If you’re like most people you don’t think there’s enough hours in the day to do everything you want to do. We all have the same 1440 minutes to fill, but some people seem to achieve so much in those minutes than other people. How? They simply use things that make themselves more productive, so we’ve compiled a list of productivity tips to help you make the most out of every 1440 minutes you have in your day!
These productivity tips are in no particular order, but we’d love to know which ones you like the most or whether you have some we haven’t thought of.
Do your most dreaded task first – too often we put off certain tasks and then find ourselves procrastinating and thinking about it to the detriment of the tasks we’ve chosen to do before. Brian Tracey called it ‘eating the frog’ and I do think that’s a good way of putting it.
Turn off distractions – when you’re trying to concentrate seeing an email alert or hearing your phone ding with a notification can be extremely distracting. Try closing your emails down and only opening them at scheduled times, also turn off all your notifications so you’re not distracted by someone’s holiday posts or a funny cat video that your friend has shared. Although funny cat videos can be good – more on that later!
Schedule Breaks – Working a straight 2-3 hours isn’t the most productive use of your time for most people. We are all slightly different, but in general we work best in 20 minute blocks so every 20 minutes take time to get up and stretch and maybe every 40-60 minutes you can schedule a break that involves things like hanging out the washing (a great productivity tip for when you’re working from home), taking the mail to the post office (if you’re working in an office) or some other totally different task that your mind will consider a break
Exercise – exercising regularly keeps your mind sharp and focused and one of the best things you can do on your lunch break is to take a walk even if it’s only around the block. This gives you fresh air and exercise and you’ll find that you can concentrate much better afterwards and be far more productive in the afternoon that you would’ve been if you hadn’t exercised.
Eat well – making sure you have a healthy diet helps your productivity levels much more than you realize. Have you ever noticed when you’ve gone out for a big lunch with friends or family (usually over the holidays) you come home and feel like an afternoon nap? This often happens when you have a heavily carb loaded meal in the middle of the day.
Eating a wide range of fruit and veg helps to keep your mind clear (and also boosts your health in a number of ways), having a good serve of protein with your lunch will stop you feeling hungry and will help to keep your blood sugar