In Lists on
February 25, 2017

5 Productivity Tips That Will Actually Make You Happy

Because your productivity has nothing to do with your value as a human.


I’ve always been fascinated by productivity. Who doesn’t want to get more done in less time?

But, with the Internet screaming at you about hustling and getting sh*t done, I’ll be the first to admit that the ~pressure~ to be productive can be overwhelming at times. That’s why I’ve been trying to take a more holistic approach to productivity and guess what? It works!

Here are five productivity tips that will help get you get things done *and* feel happy in the process. Because being frustrated behind a screen is so 2016.


Send one email a day to someone new

I’m all about this rule. One email a day sounds totally achievable, right? Right! Because it absolutely is. The idea is simple: reaching out to people creates contacts and contacts create opportunities. I’m also a firm believer in the law of attraction — the energy you put out there manifests itself. So start having some fun in your inbox — just one email a day pays dividends.

Create a ‘done’ list

There’s a time and a place for to-do lists, sure. But allow me to introduce you to a done list. The concept is simple: every time you do something — anything — useful, add it to your done list. Each addition will give you a little endorphin hit and, once you finish up for the day, you’ll be able to see everything you’ve done, rather than everything you haven’t. It’s pretty impossible to feel unproductive when all of your hard work is staring back at you. Positivity, found.

Stop complaining about time

“I wish I had more time!” “I’m way too busy” “I don’t have time for that”. Sound familiar? I thought so. Your relationship with time is like any other — you need to work on it. Challenge yourself to a whole day without once complaining about time — mentally or verbally. You’ll be amazed at the results. When you stop fretting over time, it starts working in your favour. Reminder: Time is on your side.

Go offline after 25 minutes

I never spend more than 25 minutes online at any given time. Even if I’m just chilling at home, my morning will be 25 minutes on the Internet, 25 minutes reading or moving my body, repeat. Why? Well, because my best ideas appear while I’m AWAY from the screen. Plus, it’s better to be itching to get back to my blog than sat in front of a blank page. Consider it a creative take on the Pomodoro Technique that actually works. Take my word for it.

Compile a productivity playlist and sing it. Loud.

If I told you that the La La Land Soundtrack has brought both courage and creativity into my life, would you believe me? If you mentally associate certain songs with getting sh*t done, you’ll be surprised by how music can make you more productive. Pick a few of your favourite songs (the louder and more energetic the better), work to them religiously and, after a few days, enjoy the mental stimulus that follows. Singing in public spaces optional.


Sign up for my free newsletter & you’ll receive insights from great minds + musings on careers, creativity and more. 

Previous Post Next Post


  • Stephanie

    I’m totally with you on the done list front! I mostly use my diary to jot down all my done things for the day, and it helps me feel so productive. I’ve never thought of sending out new emails regularly, so I might have to give that a go asap

    Steph –

    February 25, 2017 at 5:58 pm Reply
    • biancabass

      Thank you so much for reading and taking the time to comment, Stephanie! I couldn’t agree more. Definitely try the email idea. Particularly with side hustles and blogging, it can pay to feel like you’re connecting with a wider community. Emailing is an excellent way of doing so, and one a day is absolutely achievable!

      March 1, 2017 at 4:36 pm Reply
  • Indya | TheSmallAdventurer

    I really like the “done” list tip! There’s nothing better than being able to see all the progress you’ve made. I recently found an old list of things I wanted to get for our house, and I realised that I now have everything on there! It made me feel quite accomplished. ?

    February 26, 2017 at 3:33 am Reply
    • biancabass

      Thank you so much for reading and taking the time to comment, Indya! I agree – looking back every now and then to see how far we’ve come is not only nice, it’s essential. Keep going! Your blog is great and I think the same rules apply to blogging. Perspective when it comes to our achievements is so important. 🙂

      March 1, 2017 at 4:33 pm Reply


    March 2, 2017 at 3:31 pm Reply
  • Weekly Round-Up #8 - THIS STUFF IS GOLDEN

    […] 5 Productivity Tips That Will Actually Make You Happy By Bianca Bass […]

    March 3, 2017 at 8:02 am Reply
  • Peta

    Oh Bianca the done list idea!! How have I never thought of doing this, I have to-do lists scattered everywhere. I’m looking forward to starting a done list tomorrow and seeing how much I’ve actually achieved by the end of the day. Probably a whole lot more than I realise. Thank you for this great list, it’s really inspired me and I hope it’s okay with you if I incude it in my newsletter next week of inspirational and motivational posts to read. 🙂
    Peta x

    March 4, 2017 at 9:24 pm Reply
  • Lana Rafaela

    These are amazing! Thank you so much for sharing them with us, Bianca. 🙂

    Also, I have to say that I am glad that you spoke up about the pressure to hustle and be productive 24/7, no matter what you do. Yes, we definitely have to work to achieve our goals but more organically, rather than going with the “JUST DO IT” (caps lock intended) approach and running ourselves ragged.

    I’ve unsubscribed from at least 10 newsletters that would shout at me to hustle and never stop because that might work for some people but me, I prefer taking it slower and steadier.

    Also, another tip that has worked wonders for me in the line of done list – setting aside a couple of minutes in the day to remind myself of all the great things I have experienced in the day or in the week or just generally. It works especially well when I’m in a bad mood.

    Thanks again for sharing and I hope you have a great week! xx


    March 8, 2017 at 8:35 am Reply
  • Leave a Reply

    Website Protected by Spam Master

    You may also like...