One of the things that I personally struggle with is productivity. As I am writing this, I have already stopped several times in order to change music, grab a drink, and even check my email. If you are like me and have this issue, what can you do? In this blog I will discuss how I get productive and push forward with my work even when my mind is unproductive.
1. Pomodoro Technique-This technique is a time management system that encourages people to work with the time they have—rather than against it. Using this method, you break your workday into 25-minute chunks separated by five-minute breaks. These intervals are referred to as pomodoros. In those 25 minutes, you are working. Not getting coffee, checking email, chatting with Linda from accounting, you are working on one task. This helps keep you focused and you can power through work in those 25 minutes. You will have to make sure everyone knows not to bother you during this time, that means shutting your phone off. Personally, I write out one task during my day that must be accomplished. I figure out how long I think It will take and then I chunk it out into 25 minute sections. Then I figure out what I will do during my breaks. I like to go on a walks and stretching my legs.
2. Music- Music helps relax me and keeps me focused. Now, I am not listening to the latest Tool album but I prefer either jazz or lo-fi hip-hop. I don't do anything with words or is too upbeat as it causes my mind to wander or focus on the music too much. I like to just bob my head slightly and put my mind in a state of calm. You can listen to anything you want, just make sure that it keeps you mind focused at the task at hand.
3. Productivity Journal- This journal is amazing! you can use the pomodoro technique and keep track at how long certain task are taking you. They have incredible quotes every day to help motivate you and keep you focused on tackling the day. It helps break projects during your week and you can chunk certain task so that large projects get done in a timely matter. I am notorious for starting 6 projects at the same time and half finishing all of them. With the journal I can see what I got going on this week and how I can accomplish my weekly goal by working on 1 major thing today. I highly suggest this.
4.Exercise- Our lives have become really sedentary and we are becoming unhealthier everyday. Both aerobic and anaerobic exercises, have been found to help with depression and anxiety. Go for a 30 minute jog and let your mind wonder. When you get back to the office, your mind will be more focused and you will have amazing energy. Why not try hot yoga and get limber while you work out. There are plenty of classes and events that you can do and this will help you be more productive during work.
5. Lowering caffeine- I know the most us need our morning coffee in the morning to get the body going but the problem comes when you are drinking multiple cups per day. I am a huge fan of coffee and enjoy drinking it but there comes a time when I have to not drink it because I know that my mind can't handle it. I enjoy drinking Up Time Energy as it gives me mental clarity and I don't have the crash after lunch. I want to feel refreshed not jittery or with an elevated heart rate. Lowering your caffeine intake helps with digestion, lowering anxiety, sleeping, and even helps you age better. I am not saying quit caffeine altogether but limiting how much you take everyday will help you be more focused and more productive.
We are all suffering from leading unproductive lives. With these steps we can help ourselves grow and achieve our goals. Comment below with something you do to be more productive.
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