Hello, loves! If you’ve been keeping up with my recent posts (or lack thereof) and social media, you know I’ve been struggling to find my groove in this newfound lifestyle called adulthood. Well, today I decided enough is enough. I need to actually get productive. I’m tired of twiddling my thumbs thinking, “Wow, I wish I felt like being productive. But I don’t. So, I won’t. I’ll figure out a system eventually.”
I’m not okay with that mentality. Those of you who know me, know that has never been my mentality. So, why am I okay with it now?
Answer: I’m not.
I miss the productive Lauren. The one who was known as that girl who would always be on top of things and overly prepared. The one who never put things off until the last minute. Who made lists on lists on lists and always completed them in a timely manner.
Seriously though, one week before grad school started everyone was saying that I was going to be the one to remind everyone of deadlines and finish projects first. I’m pretty sure my current coworkers think I’m insane for the amount of preparation I do for one meeting or the amount of charts I’ve already made in my one month of employment. –I’m looking at you, Alex 🙂
Recently, I’ve become the slacker version of Lauren. Whenever I’m not in a productive mood, I blame my autoimmune disease and I hate it. I have writer’s block? I must be tired and I’m scared of relapse so I guess I should sleep. Don’t feel like working out? It’s okay, I don’t want to overdo it and relapse. And while those are valid points and I do need to take care of myself and rest when my body tells me to…
I’m sick of tip-toeing around my fear of relapse! That’s no way to live!
Of course, I do need to keep the possibility of relapse in mind. I don’t need to start pulling all-nighters or trying to become a body builder overnight. Don’t worry, Mom. 🙂 I’ll also find a way to manage my stress levels (seriously, I stress over the tiniest stuff). Look out for a blog post about that soon.
What I need to do is quit watching so much Netflix and use my spare time wisely. Instead, I’ll write new blog posts, promote my social media, workout, visit with friends, explore – do all the things I keep saying I’m going to do and inevitably put off because I need to “rest.”
I can write and rest. Or read and rest. Or see a show and rest. The list goes on. I don’t need to watch Netflix in order to rest.
So, onto the point of this blog post –
PRODUCTIVITY (and a playlist).
I don’t know about y’all but when I’m in the zone I can really get a lot done. The problem is getting into said “zone.” What I’ve found helps me the most is a good playlist.
Side note: I actually wanted to name this playlist “Get in the Zone: Your Ultimate Productivity Playlist.” BUT then all I could think of was the AutoZone commercials…so that killed it.
Now, this playlist is a delicate balance and changes frequently. Being a singer and all, I get easily distracted if I can sing along. When I’m reading or writing, I need complete silence. But I have to get pumped up before I sit quietly – otherwise I’ll just be sleepy.
What’s my solution, you ask?
Well, I complete a small amount of tasks while listening to this productivity playlist. It includes a few songs that I know and can sing along to and many songs that are new to me. Some have words; some don’t. I prefer to put the slower instrumental songs at the end because it helps me settle down into quiet, productive time. Makes it less abrupt than jamming to Rhianna and then sitting in silence. You know? 🙂
If there are too many songs that I can sing along to, I’ll just keep listening to music and jamming instead of actually getting work done. If there aren’t any songs I can sing to, I’ll get bored and change the playlist. Then, once again, I have the problem of singing and not working. Like I said, it’s a delicate balance. PS. I promise I’m not crazy. 🙂
So, are you ready to see the playlist? 🙂
Some of these songs are new to me. I usually create productive playlists by picking random songs based on their title. I want this post to be authentic so you will be listening to it the same way I will be – for the first time. If anything seems out of place, embrace it! It keeps you on your toes – that way you don’t drift off into a sea of similar sounding songs. That is not the way to stay awake and motivated! 🙂
Anyway, I hope you enjoy it! Maybe it will motivate you into being productive, too!
What songs would you add to this list? How do you get in a productive mood? Comment below and share!