The Think Productive blog offers different ideas on how you can increase your productivity on a daily basis, but we thought it would help to show you how our favorite productivity ninjas apply these tips to their daily lives.
Occupation: Marketing Assistant
Company: Think Productive Canada
Location: Calgary, AB
What’s important about your work space?
That it’s comfortable to sit in, not too cluttered, and well-scented (using either candles or an essential oil diffuser)
Which Productivity Ninja characteristic have you got nailed the most? And where do you want to improve?
I’m a bit Unorthodox in how I work as I prefer a cozy couch over a desk, and am often working in my pajamas. The characteristic I want to improve upon is Ruthlessness, as I tend to get distracted easily when working, so I need to protect my attention better.
Which five apps could you not live without?
You’re probably expecting a list of business apps, but at 18, the apps I couldn’t live without are a little less business oriented.
The apps I use on a daily basis are Instagram, Snapchat, Vine, Google Play Music and the Clock app.
What’s your favorite piece of stationary?
A to-do list. Also post-it notes for when I run out of to-do list paper
When in the day do you have the most proactive attention?
Mid-afternoon to early evening, once the caffeine from my morning tea has kicked in.
What’s your trick for when you’re tired or struggling with attention in the day?
Caffeine (usually in the form of a giant mug of tea)
What’s your best advice for reducing stress?
Don’t be forget to take care of yourself. Mental and physical health is more important than pushing yourself too hard to get work done.
What’s your favorite way to take a break in the middle of the day?
Watching YouTube videos.
What’s the secret to your productivity?
Making 2 to-do lists: one academic (textbook chapters to read, practice questions to do, etc.) and one personal (grocery shopping, meal prep, etc.) Crossing things off of a to-do list helps me feel productive.
Also, making both daily and monthly to-do lists for assignments, projects and tests helps me figure out how much time I need to spend doing work for each of my classes.