Subscribe to our Mailing List

Get the news right in your inbox!

5 Tips On How To Have A More Productive Day

April 14, 2016 in Career - 2 Comments

When you are feeling overwhelmed, it is easy to also feel worried, distracted and stressed out to the point that when 5 o’clock rolls around, you didn’t accomplish all that you needed to and are left wondering where the day has gone.

If you find yourself in a never ending cycle of things you need to do, here are my five tips on how to have a more productive day.

Five Tips On How To Have A More Productive Day

1. Eliminate distractions

You know yourself best to understand the things that keep you from wanting to do your work. According to a study on distractions and productivity, 28% off a worker’s day is consumed by distractions which includes everything from being too occupied worrying about other things, to technology and chatty co-workers. Addicted to your Snapchat? Hide your phone until you complete your task(s). Can’t study at home? Find a quite spot where you can be in the zone.


2. Make a to-do list before you start working 

You never want to go into a game without a game plan. Research has shown effective time management is based on having a clear vision of your goals. Whether you make a list the evening before to prepare for the following day or right before you want to start getting some work done, first jot down everything you need to do. With something tangible that you can whip out and refer to, making a list will:

  • provide structure and order to the craziness so you know where to begin
  • help you remember your goals for the day so you won’t procrastinate
  • and give you the satisfaction of physically crossing out what you managed to complete


3. When you are ready to start working, determine what is urgent versus what is important

Perhaps you have 10 things you want to accomplish for the day. Out of those 10 things, can you identify what needs to be done right away and the things you can work on later? While all items you need to take care of might be important, they all might not be urgent. Distinguishing between the two will provide a clearer direction on how to best allocate your time and will make your day feel less hectic knowing less urgent tasks can be taken care of later.


4. Dedicate time and stick to it

It is easy to feel scattered brained when you are trying to do too many things at once. So stop. Divide and conquer your tasks into manageable time frames to accomplish more with less invest time. For example if you walk into your office and have 50 unread emails, dedicate one hour of your time to answering, sorting and saving them or answer emails in intervals such as every half hour. Once your time is up, make a note to yourself of what else is left to , (if there is anything else left to do), for that task and then move on to the next.

Allocating time and sticking to it will allow you to accomplish more throughout your day because you’ll be able to focus more intently at the task, with the mind set of trying to complete as much as possible because of the deadlines you set for yourself.


5. Schedule breaks

As much as you want to knock everything off your to-do list, an over worked brain won’t accomplish much if you can’t focus, are feeling irritable and fatigued. If you feel any of these things are starting to creep up on you as you work, step away and take a break. Research has shown that taking scheduled breaks will allow you to return to work even more focused since it gives you a chance to clear your mind, de-stress, and calm down. And when you are not thinking so hard about all the things left to do, taking a break might even spark new ideas as you let go of the stress that is clouding your brain to make move for clarity.


What other tips do you find help you focus? How do you best maximize your time? Share your thoughts below!

Katrina H.

Katrina is a 20-year-old something goal-digging career girl with a passion for helping millennials navigate the career world and helping entrepreneurs grow their business through digital story telling.

All posts


  • Alexis January 6, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    Thank you so much for the tips. They are very helpful xo

    • Katrina H. January 8, 2018 at 10:56 am

      You are most welcome Alexis! Thanks for reading

    Leave a Reply

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    About Me

    About Me

    Why, hello there!

    A social butterfly, I am energerized by helping others discover what fuels their fire.


    Subscribe & Follow

    Never Miss A New Post!

    Subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

    Popular topics


    • Here’s the thing: “Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” In our darkest moments, we may seek support, advice, and validation from others to help overcome our own self-doubt. But there will be times where there will be no one you can turn to, rely on, or count on except for YOURSELF.

And as difficult as that may be, there’s real power in betting on yourself.

