For many of us, staying productive can be a challenge. We sometimes lose focus of what is important, and sometimes we lose motivation but that’s okay. As long as you can overcome these downfalls, you are well on your way to a productive lifestyle.
Here are 12 effective physiological and psychological ways you can implement into your life to improve your productivity. Let’s get into making those hours in your day count!
1. Get at least 7-8 hours of sleep each day
In our current day and age where we are always busy and constantly online, sleep may seem foreign but remember that sleep is an important factor in remaining productive so catch those z’s.
2. Do regular exercise
They say that a healthy body equals a healthy mind. That is true. Get your blood pumping by going on that morning jog before you work, or even take a nice afternoon stroll. Regular exercise helps you relax and keep your stress levels at bay.
3. Learn to say “no”
If you feel like you have too much on your plate, remember that it is okay to say “no”. If a friend invites you out but you still have a lot of tasks to complete, don’t feel guilty for saying no. Simply reschedule when you are less busy..
4. Get up early before anyone else
You feel a sense of accomplishment when you wake up before anyone else. It is only the you, the sunrise and the chirping of the birds. This is the time where there are no distractions.
Use this valuable time to do some “me things” such as making a nice breakfast, and writing down your “To Do” list for the day.
5. Take 10 minute breaks every hour
Taking breaks helps you refuel and refocus. If you are sitting down and working for long periods of time, you will experience fatigue and will become less productive.
Get up, have a stretch and get some snacks to get yourself prepared for the next hour.
6. Avoid procrastination
Force yourself to start with harder tasks first and avoid procrastination. You have to complete those tasks sooner or later so why not start now? If you start later, chances are you will go into panic mode and things aren’t so pretty there.
Develop a mindset to begin difficult tasks as soon as possible.
7. Allow yourself to daydream a little
Don’t feel guilty if you start to daydream. They say great ideas arise from those who daydream. You may even come up with an innovative idea, but be practical, don’t spend the whole day dreaming. Only allow yourself to be up in the clouds once you know that you have completed a large portion of work.
8. Add plants to your workspace
Adding plants in any workspace is a great motivator. It creates happiness and positivity. If you are working in an environment where there is something that gets you psychological engaged, you will be happier and more productive so bring nature indoors into your workspace.
9. Refuel your enthusiasm regularly
Remind yourself why you are doing the things you do. Whether it be to get better grades, to get a salary raise, or simply make yourself feel fulfilled and accomplished. Remember why you started. Once you know why you do the things you do, you are even more motivated to get things done.
10. Have a disconnected day or weekend
If things get a little too hectic, it is okay to have a break. Spend a day or a weekend away from work by relaxing with friends and family. This allows you to have some rest time, refuel and regain motivation for your next work session.
11. Remember to breathe when overwhelmed
Instead of panic when things get too stressful, breathe. Breathe in, breathe out, repeat. Trust us, you will feel much calmer.
12. Constantly monitor yourself
Always have a mental note in the back of your mind asking if what you are doing is productive.
For example, if you are on your phone checking social media, ask yourself if this is productive, you will feel guilty, and put down your phone.
Having these constant mental checks helps you stay on track.
Do you have any secrets on how to maximise your productivity? Don’t be shy, share them with us in the comments below.