Ways to have a more productive weekly routine

In past blog posts, we’ve established how important it is to have a routine in our lives, but what often gets overlooked is how to actively do so. According to a study By the University of California, you need at least half an hour to refocus after being interrupted during a task. With today’s out of the ordinary work and study environments this may not be possible and this is just the beginning.

Let’s work towards a more productive day and over all week by incorporating some new tips, tricks, and ways to have a less procrastinated and more productive weekly routine. Right off the bat, here are some quick ways for a more productive week ahead:

  1. Start your day off on the right foot.

The start of your day is much bigger than you may realize. Researchers at the University of Bristol have found that people who exercise during the workday have more energy and a more positive outlook, leading to many suggesting to workout first thing in the morning. And while this is a wonderful idea, this may not fit or appeal to everyone. that doesn’t mean that you must exercise first thing in the morning. You should do what fits you and your life best, opting in for exercising or starting your day off properly by creating a morning routine, as well as making your goals known for the day in the morning. It is also important to note that you should limit your screen time until breakfast so you won’t feel overwhelmed or lose focus right off the bat. 

  1. Hold yourself accountable throughout the day.

Make yourself a to-do list and monitor your progress throughout the day. If necessary, build a reward system for yourself. This should push you to avoid procrastinating or multitasking in order to complete things. This can also introduce organization and allow you to see the scope of the day.

  1. Be more open to say no I’m being realistic with yourself.

More often than not, we over-promise or over-expect, which can lead to stress, burnout, and even depression. To prevent this, learn to say no and other phrases such as “I’m sorry I won’t be able to” or “I’m busy at the moment, maybe ___?” 

  1. Refrain from multitasking.

 The biggest misconception regarding productivity is multitasking. Focusing on more than one thing at a time can actually cause you to be less productive, opening room for error and half hazard final products. Researchers at Stanford University have even confirmed this, stating that those who are regularly bombarded with several streams of electronic information cannot pay attention, recall information, or switch from one job to another as well as those who completely devote to one task at a time.

I hope that with these Newfound tips you can have a more productive weekly routine. If you’re ultimately stuck in a rut and would like to seek even more help, please view and read on the academic resources below.

Resources: “Effects of Individual differences in blocking workplace distractions” by University of California Mircosoft Research

“Top 10 ways for a productive week” by Juri

“11 tweaks to your daily routine will make your day more productive” by Travis Bradberry

“3 ways to boost productivity with a morning ritual” by Harvard professional development

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