Swipe right if you want to know
✨why you’re capable
✨why you’re a stronger thank you think
✨why you’re a queen

#alongcamekatrina #sheeo #harnessmagazine #radicalselflove #blackgirlmagic #shemeansbusiness #curlygirlmethod #9tothrive #jobadvice #careercoach #createyourlife #glitterguide #myeverydaymagic #howyouglow #womenwithambition
    • 🍷Wine country: Livermore 🍷
#ThrowbackThursday: Sometimes a staycation is what you need. Since I wasn’t home for New Years, my bf planned a mini weekend getaway for us the following week.

An hour outside of SF, we found ourselves at @thepurpleorchid . It was quiet, private, romantic, and the hospitality was top-notch. You are treated like family here 💕
On top of that, they sell THE BEST DAMN OLIVE OIL I’ve had!

We spent the weekend exploring the wineries and Downtown Livermore.
We can’t wait to be back once everything is back to normal 🍷
#alongcamekatrina #wineaboutit
#youcansipwithus #goodwine
#sommlife #sommelierlife #sommeliers #wineexperience #womenwhowine
#livermore #livermorewinecountry #womenwhodrinkwine #lessworkmorelife #purpleorchid
    • 💐Bloom where you’re planted💐
The upside to shelter-in and being jobless is taking time to enjoy the little things that exist in our own backyard.
And in my backyard, I found these beautiful tendrils of flowers blooming despite all the shit that’s happening in the world.
Even though I lost my job, I’m slowly learning to bloom where I’m planted, to make the best out the situation, and to find beauty in the everyday. Because clearly it’s possible. ⠀⠀
With that being said, I’ve got some exciting news to share. Stay tuned!
How do you find the strength to bloom where you’re planted? Let me know in the comments below 🌸
#alongcamekatrina #colourofnature #ihavethisthingwithflorals #lavendar #careergirl #girlwithaplan #womenintech #progressoverperfection #lessworkmorelife #lovetheprocess #inspiresomeobe #youarecapable #doitanyway #courageovercomfort #theuniversehasyourback #sheeo #purposefullife
    • Okay, you’re passionate. And?

Don’t get me wrong. It’s good to be passionate. But passion only gets you so far.

I got the opportunity to share my story with @boldandbrilliantlife about how I made my career switch from localization into events/marketing in the tech industry and the question about “finding your passion” came up.

The truth is this: a prerequisite to finding your passion is understanding what you’re committed to doing.

At the end of the day, what you need to be able to answer is are you COMMITTED to putting in the hard work to fulfill your passion? If not, what’s passion without a purpose?

Read my full interview about what it takes to jump ship and follow your passions. Story in bio

So, what are you committed to? ✨

#alongcamekatrina #boldandbrilliantlife #careerswitcher #createcultivate #sheeo #createlounge #courageouscreative #bosswoman #thebossbabesociete #9tothrive #hustlewithease #hersuccess #dreamersandoers #empowerher #hustleandheart
    • 🔮YES, YOU CAN🔮
Whoever needs to hear this, trust YOURSELF enough to know that YOU CAN do whatever it is you set your mind to.
I challenge you to get out of your own way.
Because you can. And more importantly, I know you will. 
#alongcamekatrina #polymerclayearrings #polymerclayartist #raiseyourvibration #makeupandwakeup #fiercesociety #playbeautifully #youaremagic #mermaidvibes
    • Lost your job or internship to #covid19? 
S T A Y 🌟T H E 🌟 C O U R S E
Last week when I was informed my position was impacted by #coronavirsus I immediately reached out to my friends and reached for a bottle of @obviouswines rose😅
With everything that’s happening in the world, there really is no right way to feel.
After spending a week collecting myself, I’m finally sharing what I went through and 3 tips on how YOU can (trust me, you can) stay the course if your job or internship was a casualty of #coronavirus.
Give it a read and share your thoughts. Link in bio 💌
#alongcamekatrina #jobsearch #careeradvice #careergosld #careercoach #careercoach #jobadvice #jobsearch #femalehustler #entrepreneurher #createyourhappy #mindovermatter #setgoalsnotlimits #selflovecoach #thatsdarling #reclaimthehappy #raiseyourvibration #yeswayrose #wineaboutit #eatersf #drinkpink #youcansipwithus #alwayssf #obviouswines #simplyrose

    Follow Along

    Twitter Feed