Do you ever accomplish everything on your to-do list, every day? The answer is probably a resounding ’No’ but thumbs up to those who do. Most often we start with a plan and a list, which then grows longer, with fewer ticks or strikethroughs.
We get it. Being productive at work can be challenging. Productivity is an essential part of your success plan, as is time management, but it can sometimes be hard to know where to start.
Here are some top tips to keep that productivity flowing:
It can be tempting to want to tackle more than one task at a time, especially if they seem small or simple. But it simply doesn’t work. Focus on one task at a time, and you’ll actually end up completing it faster.
Set small, achievable goals
Sometimes, looking at your daily schedule or set of goals can be overwhelming. Breaking them up into smaller tasks, you’ll feel more in control and will be much more productive… This will keep you on track from day-to-day and make the bigger projects seem less daunting.
Take a break!
Working longer hours doesn’t necessarily mean we’re getting more done, but the truth is, is that we never work as well when we’re burnt out. Taking regular breaks helps concentration and also boosts your mood. So, we suggest taking a 5-minute break to walk around the office (or your lounge) or spend 15 minutes grabbing an afternoon coffee and catching up with a colleague.
Sound sleep makes for daily work successes
Getting enough sleep is essential to your physical well-being and mental health. This is nothing new. It also plays an important role in your daily functioning and work performance. A poor night’s rest results in a rough day at the office.
Why is sleep so important?
Getting a good night’s sleep does more than you might think. Sure, it keeps you from feeling sluggish and demotivated during the day, but sleep has so many more benefits.
- It decreases your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other chronic health conditions
- Your immune system is strengthened
- It reduces food cravings and the risk of obesity
- Your ability to concentrate on routine tasks is sharpened
How much sleep do you need?
Between 6-7 hours, however, for many of us, the pace of life prevents us from achieving this goal Even if we devote sufficient time to getting in some solid zzzs, winding down, falling and staying asleep can be challenging.
Consider these tips to help you stay motivated and mentally fresh.
During the day
- Pause your morning coffee
We know this may sound like swearing to some, but delaying the consumption of products with caffeine for the first hour or two of your day may help you feel more alert. Delaying your morning coffee will allow you to use your body’s natural cortisol production, which is at its peak the first hour after you wake up. It also helps prolong the effects of caffeine in your system. Timing your intake can boost your morning and provide energy all day!
- Vitamin D and daylight: bring it on!
Your body needs to be exposed to natural light during the day to help regulate your sleep-wake cycle. If your office is windowless or you don’t sit near a window, consider using a light therapy device at your desk to simulate sunshine.
- Healthy snacking helps
Although sugary snacks can provide a quick afternoon pick-me-up, they’re also linked to poor sleep quality. Make good choices, like cheese or nuts, or complex carbohydrates like fruit or a bran muffin.
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