We think that being productive hinges on knowing the latest technology with a calendar, app or to do list. We search for ways to get more done, be more efficient, and make it easier to be productive. What if I shared with you the secret foundation for being productive? It’s really quite simple.
Step #1: Get more rest
In our 24/7 society, there’s not much time alotted for rest and sleep. Research shows that sleep is crucial for productivity. The secret to being more productive is rest. There is profound impact of rest on our brains. Just how do we get more rest? Have a plan to get ready early, turn off all blue screen devices an hour ahead of time, and set your room cool. Creating a sleep routine helps you get a great night’s rest.
Step #2: Get moving
Sitting too long at your computer? Not getting to the gym? Can you take the stairs, park further and walk longer or use your fit bit to assess how much you are moving? Harvard research has shown the link between exercise and productivity, especially with thinking skills. Add a short exercise routine to your day, count your steps on a fitbit, or take a short work during lunch. All of these will help you with clarity and brain functioning.
Step #3 Get support
Maybe you don’t realize how important support can be for your productivity. Maybe you don’t know what support you need or maybe you haven’t reached out for support. In any of these instances, it could be time for you to add this element to your foundation. Support can be help from someone or something tech. First identify the support you need. It could be learning a new technology skill or delegating with laundry and cleaning your home. Add in as much support as you can in small increments.
These three secrets that are a baseline for great productivity and also for general self care. If you start on only one of these steps, you will see an increase in efficiency and effectiveness. Good luck!
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