Do you ever feel that if you could get all your tasks done within a desired timeframe then you’d feel more productive? Productivity is often associated with time management and while that does make a contribution, it encompasses much more that. It involves taking care of yourself in a manner whereby productivity becomes the byproduct. By implementing simple well-being practices into your daily life, you can empower yourself to be more productive naturally. For example, you would most likely be more productive at work if you had 7 to 8 hours of sleep the night before, as opposed to only 5 or 6. When you’re productive, you are also likely to feel more confident, calm, and less stressed.
Three tips to help improve YOUR productivity:
- Empower Your Body: The use of desk cycles and standing desks can increase mobility, which can improve your energy levels so you perform more effectively. Take the stairs whenever possible. Stand or walk around your office space to avoid sitting for long periods of time. If you can, do some quick rounds of jumping jacks during breaks. Trade processed foods for real foods. Instead of having a donut, have an apple instead. A study in the British Journal of Health Psychology revealed that the more fruits and vegetables people consumed, the happier, more engaged, and more creative they tended to be.
- Harness the Power of Focus: Emails, texts, social media, and the constant use of digital devices can dilute your ability to focus on one thing at a time. A 2017 Forbes magazine article cited that studies show multi-tasking can reduce productivity by as much as 40 percent. Using a simple timer to focus on one task, for a set amount of time without any distraction, can greatly improve your productivity levels. Also, practice being truly present in meetings and in discussions with others. Give people your full attention by placing your phone face down on a table or by closing your laptop.
- Optimize Your Workspace: Make use of “visual anchors” in your workspace that can help keep you more grounded and centered. Some examples are a meaningful picture, a favorite quote, artwork that inspires you, or a small figurine. Have a small bottle of an essential oil on your desk, such as Rosemary, that you can smell throughout the day. Rosemary is attributed to promoting productivity and has stimulating effects on the mind. Flowers also improve emotional health, trigger happy emotions, and feelings of life satisfaction.
Be encouraged to take a step today towards implementing any one or more of these tips so you can improve your productivity and enjoy all the benefits that will bring to your life.