We’ve all had those days when we feel like we are not accomplishing anything no matter how hard we work. Looming deadlines, increasing workload, multitasking, and stress could all disrupt a person’s productivity. “Work smarter, not harder” has become a famous motto among the workforce. And this statement actually has merit. Sometimes, when we wear too many hats, take on too much work, instead of becoming more productive, our productivity actually decreases. So what can we do to increase our productivity?
1. Have a healthy breakfast… or skip it!
I don’t mean to confuse you, but there are studies showing that skipping the most important meal of the day can benefit various brain functions. Intermittent fasting has been gaining popularity lately, and there are scientific studies to back it up. However, if you want to give this a try, it is best to ask for a doctor or a nutritionist’s advice first. For anything to work, one has to have the know-how and the right motivation. On the other hand, if you are a huge fan of breakfast and could not possibly start a day without it, by all means, eat! Fuel your body with the right food. Make healthy choices.
OpenMindBodySoul.com says- love this advice. But yes, do consult your doctor. Intermittent fasting is not for everyone. Speaking from personal experience, if you tend to have fluctuating sugar levels and if your first half of the day is intense physically and mentally, it could send your heads into tizzy and not be the best option for you.
2. Take that coffee break
Though it might be tempting to just keep plugging away at work and skip your breaks in order to meet your deadlines, it would not be a very good idea. You need to relax and take a breather. This will give your brain a much-needed break and you a chance to walk around and enjoy a nice cup of joe, maybe even socialize with your other harried co-workers.
OpenMindBodySoul.com says Oh Yes, just having that break and not necessarily for coffee is often what probably makes people go for one . If you are not a coffee-lover or are trying to avoid caffeine, you could also try decaf or low caffeine teas.
3. CBD Oil
If you prefer a more natural approach to boost your concentration and productivity, why not give CBD oil a try. It has been known to increase alertness, help calm nerves, and boost your mood. So when you find yourself stressed with your head all over the place, why not try popping a CBD gummy, a flavored tincture, or even straight up CBD oil to help ease your stress and calm your nerves. Unlike its addictive cousin, THC, CBD will not get you high.
4. Don’t multitask
Multitasking is not something the human brain is built for. It has proven to cause loss of productivity. Doing too many things at once will take away your concentration from the crucial things that need doing. This will make your work prone to errors and cost you time that you were trying to save by multitasking in the first place. Do one thing at a time before moving on to the next task. This way you can ensure each task is accomplished properly. Try doing the tasks that take the least amount of time to accomplish first. This will get these tasks out of the way and allow you to focus on the more complicated ones.
5. Take exercise breaks
Isn’t it ironic that a post about being productive is talking about breaks a lot? That’s because taking breaks in between tasks is a good way resetting your brain and preparing it for the whole new task ahead. Exercising will send a rush of much-needed oxygen to your brain and will help loosen your muscles that might have bunched up from getting the previous task done. Taking a brief walk, or a short stretch will allow your brain to stop thinking about work and “breathe”. This will help bring your focus back to where it is supposed to be – your looming tasks.
6. Use tools
Using online tools or apps to track your work and tasks for the day is one easy way of getting your day organized. When you have your day organized, you won’t need to spend extra time trying to remember what to do next; you would already have it laid out for you. Most of these tools are free and can be linked to your personal or work email. Just make sure that the apps abide by your company rules and risk profile.
OpenMindBodySoul.com unequivocally votes for this! Simply using the calendar in your work email (e.g: outlook) or your smart phone and syncing them across your devices can do wonders. On my Samsung phone, I use the calendar widget to keep track of my days and engagements.
Another good idea is to block a few hour chunks in your calendar for specific tasks. This could be for regular(e.g: weekly or monthly) or one-off things you need to get done. It can help you with everything from gym sessions, tasks you keep putting off; to your child’s school events.
7. Say no to meetings
Meetings take time. And a lot of the time, these meetings are not even really necessary. If you have a lot of things to do, and someone schedules a meeting, try to find out if your presence is necessary for the meeting. Or if the items on the agenda could be discussed through email, that would be a better venue. You only get so many hours in a day, after all.
OpenMindBodySoul.com would like to add some ideas to maximize meetings, if they can’t be avoided. Setting time limits is a good idea, we read somewhere that 15 minutes is the best time to maximize the meeting as more than that could lead to lower attention spans of attendees. Secondly, we think that having a clear Agenda for the meeting helps to keep the meeting on track, concise and of the maximum benefit.
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