downhillmomentumSummer is a few short weeks away, and it can be easy for us to lose momentum as the semester comes to a close. We all understand the importance of finishing strong, but it is not always easy to stay focused.

Even breaking things down and taking one day a time can be difficult. So how can you keep going?

Have a morning routine that gets you ready to tackle the day.

We have cited Eric Barker’s blog “Barking Up the Wrong Tree” before, and that is because it is really good. In a recent post, Eric discusses advice from top productivity experts that can help you have a productive day, even when you are having an off-day.

In his post titled “The Morning Routine Experts Recommend For Peak Productivity,” Eric lays out a five-step process that we can all use to be more productive, have more control over our days, and get more enjoyment out of our days even when we are struggling to stay focused.

The five steps are:

  1. Stop reacting – be in control of your day so you can act instead of react
  2. Decide what matters today – identify what is important
  3. Use your “magic hours” for those three things – prioritize your time
  4. Have a starting ritual – prepare yourself to get down to work
  5. Use “positive procrastination” – always get something done

My favorite piece of advice is the idea of positive procrastination, which describes those times when we accomplish a lot of things because we are avoiding one thing that we really do not want to do. An example of this is when you have a pressing deadline approaching, like a test or a presentation, but rather than study or prepare, you re-arrange all of your furniture or clean your entire room.

Eric argues that this is not a bad thing. In fact, it can be very useful in our daily lives – if we do not feel like tackling the one really big task we have for the day, we can use the motivation from avoidance to accomplish several other tasks.

You can view the full post here, and be sure to check out Barking Up the Wrong Tree for more great advice about how to get the most out of life.