How to improve your daily output
You might start your day with every intention of checking off your to-do list but come 5pm you feel like you haven’t achieved anything at all. Here are ways to make the most of your time and improve your daily output:
- Seize the morning – For many people, mornings are their most productive time of the day. Try to wake up an hour earlier and use your morning hours to tackle your highest priority projects first rather than sleeping in, chatting to co-workers or sorting through emails. You’ll feel a real sense of accomplishment while other people may be still trying to gain focused.
- Identify your top three priorities – You will undoubtedly have multiple responsibilities to accomplish throughout the day but try and identify your top three most important tasks and work on these first. By the end of the day you might not tick off every single item on your to-do list but you can feel good about knowing that the most important tasks are completed despite unplanned meetings or interruptions.
- Schedule uninterrupted time – The constant ping of incoming emails or text messages can be a huge distraction and can make getting any real work done very difficult. Unless your job absolutely depends on checking your emails regularly, process your inbox every few hours rather than every few minutes. This goes for checking social media too.
- Exercise – Exercise may improve your productivity by enhancing brain health and function. Regular physical activity helps create new brain cells, especially in the learning and memory region, and may improve the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the brain.1 It’s also credited with reducing stress and improving mood. Try exercising early in the morning in case you don’t run out of time later in the day.
- Take time away from work – You might feel like you need to put in extra hours to finish all your work, but allowing time for rest and relaxation will in fact help make you more productive in the long run. Fully disconnect in the evening, and try to have at least eight hours of sleep every night. Also make time for hobbies and personal pursuits.
- Eat well – If you eat a diet high in refined sugar and fats, you’re likely to feel sluggish and lack in energy and motivation. Instead, nourish your body and mind with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean sources of protein such as poultry and legumes, and healthy fats from fish, avocado, and raw nuts and seeds.
- Consider natural support – If you’re finding it difficult to focus, consider natural support from herbs such as Cereboost®, ginkgo and brahmi, and the B-group vitamins. Cereboost® can help improve working memory (short-term memory) over six hours and the combination of ginkgo, brahmi and B vitamins may help alleviate mental and physical fatigue, increase attention accuracy, provide temporary relief of stress and improve blood flow to the brain.
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Published February 17, 2015
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