5 Productivity Hacks for the Busy Millennial

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This article is written by Samantha Olivier.

Okay, so you’ve mastered the art of walking, talking, and texting at the same time, you’ve got a degree in whipping up five-minute meals, and your black belt in getting dressed while you stumble around the house sleepily in the morning is a skill coveted by all. Yet, despite this, you’re still always rushing, always chaotic, always irritable because people are annoying, and you’re stressed. For the sake of keeping you from going on a gleeful murder spree, let’s put that knife away and talk about some super useful hacks that will make you the productive ninja you’ve always dreamed of being.

Use bullet journals

Who on earth uses a pen and paper journal in this day and age? Cool people, that’s who. Writing things down has some pretty great benefits, one of them being that you’re less likely to forget something you put down in your own handwriting. Use bullet journals to make plans, schedules, and priority lists. Have a priority list for every day, and jot down tasks that need to be finished as soon as possible. Stick to that list, and simply cross out the things you accomplish. Pen and paper are so great because they don’t provide any distractions. You can’t check your social media or email while you’re using them, not to mention the fact that they can help you organize everything from work, to chores, to social obligations. They also let you get creative and draw, decorate, and doodle.

Stay focused with music and sounds

When you’ve got some boring work ahead of you, the hardest thing is to actually get started. You want to find a way to enter that zen-like state where you’re focused on finishing the task, and music can be of great help in that regard. Of course, you’ve got to pick the right soundtrack for this, because dance and pop hits will only make you want to get up and do anything other than your actual job. Those majestic Hans Zimmer, Ennio Morricone, and John Williams movie soundtracks are the perfect pick. Music too distracting? Try Ambient Mixer and listen to scribbling quills, low murmurs, fire crackling, or the sound of rain pattering outside. Our recommendation: the Hogwarts Library.

Use templates

If you constantly send emails or generally write things over and over again, save your time by using templates. Business correspondence really doesn’t need to be creative, it merely needs to be quick, to the point, and easy to read. The same goes for Excel spreadsheets and your regular reports.

Quick and easy ways to work out

Working out is one of the best ways to nurture our health, and if we do it regularly it can actually give us more energy and make us more productive. If you’re short on time, apps like Seven can really help, or maybe getting a treadmill or a stationary bike, because they are really easy to use. You really don’t have to go to the gym to stay fit, all you need is a few quality gym outfits to prevent injury, maybe a set of dumbbells, and a workout plan that suits your fitness levels.

Schedule breaks

Take breaks at specific times during the day, and make sure they are spaced out so you have a lot of mini breaks rather than just one large one. Don’t skip the time you have assigned for a break, and you’ll learn how to use your time better. You can practice five-minute meditation if you like, where you just go to a quiet corner, close your eyes and breathe deeply to relax and refocus. Talk to your co-workers, go make a mug of hot coffee, grab a small bite, whatever makes you feel good. Avoid constantly checking social media, because you’ll get easily distracted, and you will have done nothing useful.

Being productive mostly boils down to being organized. If you know how to handle your time and stick to a self-made schedule, you’ll be surprised at just how much you can accomplish in a day. That rush of panic and anxiety is a common thing among millennials, but it can totally be avoided with some clever time management. Basically, relax, make a list of things you have to get done, and stay flexible enough to allow for momentary changes and unforeseen circumstances.

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  • Courtney Hardy

    These are really good tips. I personally use music and podcasts to help me stay focused, and it really helps.
    http://sugarcoatedbears.blogspot.com/

  • meghan

    I love this. These are such great tips. Thanks for sharing!
    xo, Meghan | http://tanlinesanddaisies.com/

  • I love these tips!! Bullet journaling is my fave! 🙂

    Katherine | http://www.oneswainkycouple.com

  • Isabelle Skoog

    Bullet journals are a must have for me nowadays! I’m literally studying 4 semesters in just one semester which means a crazy amount of studies, and then there’s social life and social medias with collabs and such..

    HUgs, http://nouw.com/bellss

    • Bullet journal is such a good way to keep on top of things!

  • I love the tips here I am so bad at taking breaks it seems not enough hours in a day but you are right it is so important. Thanks for sharing this post. Have a lovely day. xoxo Cris
    https://photosbycris.blogspot.com.au/2017/11/the-jewel-of-gold-coast.html

    • Me too! I should set a timer for them!

  • Love these tips! very similar to a post I just wrote about balancing multiple passions =o) exercise is key!

    https://dreamofadventures.com/

  • I agree with the movie soundtracks. I just can’t listen music with singing when I’m trying to be productive and I can’t do anything without music playing in the background. So! Movie soundtracks are the perfect solution.

    Heidi ✨ | Heidi’s Planner

  • Katarina

    Wonderful tips!
    Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    https://kathydelight.blogspot.rs/

  • Mattie

    Such good tips! Thanks for sharing! Will definitely be trying these out 🙂

  • Kiri Yanchenko

    I have to have lots of notebooks with to do lists so I can prioritise everything I have to do in a day. I also think taking breaks is a MUST if you want to make sure you have the energy to get everything done.
    Kiri
    Set to Glow
    http://www.settoglow.com.au

    • I have so many notebooks, it’s crazy!

  • I love those tips! especially the workouts x

    Hadas | The Fashion Matters- Luxury travel and fashion blog

  • As usual very interesting, dear! Thanks a lot for sharing)

  • Mandy Baker

    I am a huge list person! There is something about drawing a line through something to make you feel accomplished!

  • Kate

    I completely agree about the hand-written to do list. I can’t function without one! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

    • I prefer hand written as well!

  • Adele Miner

    Reading this couldn’t have come at a better time.. I am so so busy lately and will be for the next few months so I will be keeping all of these tips in mind! You have a lovely blog here by the way, well done on all your hard work with it.. it completely shows! x

    adelelydia.blogspot.com

    • Thank you so much Adele! I really appreciate it!

  • Maria Muting

    Scheduling breaks and listening to music are key for me when working! It helps keep me sane and the music helps to block out the noise and everything else I’m thinking about!

    • Me to! Thanks for stopping by Maria!

  • Thank you!

  • Kali

    So many great tips! Love the one about using templates. Such a time saver!

  • Great tips, happy to say that I use a couple! I use a Panda Planner (not a bullet journal, but some of the same ideas) and I take breaks through the Pomodoro method– always helps me get things done!

    http://www.dafrastar.com

    • I’ll have to look up that method!

  • Almari Santos

    I’m hooked with bullet journal as well. Makes it easy to keep track of my activities. Less miss out, less stress. Awesome tips, btw! 🙂

    Almari Writes. ❤

  • Mes Voyages à Paris

    Amazing tips dear! Completely agree!! Thanks for sharing!!
    xx
    Mónica Sors
    MES VOYAGES À PARIS
    NEW POST: CORDUROY PANTS | SANTA MONICA PIER

  • AKNOWLESWORLD

    Love this! I just bought a journal because my iphone notifications were starting to drive me crazy lol!
    ebonyknowles.com

    • Sometimes a piece of paper is so much better!

  • Awesome read dear, and I couldnt agree more. Taking breaks can actually make a person become more productive, as one can really re-energize his/her mind by taking a step back from work.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    • Taking breaks is a must for me!

  • Thanks Sophi!