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How to Use Pinterest to Get Productive and Stay Motivated

How to Use Pinterest to Get Productive and Stay Motivated

    What is Pinterest?

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    For many people Pinterest is the new super-addictive time-sink. You can name and create “pin boards” of whatever you like. You can pin things you find interesting, creative, beautiful, things you want to try; pretty much anything. You can also follow people and repin the things they discover; it’s well designed to suck up your time and make you unproductive. But you can make pinterest into a useful productive and motivational tool.

    Here are 4 ways to get productive with Pinterest:

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    Create boards for read later articles

    Sometimes you don’t have time to read everything you discover. Use Pinterest to bookmark the articles. One cool thing about Pinterest is that the webpage from which you pinned the picture will be directly linked. For example, we have created several boards linking to articles of various topics (e.g. http://pinterest.com/lifehack/productivity). This makes it easier to go directly to an article you have saved for later.

    Motivational boards

    We’re not always productive and sometimes we need an occasional boost to get us up and running. Keep a board with motivating, inspirational pictures. And it’s a bonus if they link to articles that help you get into the right frame of mind to kickstart your motivation.

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    To-try lists

    Have a new technique you want to try? New lifehack? New recipe? Pin it and keep it as reference for later. You can arrange your boards into different categories for the areas you want to improve (like Lifehack’s food hacks).

    Collaboration & Communication

    Pinterest allows you to have a shared board which is a great way to share ideas, link to useful articles for your team or other people to read. It becomes more than just pictures but a resourceful to pull from. You can comment on the articles on your own boards making it into a useful communication tool (like Lifehack’s communication hacks).

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    Do you have some ideas on how to use Pinterest to improve your productivity?

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    Last Updated on March 23, 2021

    Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

    Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

    One of the greatest ironies of this age is that while various gadgets like smartphones and netbooks allow you to multitask, it seems that you never manage to get things done. You are caught in the busyness trap. There’s just too much work to do in one day that sometimes you end up exhausted with half-finished tasks.

    The problem lies in how to keep our energy level high to ensure that you finish at least one of your most important tasks for the day. There’s just not enough hours in a day and it’s not possible to be productive the whole time.

    You need more than time management. You need energy management

    1. Dispel the idea that you need to be a “morning person” to be productive

    How many times have you heard (or read) this advice – wake up early so that you can do all the tasks at hand. There’s nothing wrong with that advice. It’s actually reeks of good common sense – start early, finish early. The thing is that technique alone won’t work with everyone. Especially not with people who are not morning larks.

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    I should know because I was once deluded with the idea that I will be more productive if I get out of bed by 6 a.m. Like most of you Lifehackers, I’m always on the lookout for productivity hacks because I have a lot of things in my plate. I’m working full time as an editor for a news agency, while at the same time tending to my side business as a content marketing strategist. I’m also a travel blogger and oh yeah, I forgot, I also have a life.

    I read a lot of productivity books and blogs looking for ways to make the most of my 24 hours. Most stories on productivity stress waking up early. So I did – and I was a major failure in that department – both in waking up early and finishing early.

    2. Determine your “peak hours”

    Energy management begins with looking for your most productive hours in a day. Getting attuned to your body clock won’t happen instantly but there’s a way around it.

    Monitor your working habits for one week and list down the time when you managed to do the most work. Take note also of what you feel during those hours – do you feel energized or lethargic? Monitor this and you will find a pattern later on.

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    My experiment with being a morning lark proved that ignoring my body clock and just doing it by disciplining myself to wake up before 8 a.m. will push me to be more productive. I thought that by writing blog posts and other reports in the morning that I would be finished by noon and use my lunch break for a quick gym session. That never happened. I was sleepy, distracted and couldn’t write jack before 10 a.m.

    In fact that was one experiment that I shouldn’t have tried because I should know better. After all, I’ve been writing for a living for the last 15 years, and I have observed time and again that I write more –and better – in the afternoon and in evenings after supper. I’m a night owl. I might as well, accept it and work around it.

    Just recently, I was so fired up by a certain idea that – even if I’m back home tired from work – I took out my netbook, wrote and published a 600-word blog post by 11 p.m. This is a bit extreme and one of my rare outbursts of energy, but it works for me.

    3. Block those high-energy hours

    Once you have a sense of that high-energy time, you can then mold your schedule so that your other less important tasks will be scheduled either before or after this designated productive time.

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    Block them out in your calendar and use the high-energy hours for your high priority tasks – especially those that require more of your mental energy and focus. You also need to use these hours to any task that will bring you closer to you life’s goal.

    If you are a morning person, you might want to schedule most business meetings before lunch time as it’s important to keep your mind sharp and focused. But nothing is set in stone. Sometimes you have to sacrifice those productive hours to attend to other personal stuff – like if you or your family members are sick or if you have to attend your son’s graduation.

    That said, just remember to keep those productive times on your calendar. You may allow for some exemptions but stick to that schedule as much as possible.

    There’s no right or wrong way of using this energy management technique because everything depends on your own personal circumstances. What you need to remember is that you have to accept what works for you – and not what other productivity gurus say you should do.

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    Understanding your own body clock is the key to time management. Without it, you end up exhausted chasing a never-ending cycle of tasks and frustrations.

    Featured photo credit: Collin Hardy via unsplash.com

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