Whether you are an office worker, a freelancer or an entrepreneur, your productivity fluctuates during the day.
Obviously, there are a lot of factors that affect your performance, from the weather, to mood swings, to the guy who stepped on your foot this morning.
You shouldn’t feel guilty that you overdid your day plan yesterday, or that you can’t concentrate and reply to a simple e-mail today. It happens.
So let’s see how we can boost our productivity with these simple daily routines:
1. A Clean Desk is Key to a Clear Mind
As Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s Little Prince said, “when you’ve finished washing and dressing each morning, you must tend your planet”. We also can apply this great rule toward our work space.
Mess on your desk can string you out because it reminds you of unfinished tasks, and makes you completely unfocused. Tidy up your desk every morning, and you’ll keep your focus on a task longer.
2. Work Less, Be More Productive
According to a study by Stanford professor John Pencavel, those who work 56 hours per week have the same output as people who work 70.
So you should not work more just because you think your boss will notice this. You need to live a full life, mixing all possible activities to be happier and more productive.
3. Set 90 Minutes Per Day for Priorities
Make a habit of using at least 20% of a full working day on your goal. This way, you can see your growing performance every week and every month.
4. A Daytime Nap
Having a daytime nap can counter uncontrolled emotions, and reduce negative feelings.
There was an experiment in which participants had to memorize cards, then take a break. During the break, one group of people stayed awake, while another group napped.
After testing their memories of the cards, the ones who slept performed better.
5. Plan Everything
It’s essential to know where are you going and what you want to achieve. Write down your daily agenda, all of your ideas, and follow settled plans.
With a schedule, you’ll be much more organized.
6. Take Good Care of Your Sleep
Under-sleepers and over sleepers are both more likely to take extra sick days as claimed by researchers from the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health. Remember, the perfect amount of sleep is about hours per day.
7. Work Under the Sun
According to a study by the California Energy Commission people working by windows are 12% faster than others. Moreover, they have up to 25% better results on memory recall and mental function tests.
8. Kill Productivity Killers
Social networks, gossip, and meetings are some of the worst productivity killers. If you want to increase your daily performance, put your smartphone aside and switch off the internet.
9. Put Down Your Phone
Buzzes from your mobile can distract you. So it’s okay to use your phone during lunch or break, but if you want to step up your work rate, then turn off the phone and focus on your tasks.
10. Keep Moving
Movement is life, so let’s move more often. Researchers from the University of Otago in New Zeland claimed that a daily 20-minute run helps complete problem-solving tasks more efficiently.
Also remember to get up and move around often.
11. Keep Calm and Be Positive
Positive attitude always helps us in any situation, especially at work when our stress level can be close to an edge.
Also, always offer positive feedback. Interestingly, companies that engage their workforce see a 65% decrease in turnover, a 21% bump in productivity, and a 10% increase in customer ratings.
With these simple eleven tips, you can quickly boost your productivity. Let us know how it works out for you!
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