For the past 2 months, the whole world has been experiencing something different than it has before. Millions of people have had to social distance and stay inside their homes for longer than anyone ever thought in the beginning. Many countries and states are or already have opened up again, but others have not done so yet.
With the stress of the coronavirus, loss of personal connection with our friends and family, and temptation to become lazy, it’s easy to lose touch with the importance of productivity and creativity. For the past few months, I have been introducing things into my life that have helped boost my productivity and creativity every day! These are all very basic things that have ended up making a big impact on my life, and I hope they do for you too.
I declutter and clean my bedroom
I’m going to be honest; some days, the rest of my bedroom goes untouched; but I believe it’s important to have a clean workspace and a clean chill space. In my case, on my bed or the floor near my bed is where I do both.
Having a clean space can brighten up your mood, inspire you to work harder or longer, and overall make you a more productive person because of the way it gives you a breath of fresh air and can make you feel more in control of your day.
I make a checklist for each new day.
Checklists aren’t for everyone, but they can help increase how much or what you get done in a day. Being able to see everything you want to accomplish laid out in front of you can help encourage you to get those things done. The satisfying feeling of checking off a box can give you fresh motivation to get the next thing done.
This can slightly tie in with decluttering in the sense that it can make you feel more like you’re in control of your day. Having a messy workspace or an unclear/cluttered view of what you want to accomplish can make you feel like the day isn’t yours to claim. The longer you feel that way, the more your time slips between your fingers, making it easier for you to lie idle instead of working efficiently.
I do some form of physical exercise.
Exercise is not only good for the body, but good for the mind and soul. Physical activity releases feel-good endorphins to your brain, which can help improve your mood, therefore improving your productivity, creativity, and will to get things done.
Depression, stress, and low confidence affects your productivity and creativity greatly. When I was struggling with a lot of depression, I could barely get anything done, and I wasn’t able to express myself through my creative abilities for almost a year. Although exercise is not a fix for depression, stress, or low confidence, starting my day with releasing those feel-good endorphins put me in a much better place right off the bat, so I had more energy and drive to get the things that I needed to get done that day.
I stay away from the media as much as possible.
The media can be helpful to keep up to date on current events, but sometimes the news can be full of lies and be discouraging. In my house, the news used to play on the TV in the background, every morning and evening. All I ended up doing was ingesting depressing, stressful, or false news into my head that would later cause me to feel sad, upset, and hopeless, which would stunt my productivity.
It is important to stay updated on what’s going on in the world, which is why I try to stay updated on announcements from my governor, president, updates concerning the coronavirus lockdown around the country, and upcoming elections. Sometimes, though, that is all we need. Staying updated doesn’t mean we have to be consuming hundreds of hours of information each much that could end up causing more harm than good.
Sometimes, at the end of the day, it’s the smallest and simplest things that can keep us productive and our creative wells flowing. Being in quarantine doesn’t mean we have to put our lives on pause, and we shouldn’t have to! Let’s hope that these tips can help you boost the parts of your day that you need to.
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Writer: I'm Anika; a teen creative on a mission to inspire and encourage other people like myself. I’ve developed a passion for and learned to express myself through many things, including writing, design, music, and photography. I hope that using these passions I can be a light to the world and to others’ hearts.