We all constantly feel that we are too busy to even step out and grab lunch most days. Studies have recently found that this mindset has actually led to an overall DECREASE in productivity. An article recently published in Cosmopolitan, provides 10 quick fixes to decrease the hours you work and increase your overall productivity.
Start really early. Get up early and get the ball rolling with a clear head. Start your day by focusing on your most critical projects so that you can focus your attention elsewhere throughout the day without your mind wondering and re-prioritizing.
Focus, rest, repeat. Just like your trainers tell you in a workout, your body requires rest in-between reps. As true as this is when it comes to muscle toning, it applies to productivity as well. By simply taking a 20 minute break every two hours, your body will reap the restorative benefits for when you get back to work!
Keep multitasking to a minimum. It might feel like you get more done when you are multitasking, but in reality you are decreasing your productivity. Focus on a single task so that you can finish sooner and have a better overall finished product.
Take a walk. Getting your blood flowing leads to an increase in creativity. This quick easy trick can be combined with responding to emails or a call with a client. People are more likely to focus when they are more physically active.
If you can, take a nap. Now, don’t go telling your boss that Agua told you to take a nap to be productive – but it certainly can help! Even just a quick powernap in your company’s wellness center (or at your desk if this may not be an option), can help your brain retain new information and help boost creativity.
Stop in mid-thought. Studies have proven that by stopping mid-sentence and walking away until the next day encourages your subconscious to keep working on it and when you return you are back with a fresh new perspective on the project.
Leave your work at work. When you bring your work home with you, you are constantly assessing the problem which does not allow you the time for a fresh look on a situation or project. Let your mind go home, and your work stay on your desk. In the end, you will be more productive if you can separate the two.
Actually take your vacation days. Every year, Americans waste tens of billions of dollars on unused vacation days. These non vacationers are at more risk of a chronic burnout. Studies have shown that people who actually take days to rest and relax are happier at work and live longer lives.
Find a really engaging hobby. Hobbies are important to stimulate your brain and provide you with satisfaction acting as a happy and useful outlet from the everyday frustrations you may feel.
Take rest. Living with the mindset that “I will rest when this project is done,” is no way to think. With this mindset, your body is on overload and will continue to exhaust until you reach a breaking point. The more rest you take, the more focused and centered you are.