Of all our available resources, everyone has the same number of hours in a day. Some, however, happen to get more done. It doesn’t matter what you do or where you work – everyone is looking for ways to be more productive on the job. But excessive amounts of caffeine and list-making won’t get you any closer to reaching peak productivity levels today. The common notion of productivity is the ability to churn out a lot of work in a short span of time. While it is true, it is not complete. True productivity is the ability to create high impact results in a short span of time. This is the kind of productivity that matters, not busy work that creates no impact in the long term. To achieve true productivity, you need to learn how to do certain things the correct way and turn them into a habit. Make room for increased productivity by putting these habits into play!
- Even if you want to be super productive, do not deprive yourself from sleep. Sleep is a vital indicator of overall health and well-being. We spend up to one-third of our lives asleep, and this remains an essential question throughout our lifespan. People who can get by on four hours of sleep sometimes brag about their strength and endurance during the day. But scientific studies show that not sleeping at least 7 hours causes many significant changes in the body. For instance, this lack of sleep increases your risk for serious health concerns such as obesity, disease, and even early death. The healthy amount of sleep for the average adult is around seven to eight hours each night. If you cannot get enough sleep during the night, then naps are another option. Naps increase alertness and performance on the job, enhance learning ability and purge negative emotions while enhancing positive ones.
- Eat a proper breakfast every day. One of the best ways to start your day is to get up early and eat a healthy breakfast. A good breakfast is vital for a successful day. It’s called the most important meal of the day for a reason. Breakfast helps improve your mood and energy and can increase your overall productivity. People who eat breakfast are less likely to be obese, they have more stable blood-sugar levels, and they tend to be less hungry over the course of the day. It doesn’t need to take long to prepare. 2 slices of bread with ham, cheese, tomatoes and a glass of milk will do the trick. A healthy breakfast gives you energy, improves your short-term memory, and helps you to concentrate more intensely and for longer periods. And remember – no screen time during breakfast! It’s much healthier to take those precious first moments of the day to do something relaxing that sets a calm, positive tone for your day. Jumping right into electronics has the opposite effect. Instead, watching the birds out the window, people walking nearby or listening to a calm music are all great ways to start the day.
- Rather than immediately checking your email or social media, meditate for 5 to 15 minutes in the morning after breakfast. Take some deep breaths, inhaling through your nose, holding deeply for a few seconds, and exhaling through your mouth. Close your eyes and express gratitude for this day. Meditation can increase happiness, meaning in life, social support and attention span while reducing anger, anxiety, depression and fatigue.
- Spend your commute on learning. Since we all only have 24 hours in our lives, the difference between a very successful person and you, is how you have spent your time. Even if you spend only 10 minutes on your way to work, load your phone up with intellectually stimulating audio. Good sources could be TED talks, audio books you purchased, podcast of your favourite authors or educational courses. After a long enough period of time, you’ll have listened to hundreds of books.This will make sure that you have gained another advantage to the majority of your competitors or co-workers.
- Don’t multitask, just focus on one thing at a time. Multi-tasking in the morning—when you have lots to do, tons of energy, and it feels like you can do two or three things at once—is tempting, but it sets your whole day back. Multitasking reduces your efficiency and performance because your brain can only focus adequately on one thing at a time. When you try to do two things at once, your brain lacks the capacity to perform both tasks successfully. That’s why it’s important to know where and when you work best.