We could all do with an energy burst sometimes and can never be too productive! There are many reasons why our energy and concentration levels dip. Here are a few tips you can try to help you get the best out of your day.
People tend to overlook the effect of exercise on the mind. Exercise just 3 times a can quickly improve your mental health and focus. The will power to go and excess blood flow to the brain will increase your alertness and general attitude. Exercise provides thinking time to process decisions providing clarity and better project outcomes that could ultimately lead to more money or a promotion! Can’t get to the gym? Try taking the stairs instead of the lift, going for a walk at lunch, parking your car further away from your destination or getting off a train stop early and walking.
2. Getting In An Hour Early
Getting in an hour early gives you time to get multiple tasks done and have some you time before everyone else comes in. Managerial distractions, emails and the phone will stay silent and once everyone’s in, you can crack on ahead of the game! You may think it will leave you feeling more fatigued but in reality, the organisation and clarity it will provide will leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed.
3. Swallow A Frog For Breakfast
‘Swallow a frog for breakfast and it’s the worst thing you will do all day.’ Everyone has tasks on their to-do-list they keep putting off. Best advice I was ever given was to do the tasks I was dreading the most before anything else. If you put them off, they will nag at you in the back of your mind, slow you down and make you feel anxious. Not to mention, if you leave them until the end of the day, they may not get done and the anxiety will spill into the next day. Get them out the way and enjoy the rest of your day doing the things you like best!
4. To do list at the end of the day
Reserve 10 minutes at the end of each day to write your to do list for the following day. Do it whilst it’s fresh, write any short accompanying notes and put them in order of importance. Not only does this clear your mind of worry assured you have it all in hand, it saves hours off getting back on track the next morning because you lack direction. Get in, read it and start as you mean to go on!
What do you do to increase your productivity at work? Share them with us - all tips welcome!
Nicola Lawler, Head of Marketing at Projectus Consulting