For many people in the modern workplace, it can feel like there are simply not enough hours in the day to get everything done. Between work, family, friends, exercise, down time, and getting sleep every night, it can feel like you need to sacrifice certain parts of your life. This is not the case if you can follow some simple health hacks to increase your productivity. You’ll find yourself with more than enough time to get everything done that you need to do, and by 5pm you’ll be able to leave the office and have a more active social life.
1. Set Reasonable Goals
When you’re wading through all the work you need to do, it can be hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. You can feel swamped and you can feel like you will never quite finish the work that’s piling up around you. One way to start feeling on top of everything to do, and feeling a sense of accomplishment, is to set reasonable goals. Once you meet that goal, you’ll be able to see just how much you’ve managed to get done, and you’ll be able to stay focused on work while you work towards it.
2. Add Happy Food To Your Diet
Junk food can, quite frankly, make you feel like junk. While sugars and carbs may leave you with a high for a little while, you will soon find yourself crashing, and be low on energy for the rest of the day. To improve your energy levels and concentration, you should be sure to drink plenty of water, snack on fruits and vegetables, and cut out processed food. You’ll be able to get a lot more done when your brain is benefitting from omega oils, such as those found in tuna or salmon.
3. Be Offline For A Little Every Day
When you have your phone in your hand, you can be contacted by everyone through all kinds of forums. Take some time every day away from all technology and just reconnect. Forget about everyone else, focus on who you are and what you are doing, and assess your priorities. When you get back online, you’ll have a much better idea of what you need to do, and be energised about accomplishing it.
4. Write every day
Writing has long been recognised as an amazing way to gather your thoughts and move on from something difficult. While adding this into your daily routine may seem counter productive, as it is just another thing you need to find time for, the opposite is the case. Writing down how you feel helps you identify what matters to you and what brings you down. Once you know this, you can start to make changes to your life that will clear your mind and leave you with more free time. Also, clearing your mind every day will help you to focus while at work, and get through tasks a lot quicker.
5. Make To Do Lists
Establish what you need to do in a day, and stick to that plan. It’s actually very healthy to learn to say no sometimes. Don’t feel like you are being weak by stating that you are unable to take something else on – instead be realistic. If your boss doesn’t realise that they’re giving you too much work, then they won’t have any reason to stop giving you so much. Look at your to do list, stay focused on it, and don’t get distracted by other things, and you will find yourself much more productive.
6. Learn From Your Mistakes
Dwelling on past mistakes takes up a whole lot of time. It is much more productive to assess what went wrong in a scenario, learn from it, and then move on. Don’t repeat your mistakes or spend time on the past.
7. Throw Out Your Ideas Of Perfect
Accept your imperfection. Stressing about getting every last aspect of your life completely perfect is time-consuming, and never-ending, as it is an impossible pursuit. Be happy with the elements of your life that are great without being perfect, and focus on the positive. Wasting negative energy on the things you can’t change just leave you so tired that you can’t concentrate on the things you can work on.
8. Be Nice To Be Nice
Random acts of kindness go a long way. Not only do they make other people feel good, but they can make you feel better too – especially when you don’t share it. Knowing that you’ve done a good thing is enough to put a spring in your step and feel ready to take on the day.
Being productive doesn’t take talent, instead it’s a result of choices entirely in your power. Choose to follow these health hacks, and you will be more productive in no time.
Sharon Conwell has been a content manager and ghost writer at over 20 online projects, now she is a part-time educator and an editor at http://bigassignments.com/. She’s specializing at content creation and optimization. She loves coffee, tulips and her Shih Tzu named Bobby. Feel free to contact her on LinkedIn.
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