My top 5 tips for being productive during isolation

Hello World πŸ’œ

Welcome back to my blog! I’ll be honest I’ve kind of lost track on the amount of days it has been since the British Government implemented the lockdown procedures, what I do know is that it has been over a month since I had my last McDonalds and the struggle is REAL!

With us being in doors, unless we have to pick up groceries or to see the doctor and so forth, it can be pretty difficult to stay productive and to even keep our minds active when the majority of the time – in my perspective – I’m in my pajamas, with super greasy hair, food stains on my shirt as well as having bleary eyes from playing Animal Crossing on my Nintendo Switch and also streaming so much Netflix and Disney+ on a daily basis. From going from a 5 day working week to have a 7 day nothing werk is a drastic change and it can be difficult to get yourself out of that perpetual funk of nothingness. Which is why three weeks ago I decided to make an active change in my mindset and attitude because what I was actually doing just wasn’t healthy, especially for my Mental Health. I’ll be honest I haven’t yet perfected productivity, I am a work in progress because I am a human after all – but what I do want to share is a few tips from my own struggles of which I have been able to make small changes for that long term productivity goal.

Even though coronavirus can control our physical selves, it doesn’t mean it can control our mental wellbeing or even our personal aims for where we want to be once the lockdown is lifted. So check out my tips below, if you have any tips that have helped you, make sure to leave a comment below so we can all support each other πŸ’œ

NUMBER 1) BULLET JOURNAL

When I was a kid I always wanted to be that child who had the diary and was able to plan their days with a dairy and to even be reflective on what happened on a daily basis. Yeah that didn’t happened. Why? Because I always got bored after a few days, especially if not exciting was happening in my life, and if I was to forget to write stuff down for that day? It would just mess up the entire diary and I’d just throw the entire thing in the bin. However when it comes to being productive in lockdown, I’ve found that using a bullet journal has actually helped me to plan out my days by doing small tasks each day, instead of doing nothing but watching Disney+ and binging on Pringles.

Sidenote: I’ve done a tad too much in lockdown πŸ˜…

I’ve only recently started using a bullet journal – almost a month – and I’ve actually really enjoyed it, I spend only about half an hour every Sunday evening planning out my week, using my stickers and listing a couple of tasks I plan to do each day and If I have to adapt at any point I can do so during the week. My journal in particular focuses on weekly goals, for example a goal I’ve had is at the moment to increase my Pinterest Engagement. And if the engagement increases by the end of the week based on my Pins and so forth I can give myself a reward. This motivation has definitely improved my productivity especially with the competition element of reaching my goals. In addition at the end of the week I can also reflect on what my positive weekly outcomes have been and also what I need to do next to improve.

And as a teacher, I love this because I feel like one of my students having to complete their EBIs and WWWs when they receiving their assessment feedback.

If you don’t have a bullet journal, I would suggest giving it a go – this is the link to the one I purchased as well as a link to an article in how to complete your journal on a weekly basis, I’ll be honest, without my journal I wouldn’t of been as productive as I have been with my blog, and since starting journalling my Pinterest engagement STATS have TRIPPLED! As in, I’m now getting thousands of views compared to a few hundred per month!

NUMBER 2) GET WASHED AND DRESSED

I’m going to be completely honest, this is something I do actually struggle with on a daily basis since being in lockdown. Before, I would shower everyday and get dressed ready for work or to do activities on the weekend and so forth – but because I’ve been furloughed and not needed at my job, so I’ve been stuck at home with nowhere to go and such so it definitely has been difficult to try and find the motivation to get ready once I’ve woken up especially if I don’t leave my bed until about midday.

I’ve found that I’m more likely to properly get washed and dressed every two days – so yes that means I probably do stink for half of the days of the week but at least its a start! Compared to the start of the lockdown when I didn’t wash for two weeks, I’m certaintly becoming more productive in terms of basic hygiene – I’ve also found that the days when I actually am most productive and able to get my blogs drafted and to even complete online training are the days when I do get washed and dressed.

I think its more of a mindset, cleansing your body enables you to cleanse the mind.

NUMBER 3) TO-DO LISTS

This is kind of linked to my bullet journal, but having a simple daily to-do list can really help to keep yourself productive, you can either have the to-do list in your journal, on a post-it note or even on an actual to-do list pad.

I tend to keep my to-do list on my dressing table, I list about 3 or 4 things I want to do on that particular day and once the item has been completed I can cross it off my list and when the entire list is completed I get such a rush of adrenaline when scrunching up the list – like a giant stomping around and crushing trees and such.

NUMBER 4) REWARD YOURSELF

Even in a lockdown, you still deserve rewards and to be able to treat yourself. This could be watching that movie that you’ve always wanted to see but never had the chance to, ordering that greasy takeaway or even giving yourself a mani-pedi and skin treatment facial. In my opinion, everyone that follows the social distancing advice and stays home all deserve a weekly treat because we are doing everything we can to prevent the spreading of this deathly virus.

NUMBER 5) A CAREER CHANGE?

Being in lockdown can be a wonderful time to consider what and where you actually want to be once these restrictions are eventually lifted. If you’ve previously been unhappy with your career, use the time you have now to do research in a field that does pique your interest and if it seems viable? You should give yourself the opportunity to improve your life and the lives of those around you. The Open University has thousands of free online courses that are linked to a variety of their foundation, bachelor, masters and even PHD degrees – have a look at these courses, have a go at completing some of these as well, it doesn’t cost a thing and we all deserve to have as much knowledge as possible.

Those are my 5 tips for staying productive during COVID-19 lockdown, its ok to work on you whilst still being safe and staying indoors.

Love, Leo

4 comments

  1. Looks like we have some of the same ideas! I love starting with a list of 3-5 priority tasks (especially with the blog or I go totally ADD and get nothing constructive done) each day. If I get more done, great. If I only get 3-5 things done I know I got the most important ones done. I need to prioritize Pinterest again. I got so far with it and then gave up for a month while I focused on my school kid being at home. It tanked. I’m at 30% of what I was there now. It is definitely a job in itself, but it definitely pays off!

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  2. I love bullet journals! I think I need to adapt mine a bit though. I always lose interest in it after a week or so after I set it up for the month. I just don’t necessarily plan a whole lot. So maybe I can use it for small tasks and journaling possibly. We will see. Do you have pictures of your bullet journal?

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  3. I’ve always been the same with journals! I start off strong then gradually lose interest. I think now that I have the time for it I’ll try again though. I never realised Open Uni did free courses! I’ll have to go check it out!

    Thanks for the post πŸ™‚

    Em x

    http://www.emsworldblog.com

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  4. Some great tips here, thank you. And thank you for the link on the bullet journal as well, I keep meaning to try and start one properly and never quite get into it.

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