Increase Your Energy and Productivity
With multiple priorities, tasks, and responsibilities to accomplish, staying on top of your to-do list can sometimes be a challenging endeavor. Productivity and time management are areas that many people struggle with and have trouble when trying to break out of old patterns.
Increase Your Energy
- Go to sleep early. Sleep is the foundation for energy, and if you do not give your body adequate time to rest you’ll start to underperform.
- Exercise every day. Even moderate exercise such as going for a walk, practicing yoga or simple aerobics will increase your heart rate giving you more energy to complete the tasks in front of you.
- Eat well. Good nutrition increases your energy and gives you fuel to accomplish your goals. Having a well rounded diet that consists of unrefined carbohydrates, proteins, vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats and oils helps to keep your energy level consistent and avoid mid-day fatigue.
- Do the hard work in the morning. If you have a project or presentation that requires your time and attention, it’s best to work on it first thing in the morning. Productivity is a mindset. When you have a sense of accomplishment it encourages you to increase your output, whereas if the first half of your day is weighed down with meetings, emails and phone calls you can walk into the second half of your day feeling like you haven’t accomplished your most important tasks.
- Keep a “distraction list” to help you stay focused. When we force ourselves to pay attention during long meetings it can become mentally exhausting. Allowing yourself to keep a list of things that come to mind while you’re focusing on task at hand will help you stay focused.
- Take regular breaks. Studies have shown that the human brain can only stay highly productive for 50 minutes at a time. Which means, that in order to maintain a productive day you need to take 10 minutes every hour to get up, walk around and give your mind an opportunity to refresh itself. Practicing this regularly will help you avoid the 3pm slump and have a more fruitful afternoon.
- Avoid multi-tasking. While some may argue that multi-tasking is an effective way to manage tasks and priorities, studies have shown that multi-tasking prohibits productivity. Rather than focusing on the task and completing it, multi-tasking makes it difficult to tune out distractions and can cause mental blocks that slow you down. Focusing in on the task and working it through to completion before starting the next task is the best way to improve brain function and gain clarity in your purpose and direction.
- Say No, Delegate. Your focus and energy deserve to be spent on the projects that will drive your career forward. The mundane and day-to-day tasks that weigh down your schedule should either be delegated to someone else on your staff or automated through a system. This is where critical thinking and prioritization can make all the difference. Is there someone on your team that could handle additional responsibility? Is there a software system that could handle the mundane tasks so you could focus on driving your business forward? The key is to be aware of what your limitations are and have the willingness to say no or delegate responsibility.
In working towards a new normal, it can be daunting to prioritize the tasks, goals and opportunities that need your time and attention. Increasing energy and productivity will help you stay focused through your day and give you time to focus on the things that truly matter. If Imagine can help you automate or find new ways to increase productivity, we would appreciate the opportunity to serve you during this time.