Productivity doesn’t just happen. It’s something you have to proactively work towards and then work even harder to maintain. Here are a few quick tips and a little bit of technology to help you find your productivity, keep it, and use it while you got it.
Get your sleep.
If you want to be productive, then you probably shouldn’t be falling asleep at your desk. Keep yourself alert and feeling refreshed by getting enough sleep to make it through the entire day. There are plenty of small changes you can make to your day to ensure you get decent sleep, but to do this efficiently, consider using apps and gadgets. Apps can help you manage your sleep cycles and do things like monitor for sleep disturbances and play gentle beats as you fall asleep. Gadgets, on the other hand, can wake you up with natural light, track your sleeping patterns, and keep you comfortable during the night.
Eat your breakfast.
Starting your workday (or any day) without breakfast can be problematic. Instead of focusing completely on what you need to get done, you’re slightly distracted by a growling stomach. You may even feel like less of yourself and struggle to stay on the top of your game as a result. To avoid this, eat something. Anything. But if you really want things to work out well, eat something that’s good for you. And again, there’s plenty of technology out there that can help you do this. You just need to find what works best for you and go from there.
Plan your day.
Don’t leave your day to chance. Do this, and you’ll be stuck saying ‘yes’ to every request and ‘no’ to everything you actually need to do for the day. This means you need to lay it all out. What do you have on your plate? How full is it? Do you need help? Do you need to push out projects and start other ones sooner? This isn’t just about laying it all out, though; it’s also about restructuring your day and figuring out what goes where, with who, and why. Apps like Any.do, Wunderlist, and Google Keep are great for this.
Take your breaks.
Yes. Breaks can (and will) make you more productive. But only if they’re done correctly. Of course, a 5-minute break every ten minutes will probably be counterproductive; however, a 5-minute break every 30 minutes isn’t such a bad idea. There are a few techniques you can try to ensure you’re taking breaks strategically, but many people experience success using the Pomodoro Technique.
Speak to humans.
Productivity doesn’t always come to you when you’re stuck inside a locked room with no windows and zero distractions. In fact, you could feel the furthest from productive in a situation like this. Sometime you simply need those distractions… like people, for one. Talking to other people during a long workday could help you be more creative and feel a little less stir-crazy. But this doesn’t mean you need to have mini conversations with random coworkers every ten minutes. However, it does mean you should take the opportunity to collaborate a little more, ask for advice, and receive input on projects.