How to be more productive

How to be more productive

If you’re still among the group of people who think of making life changes every New Year ’s Eve, you’re doing an injustice to your life. 

World-class performers set and review their goals every day. They also take the time to think about their goals before they sleep. This means that it’s also the first thing that they think about in the morning when they wake up.

They go ahead and invest a lot of hours to concentrate on making these goals come true. They block all distractions that would make them not achieve these goals.

You should constantly aim at being a world-class performer and have the same dedication towards your dreams.

Respect your hours. The more you respect your time, the more your productivity will improve. Consequently, your self-esteem and self-respect will improve.

How to be more productive

1. Work with your most productive hours

Sure, your most glorified motivational speakers and authors have declared that we should all wake up at 5 am. Some even say that 3 am is where all the productivity magic happens. Sigh…

But you are an adult and have several years of work experience, don’t you? Within those years, your body has been giving you feedback on when you’re most productive, right? Yes. 

Listen to your body, trust your judgement and work with that. 

If 5 am works for you, then yaaaaas! go ahead and kick those things off your to-do list. 

But if you’re like me who struggles to keep both eyes open before 9 am, then please, embrace being a night owl.

The goal is to get the work done. Not to subscribe to other people’s gospels that might not always make sense to you.

How to be more productive

“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” ~Stephen Covey

2. Get yourself some quality sleep

Sleep is a very important factor when it comes to productivity.

If you do not get enough sleep, you end up having frustrated, distracted and unproductive days.

Invest in a good mattress if you haven’t already done so. A bad mattress will leave you feeling tired in the morning which translates to less concentration.

Invest in anything else that you feel would go a long way to help you sleep better. This includes having your dinner early enough and ensuring your room has zero distractions.

3. Exercise

Other than a way to lose weight and stay fit, exercising regularly will help you stay alert which ultimately improves your productivity.

Having high levels of alertness ultimately translates to doing more work in a shorter period of time.

The most productive people at work get raises and promotions, right? Yes. As much as you’d like to bury yourself in work so that you can get yourself that promotion, make more money or move closer to retiring early, don’t postpone exercising.

In will hurt you in the end because you’ll end up with an unhealthy body. What good is it to have all the money with an unhealthy body? It might actually mean using all that money to get treatment. 

Balance. Work-life balance is the key to happiness. 

Regular exercise also contributes to good mental health. 

“The only way around is through.” ~ Robert Frost

 

How to be more productive

“The only way around is through.” Robert Frost

4. Watch your diet

Just like exercise, your diet determines how productive you are at work.

Research has shown that people who have bad diets are 66% more likely to be less productive at work as compared to colleagues who have good diets.

Modern-day processed fast foods lack the proper nutrients which can lead to diseases such as coronary heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and obesity.

When you feed on the wrong type of food, it affects how your mind functions.

5. Invest in a comfortable workspace

A comfortable seat, especially one that properly supports your back is an investment. It will go a long way towards improving your productivity.

How many times do you experience excruciating back pain while seated at your workspace? If you do, either invest in a new comfortable chair and table that ensures you sit upright or adjust the furniture that you have so that you don’t strain

Interruptions also make it difficult to be productive. Look for a quiet place with proper lighting and give yourself a timeline to get your work done.

“Improved productivity means less human sweat, not more.” ~ Henry Ford

 

How to be more productive

“Improved productivity means less human sweat, not more.” ~ Henry Ford

Conclusion

For you to be at your best performance, you need to constantly improve yourself and your work environment. If you practice good nutrition, exercise consistently and regularly, avoid distractions and stay focused on your most important tasks, you will be a world-class performer.

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