Ever feel like you’re on auto-pilot? Turns out, that’s normal — up to 40% of our daily actions are powered by habits. That’s why building better habits can be life-changing in the best way. If you’re feeling particularly motivated to beef up your productivity this time of year, we’ve got some amazing pro-tips for you. We interviewed the digital team at Sparxoo, a digital marketing agency, to inquire about their top tips for staying on task. Read on for these 20 habits of highly productive people!
For Those with Furry Friends
Chelsey, Video Producer and Editor: I write down everything, so I don’t forget anything. If I ever get really bogged down, I take my dog on a 10 minute walk to clear my brain.
Mitch, Digital Marketing Manager: I start my morning with a jog to get my blood pumping and clear my head. I also put my dog in the other room to remove that distraction!
Ryan, Director of Studio Production: I feel that getting up and moving around occasionally, helps a lot. Whether it’s walking to get a coffee, going somewhere to grab lunch or playing with your dog for 10 minutes – just taking a needed breather from sitting in front of a computer screen all day helps immensely so you can come back to your work recharged.
For Those Who Love the Magic of Tidying Up
Kelsey, Manager of Digital Strategy: I like to knock out some chores to help me regain focus. I do the dishes, fold the laundry, and then sit down and do a brain dump. I’ll color code everything, get it all out of my head so I’m mentally clear to start working.
Nick, Senior Director of Digital Strategy: Whenever I have a big project to do and am having trouble getting into it, I’ll reorganize my desk and that gives me a jolt every time. It’s a fresh start and a great way to focus.
For the Music Lovers
Aaron, Lead Developer: For me, it helps to put on my headphones, blast loud music, and be locked in a box. I tell myself, ‘You’re not standing up till this is done.’
Alison, Web & Mobile Development Manager: I grab everything I would possibly need — a notebook I can write with, make a blank note-taking area on my computer, have it tangible that I can draw on, headphones on, music — so nothing can distract me, and I just go into it.
Jeff, Web & Mobile Developer: My favorite way to focus is music. I put on noise-canceling headphones and throw on a playlist.
For Peace and Quiet
Austin, Manager of Digital Strategy: I need absolutely nothing around me on. No music, dead silence, no TV or phone — I need all my notes organized. Back in college I’d go to the silent floor of the library and lock myself in a cubicle, where nobody could talk to me or look at me.
Geiza, Web & Mobile Developer: My daughter wakes up at 6 a.m. every morning, so I start early! This way, I have quiet time to work and focus before I have to take care of personal requirements.
For the Foodies
Bis, Digital Marketing Manager: I like waking up early and having a nice, filling breakfast. It’s such a great way to start the day, and starting early makes you feel like you’re seizing it!
Isley, Video Animator and Editor: I like to take an actual lunch. I don’t like to do quick lunches, I make something from scratch — pasta, or something like that. If I am being good that day, I’ll sit and eat lunch instead of working through it so I can just have that peace for that moment, and get back to my work refreshed.
For the Planners
David, CEO: When there are things on your to-do list that you’re really not looking forward to, they can linger on your mind. To combat this, every day I select three of those things and make sure they get done, so they don’t linger and stack up.
Janel, Art Director: I block time off on my calendar, and I try to be as rigid with it as possible. This way, I know exactly when I can dedicate time to a certain project, and I know everything will get done. It gives me a good schedule to follow.
Rob, President: I plan my day the night before. This greatly reduces any anxiety I might have — before my feet hit the ground, I know what I’m up against for the day.
Sarah, Content Specialist: I make to-do lists for myself. Sometimes I’ll write stuff on I’ve already done just so I can check it off. Being able to track my progress keeps me motivated.
Kaeli, Studio Designer: CROOW does make me really productive and organized. I think if I didn’t have it, I’d miss assignments and have trouble staying organized
Caitlin, Content Manager: If I’m really struggling to focus, I like a change of scenery! Whether it’s just heading outdoors to breathe some fresh air and do some writing without the lure of the internet, or heading to a coffee shop (or different room in my apartment), that little change can really help me refocus.
Jesse, Junior Video Editor: To really focus, I lock myself in a room and put on headphones to drown out distractions — but I take five minute breaks periodically to ground myself and find new energy.
Lindsey, Studio Designer: I put my phone in the other room. Removing that distraction is a huge help, and since all my colleagues use Slack and Google Meets, I really don’t need it for work!
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