Staying productive during a work day can be a huge challenge. There are so many distractions and obligations pulling at us that we often run around trying to get everything done when actually we are actually getting nothing done well. Maintaining optimum productivity is a skill – and these seven productivity life hacks will help you nail it.
Early to Bed, Early to Rise
Going to bed too late disrupts the restorative functions of your body. Lack of sleep will have a huge effect on your productivity due to your reduced concentration levels. It is best to sleep early and get as much rest as possible to fully restore your energy. It’s obvious but often easier said than done! Start with making a non-negotiable deal with yourself: for example Tuesdays and Thursdays, in bed with a book by 8pm.
Complex Carbs and Protein for Breakfast
A cup of coffee will give you a quick burst of energy. But after the effects of caffeine subside, you will feel sleepy and tired. What you need is complex carbs to fuel your brain for long periods and protein to keep your appetite sated.
The ideal power breakfast should include whole grains, protein, watery and crunchy fruits such as apples or pears and a glass of natural citrus juice. Poached eggs on toast or greek yoghurt with oatmeal are great options.
Finish the Easy Tasks First
Don’t start your day diving into the most difficult tasks of your job. If you do this, you will get overwhelmed in a matter of hours. The experts at Harvard Business School suggest that you should try to finish small and easy jobs first to keep yourself motivated. The brain needs to be rewarded with positive accomplishments to keep your energy levels at a constant high. By staying motivated all day, you will also increase your productivity.
Turn Off the Internet
While the Internet is essential for your work, you may need to stay away from it for a few hours each day. The web is a minefield of distractions. If you want to increase your productivity, you have to keep yourself away from your social networks, blogs, and emails even for just a short while. Create little pockets in your day where the wifi always gets turned off, 10-11am and 2-3pm for example, and set reminders for yourself at the start and finish.
Be a Good Leader: Delegate and Outsource
You have to admit that you cannot do all the work by yourself. If you have people working for you, it is always a good idea to delegate certain jobs to your employees. You will be surprised how easy it is to finish a big project by distributing some of your jobs to the other members of your team.
Outsourcing is a good option if you think that some of your projects are way beyond your ability. Pass the additional load to virtual freelancers and focus on the activities that really require your expertise.
Follow the 25-5 Rule
Working for hours on end will quickly burn you out. To maintain your efficiency, you should try the ’25-minute-work-5-minute-rest’ cycle. This is called the Pomodoro Technique. Microbreaks have been proven effective in improving mental agility at work.
Working alone in your home office can diminish your long term productivity. Once boredom sets in, you will find ways to amuse yourself by browsing the net or doing other chores. Coworking is a type of shared workplace for self-employed and freelance professionals. Getting in touch with motivated people in a real workplace will boost your productivity.
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