How to turn your busy days into productive ones
Updated: May 2
Being busy means doing stuff, but being productive means getting stuff done.
Here's how you can transform your work-from-home routine into one that improves productivity allowing you to achieve more in less time (adding more hours to your day):
Clean up your workspace
Simplifying often means cleaning up. Some people are naturally more orderly, but research makes it clear that a tidy, simplified workspace promotes productivity for everyone.
Create the right energy
Your workspace reflects who you are, so make it welcoming, calming and focused. The formula is fluid, but incorporating a few personal touches with a lot of open desk space will do wonders for your mental focus. Quality lighting that’s not too glaring and not too dim is also vital for optimum productivity.
Keep a notebook or to-do list to keep track of outstanding actions
Research has shown that writing notes by hand creates better retention. Scribbling down a list or agenda each day allows you to sort and prioritize activities, so that you enter your day with more clarity and focus.
Incorporate daily workouts into your routine
Briston University conducted a study on 200 employees at three organizations. The employees evaluated themselves on a day with exercise and a day without. On workout days, participants’ scores were 21% higher for concentration on work, 22% higher for finishing their work on time, 25% higher for working without unscheduled breaks, and an incredible 41% for feeling motivated to work.
If you're looking for a new workout, I recommend the 90s/2000s throwback dance workout series available on Dance with Dre's YouTube Channel. Dre's choreography incorporates fitness moves like burpees, planks, tuck jumps, squats... but not enough to make you hate your life. Instead, you'll feel joyful, inspired, sexy, strong and confident.
Learn something new - especially if your business isn't as busy as usual
You might choose to learn about your products, clients, business strategy or another topic
related directly to your personal growth.
Turn off your notifications - on all devices
The idea that being constantly available makes you a better worker is a myth. Shut off your alerts across your different devices, establish time blocks for checking messages, and watch your productivity surge.
Wondering how to be productive when you have nothing to do? Take a day off!
Whether you have nothing to do, or simply are not feeling productive today, allow yourself to take a full day dedicated to fun and/or rest. Research shows you'll do better work if you take more downtime.
Every minute of your life is gold. Are you treating it that way?
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