How to be super productive, and be more effective.

by Onyinye Ogbuka
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Are you like me? Unproductive as ever and you feel so irresistible and sorry for yourself. You don’t even know what the hell you can do. I will show you how I went from being unproductive to being badass at being productive. How to be super productive.

I work from home and it’s just so annoying that I have a lot of things to do on my to-do list. I never seem to finish off anyone of them. 

I was always sad even before the day began, I knew I was not going to finish my task. I would work all day and I would not finish anything. Soon, it started affecting my job. I was always attempting to meet up and I was always feeling low.

I slipped into depression and that was when I knew I had to get checked. I found Mildstrings online and I was recommended a therapist at a very affordable price. I started seeing the therapist and that was when I realized I was the architect of my problem.

My therapist gave me some actionable tips that would not just help me be productive but also be super productive.

  1. Find the best time to take on a mentally challenging task. I am a morning person; I wake up early. In the morning, I am more mentally alert, and sharper at processing information and responding accordingly. As such, my career should come first early in the morning. I use my mornings to do all the hard work. You can be an evening person or an afternoon person. Just make sure you find what time of the day works best for you and schedule your hardest task to that time.
  2. Stay off social media: This one was a tad difficult but I was able to pull it off. I backslid several times but my therapist kept encouraging me. I stopped checking in on social media early in the morning. I don’t want to waste my mental capital on something as unproductive as mindless scrolling on social media. I gave myself a time frame for social media and that is just to check my work messages, the maximum amount of time that should be spent early in the morning on social media is 15 minutes and so far it has been working great for me.
  3.  Don’t put too many things on your to-do list; I was guilty of this but I stopped.  Based on my therapist’s advice, I kept my to-do list to a maximum of seven to ten and it has been really helpful. Each time I tick a task off my list, there is this feeling of joy and fulfilment. I am now badass at achieving my daily goals.
  4. Don’t engage in activities that waste time. Chores take a lot of my time. I could afford it so I got someone who could come in to clean twice a week and I make sure to make all my meals on a free day and stock the inside the freezer.
  5. Take breaks: when I feel bogged down. I time myself and take a break. When I come back to work after a break. I feel better and can focus more on the work at hand.
  6.  Multitask:It sounded impossible when she mentioned it. It felt like it would distract me but it did not. For example, I call family and friends while working so while I am on the phone with my aunty just to check up on her. I am on the laptop doing some work and I usually schedule my calls for the afternoon or evening time. My mornings are sacred for work.
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So far, I don’t regret the journey. I am so productive and organized. Even my higher-ups commend me for executing way before the deadline. I have more control over my time and I am so happy about that. The therapist at Mildstrings is a god-sent.

How can I be super productive?

  • Find the best time to take on a mentally challenging task.
  • Stay off social media.
  • Don’t put too many things on your to-do list.
  • Don’t engage in activities that waste time
  • Take breaks
  • Multitask

How can I be super productive at home?

  • Create a workspace or workstation in your home.
  • Set a timer
  • Give yourself work hours.
  • Avoid or turn off distractions.
  • Have a do list

What is the secret to being productive?

Making a decision to be more productive, outlining ways in which you can be more productive, following through on those ways and not giving up.

What do super productive people do?

They don’t waste time on things that don’t matter

They prioritize their time.

They make sure to be focused

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