Devin Brooks

Productivity is something that we all want to GET BETTER AT.

Wouldn't it be great if you could all get your projects done faster, be more efficient with your time?

You can. It's all about preparation and intention.

Read on for five ways to cultivate a huge boost in your productivity. As always, make sure to subscribe to my monthly newsletter for updates on content like this, join me on social media + share this post if you found it helpful.

Here we go!


1. study your calendar + make intentions

One of the best thing's you can do before bed is to take a quick glance at your calendar. Let me tell you, there's a huge difference between when I do and do not study my to-do list beforehand. When I make a mental note of the things I need to accomplish the next, I wake up the next morning with them fresh in my mind.

A coincidence? I don't think so.

This is because not only do I make sure I know what I've written down needs to be accomplished, but I also turn these tasks into intentions. You've already made the decision to commit to some actions by writing them down, but there's a final small step between what you see on paper and what you tell your body you're going to accomplish.

It's really simple: lock in your tasks for tomorrow as an inevitability. Better yet, I read somewhere (can't remember, sorry) that you should practice saying your to-do list as tasks that have already been accomplished. This strengthens your resolve even more.

I would also keep a notepad and a pen by your bed at all times for those pop-up thoughts that tend to happen when you're mapping out your tasks for the next day.


2. Block ouT your time

It's important that you schedule out how much time you think, or will allow, each task to be accomplished. This is a primary driver in my work, especially for tasks I don't want to do, or for things that I find myself easily distracted from.

Let's say your a blogger (welcome). Keeping up with blog posts can be tough, but taking the time to block out a specific time during each day to carve out a new post can be the difference between success and bust. When you time block, you are committing, just like your to-do-list, to achievements each and every day.

When time blocking, you can simply scribble a time range next to each task, or create a visual aid (here's three time blocking apps).

Here you might have to make some adjustments. Time blocking will tell you whether or not you might need to move some tasks to the day after. That's fine. Prioritize based on importance and your own precious sanity.


3. Prep your workspaces

Speaking of time blocking: to maximize this prep work, make sure your work spaces are prepped ahead of time as well. If you start your work with a cluttered or unorganized workspace, that cuts into the time you need to be productive.

Here's three huge prep tips: 1. lay out only the documents and tools you need to complete your project (and make sure they're charged), 2. have your focus tools ready (noise canceling headphones, playlist, etc.), 3. bring snacks.

Let me mentions this again, in case you missed it: only prep the things you need for your project. Move everything else aside. Hide if if you have to. You want to come into your workspace guns loaded and solely focused on the task at hand.

Better than just your workspace? Prep everything the night before. Lunch, outfits, etc. The easier you make everything else, the more energy you can spend focusing on the task at hand.


4. start something already

I'm guilty of working right up until I fall asleep (don't do that). While this is a terrible habit, I started to notice something over time. Ongoing projects that I would start the night before would be fresh in my mind when I woke up. I could dive right back in fully recharged and often full of new ideas.

I'm pretty damn sure when you start something that you plan on working on the next day, even if it's only for ten minutes or so, your brain latches on and works on it while you sleep. This could totally be related to incubation. Whatever it is, it works.

It doesn't have to be a huge block of time you devote to a task. Set aside ten minutes or so before you end work for the day to start on something you plan on focusing tomorrow. 

and finally...


5. relax, bruh

Let go of the day's stress. If you carry it into bed with you, it'll keep you up all night, leave you unrested, and probably make you cranky and exhausted in the morning.

Use your favorite nighttime rituals, such as meditation or listening to music, to let it go. Stress does not a good bedfellow make.


How do you stay productive? Let me know in the comments!



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