Productivity Strategies & Apps
So before talking about being productive, I want to stress and center the importance of taking care of yourself. You can't write 15 pages in a day while hungry, you can't read your mountain of articles when you've had less than 6-8 hours of sleep a day (despite you thinking that might work). As I've learned over and over again, the adrenaline makes me feel like I can "do" anything, but in reality, taking care of yourself, physically, mentally, in community, and checking in with your spirit, is critically necessary. With that in mind, here are three strategies I've used to stay productive:
Ultimately, what this strategy helps me with is (1) taking breaks because breaks are necessary, and (2) helping me realize that the things that seem urgent aren't always urgent. Often times, I'll convince myself that I have to answer this text right away, or I have to check my email right this second, as a way to avoid doing the work that needs to get done. While I've adapted Pomodoro to not necessarily be the 25:5 breakdown, the mentality has helped me rewire my concentration.
Ultimately, this is about creating boundaries and listening to when your body works best, with the flexibility it might not be the same time every day. On some days, I'll actually do a "Morning" and "Late Night" and I have no idea what I did in between. But that doesn't matter because I wasn't meant to do work then, so I didn't. And with Covid19 and everything else going on, this has been a way to give myself some flexibility and some grace.
To say that I am a fan, is definitely a huge understatement. And I have to say, this really is one of my favorite apps because of how my community and I use it together. We plant together, we cheer each other on as we see people having great "planting days." I also code my trees, which has helped with my accountability, where the "mushrooms" (one of the tree species) is for my dissertation (diss-shrooms, if you will). So, even if I'm planting a lot on a certain day, my community knows that if there are no diss-shrooms, I am not on task. And then they'll text. It's both wonderful and hilarious and gentle way to remind me to not get sidetracked, as I am so often tempted to do~
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