work. I enjoy working hard during the weekend or at home. (However, I also enjoy a good day off where I do absolutely nothing!) I truly want to live a productive life, yet there are moments when it’s difficult. Here are some pointers that aid in my continued progress.

  1. Make a to-do list. Without a to-do list, I am completely lost! I (at least attempt to) make a list every morning before I start the day. I’ve also discovered that I sometimes make my to-do list the night before if I’m feeling extremely worried about a significant assignment at work or an impending deadline. This gives me the impression that the day is getting off to a head start.
  2. Give yourself small rewards for completing big tasks. I’m not sure how you feel about rewards, but I love them. It may be as simple as saying, “Once I’ve read all of my emails, I’ll go prepare my afternoon cup of coffee.” Find inventive ways to push oneself to work hard and come up with tiny rewards that don’t always include money or material possessions. 🙂
  3. Find ways to break up your workday (or night). I don’t think I’m superhuman, but I think my attention span is about average. Tasks that take a long time or are in any way physically taxing should be broken up. Say, for instance, that you’re a photographer and you have to spend one evening editing photos for roughly five hours. After three hours of work, reward yourself with a snack or do your nails. then complete that assignment. Additionally, if you spend a lot of time sitting at your desk, schedule a few stretch breaks during your day. Your mood will improve!
  4. Avoid addictive time wasting activities. I actually admitted how much I adore Candy Crush Saga. I have experience with time wasters. Facebook may serve as a trap. Online or mobile gaming can also become very addicting. When you’re attempting to do something, stay away from these. Spend the final five minutes of your workday checking Facebook (maybe as a reward?). Set restrictions on short “time-wasting” sessions as well. It’s acceptable to need a mental break, but avoid getting drawn in. As an illustration, check the time first the next time you want to check Instagram while you’re supposed to be working. Allow yourself no more than 2–3 scrolls through your feed before stopping.

5. As much as you can, complete your tasks in the morning. It has different levels. Personally, I’m kind of a morning person and kind of not. You realize? Getting out of bed in the morning is difficult for me. But I’ve found that when I do get up and start working on my daily to-do list, by nine or ten in the morning, I already feel so accomplished that I feel confident about the remainder of the day. Start the day off strong! The forward motion will keep you moving. After that, you can unwind and relax in the evening.

6. Tackle that really tough to-do first. I know. You’re not going to. neither do I. But once finished, it’s finished! A particularly difficult or unpleasant task will frequently remain at the bottom of my list for many more days than it should. And it’s been hanging over me constantly. Do it now. Your mood will improve. Then you’ll just have the simple tasks remaining to complete.

7. Showcase your success. This serves as future inspiration fuel. When you achieve a challenging objective or cross off a lengthy to-do list, it’s acceptable to feel really elated and proud. Tell your spouse or partner. Instagram the completed work. Phone your mother. Punch the air with your fists. Congratulations! You did it!

8. Tell someone your goals. They are now your partner in accountability (s). Boom. I don’t know about you, but if I’ve told someone else about a goal, I’m way more likely to complete it. Any level of visibility is acceptable. You could share a personal ambition with your sister. Alternatively, you may begin a monthly blog series in which you reveal your monthly goals and then update readers on your progress. Just inform someone, you may choose who to tell.



Akshay Raveendran

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