There are many everyday habits we all have that are the enemy if you’re looking to increase productivity.
Today’s post is the last in the three part series of ‘Things You Can Do Now’.
Today we’re looking at how to increase productivity.
Let’s face it, there is nothing worse than looking at a pile of tasks you need to work through when you feel lethargic and sluggish.
Yet, there are lots of changes we can make to our routine to stop punishing ourselves in an already hectic lifestyle.
Implement even a few of these and I guarantee you will feel more energized and you WILL easily increase productivity.
Cut down alcohol
I’m a third of the way through a dry January and there have been some extremely noticeable differences in me.
First of all, I’m sleeping better than I have in the last 25 years.
I have suffered with terrible insomnia since I was ten years old, usually getting around 3-4 hours sleep five nights a week if I’m lucky.
The other two days I generally go right around the clock!
Since cutting out the alcohol I have been getting a solid 6-7 hours a night and feel more energetic than I’ve done in a very long time.
The problem with alcohol is it prevents you from falling into the deep, restful sleep your body needs.
If you drink regularly, try cutting it down to just a couple of days max and see the difference in your energy levels.
Get up earlier and stop rushing
Waking up in a panic, rushing around and flying out of the door to work like whippet floods the command centre of your body with adrenaline.
Your brain is swimming in it, and what goes up must come down, resulting in an afternoon crash where you are sapped of all energy and even more productivity.
If you’re rushing about in the morning, take a long hard look at your routine.
Are you giving yourself enough time to wake up, get out of bed and get ready without breaking the sound barrier?
If not, get up a bit earlier.
Iron clothes and prepare lunch the night before so you have minimal tasks to complete.
Anything that allows you to slow down in the morning will increase productivity throughout your day.
Eat a healthy breakfast
Stop skipping breakfast!
Personally, I don’t know how anyone copes without breakfast, I’m ravenous from the moment I open my eyes!
Every personal trainer in the world will tell you it’s the most important meal of the day, and there is good reason for it.
When we’re asleep our body is in fasting mode, meaning when you wake up in the morning you have low blood sugar.
Low blood sugar is the reason why we wake up in the morning feeling irritable and tired.
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking a coffee is breakfast.
It’s nothing more than a short term energy boost from the caffeine, which inevitably wears off, causing you to crash and decimate your energy levels.
A healthy breakfast will increase productivity, giving you energy boost your body needs.
Choose foods rich in fibre, protein, vitamins and minerals – avoid foods with added sugar.
Complete harder tasks first
It’s tempting to knock off the easy jobs you have to get through first, but it’s only holding you back.
Taking on the easiest tasks first just makes you dodge the harder ones even more.
Eventually it will end up sat in at the bottom of a pile for days, making it even more daunting to tackle.
Our motivation and willpower wains over the course of a day, so get on with the more difficult tasks first.
Create a ‘to-do-list’ and prioritise your tasks effectively completing all the hard tasks first where possible.
Don’t fall down the mobile phone rabbit hole
I think most people are guilty of falling down the rabbit hole of social media these days.
You turn it on and have a quick glance through your newsfeed.
Before you know it you’re reading through an article, at the bottom of that article is another related article, and another, and another, until 3 hours of your life have gone that you’ll never get back.
If you have things to do, switch off your phone.
Or, if that isn’t possible due to work commitments, put it over on the other side of the room, where you can hear it if you need to, but far away enough not to be tempted to pick it up every five minutes.
What may seem like a short term interruption is actually a much bigger disturbance to your mind, making it difficult to refocus on the task in hand.
Take proper breaks
Eating at your desk or on the go is not taking a break.
Neglecting to take appropriate breaks is bad for your productivity, creativity, as well as your body.
Taking a proper break is mentally rejuvenating and much more productive than going full pelt all day.
Get outside and take in some fresh air and give your body the break it needs and deserves.
Don’t take your phone to bed
Remember, you’re there to sleep, not lay playing on your phone, and at the end of a hectic day the last thing your mind needs is another distraction.
One “quick” glance can result in another hour of browsing and another hour less sleep you’re going to get that night.
If, like me, you use your phone as an alarm too that’s fine, but treat it as such and make sure you give yourself the best chance of a good nights sleep.
Focus on an abundance mentality
Whatever we focus on, we see in our world.
Believe and focus on the lack of opportunity and you won’t see any, simple as that.
I once believed I didn’t have any spare money to save and was caught in a cycle of living payday to payday.
I told myself I would never be able to own my own home and quickly got stuck in a rut of renting without ever considering the possibility of making the changes that would allow me to save money.
If your thoughts are negative you won’t allow yourself to make a change.
Allow yourself to see the abundance in the world that you’re missing out on right now.
If you have a lack of money, stop focusing on the lack and instead think of all the opportunities out there to make more money.
Before long ideas and opportunities to make that happen will start appearing from everywhere and you’ll be motivated to grab them.
Appreciate what you have
Worrying about what you don’t have will kill your productivity, it’s nothing more than a distraction.
The easiest way to stop thinking about what you don’t have is to appreciate.
Appreciate your life, your family, the roof over your head, the food on your table etc.
This won’t only turn a negative mood into a more positive one within minutes, it will help you to see the opportunities you may have missed or simply forgotten about.
Appreciation creates a more open vibe within you making it easier to focus.
Make a habit of appreciating something in you life for just a few minutes a day and check the difference in your attitude and also your productivity.
Get your home clean and tidy.
Put your belongings neatly away and get your finances organised properly.
Order and discipline creates results.
If you are struggling to feel productive or good about your life in general it can mean things are not in order.
Surround yourself with abundant people
Start hanging about with people who have an abundance mentality.
Read people’s success stories on personal development blogs, watch and read plenty of personal development material for inspiration.
Always be selective about what you put into your mind and create an environment of abundance.
Having a positive outlook on life will help you naturally increase productivity.
None of the above is difficult to implement.
Changing just a few habits will increase productivity, but imagine what you could achieve if you ticked everything off this list!!
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