6 Ways to Be More Productive

Make the most of your day by following these tips.

Have you ever had so much on your plate that you ended up not doing anything at all? It sounds silly, but a lot of us are guilty of losing the battle to procrastination. Saying we’ll do something is completely different from actually doing it.

“Being productive is more than just checking off boxes on to-do lists,” says Heidi Hanna, PhD, author of The Sharp Solution. “It’s bringing our full and best energy to the time we have to do our work well.”

As tempting as it may be to lie in bed all day, we have to face reality. It’s time to quit procrastinating and start being productive. Follow these tips to make the most of your day:

1. Budget your time wisely. “Time budgeting does the same thing as money budgeting—it forces you to be efficient,” says Henry Cloud, PhD, psychologist and author of Boundaries for Leaders. Take note of what has to be done and schedule it according to importance. It helps to carry a notebook or planner.

2. Avoid multitasking. If you bite off more than you can chew, you’ll end up getting overwhelmed by the amount of things you have to accomplish. Switching from one task to another interrupts brain activity which causes you to give up more easily. “It can take up to 20 minutes to recover from a shift in attention, wasting both time and energy,” explains Dr. Hanna.

3. Exercise before going to work. The endorphin rush will perk you up for the day ahead. Also, engaging in aerobic activity will make you think better for two hours after your workout since more glucose and oxygen gets to the brain.

4. Work with a sprint mentality. Giving yourself a time limit to accomplish certain things boosts your productivity and enables you to fully focus for shorter periods of time.

5. Play a brain game. Keep your mind working at all times by working on a crossword puzzle or Sudoku instead of just watching TV.

6. Work in a coffee shop. Not only will you get a caffeine boost, you’ll also benefit from the ambiance of the environment. A study published in the December 2012 Journal of Consumer Research noted that moderate noise, such as the mid-level buzz in bustling coffee shops, enhances performance on creative tasks more than soft or loud ambient noise.

Source: Yahoo! Health

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