Looking to increase your productivity?
Aren’t we all!
Regardless of your position or what industry you’re in, most of us find ourselves consistently longing for more hours in the day.
But the truth is we all have 1,440 minutes each day; it’s how you use them that counts.
While productivity ultimately comes down to your own personal situation, work routine, and habits, there’s a lot that we can learn from other people who have been there and done that.
If you’d like to supercharge your day and set yourself up for success, then it’s worth taking a leaf out of other successful people’s books and learning from what science says about energy, health, and stress.
Being productive isn’t something that can happen overnight, it takes practice and work to get into a routine that’ll benefit you and allow you to have a supercharged day, but by setting some clear-cut goals, and working towards them, you’ll be able to develop routines and habits that’ll help you to operate at your very best.
With this in mind let’s take a look at 6 ways that you can supercharge your day.
1) Tailor Your Morning Routine
Your morning routine is the foundation of your day, and in many ways, will make or break your day’s success.
Successful people know this, and by and large, most practice a consistent morning routine. While the routine itself will vary from person to person, successful people usually tailor their routines in a way that will help to set them up for the long day ahead.
Here’s a look at some ways that you can supercharge your morning.
a) Drink Water
One of the very first things you should do in the morning is rehydrating yourself. While you may be tempted to grab a coffee right away, studies have shown that rehydrating first thing has numerous benefits; some of which include boosting your metabolism and flushing out toxins.
Water also increases the oxygen that the brain receives, resulting in more alertness and energy.
b) Eat a Healthy Breakfast
Eating a healthy and nutrient-dense breakfast is another important part of a good morning routine. While most people gravitate towards something light or sweet first thing, consider eating a wholesome and healthy breakfast to give your brain and body the nutrients it needs to help you perform at your best.
Eggs, whole-grain toast, nuts, and even avocados are all healthy options that can help to keep you going, and prevent your blood sugar from getting too high, and then crashing.
You don’t have to get in an hour-long workout; even fitting in some light exercise is a great way to start the morning. A 20-minute jog or even a brisk walk can help like nothing else.
Not only will you be getting exercise, but the fresh air will also help wake you up and jumpstart your brain for a more productive day.
2) Kick It Old School
While old school tends to get overlooked in favor of new and modern, sometimes, the old ways are the best ones. When it comes to being productive, jotting down your tasks and scheduling things out can help to jumpstart your day.
Whether you use pen and paper as they did in the days of yore, or a newfangled app like Google Calendar or Calendly, making a list and scheduling out your day can help you to be prepared, and more productive.
a) Make a List
Lists never go out of fashion. Not only will a visual reminder help keep you on track, but it will also give you something to aim for, a short-term goal for the day.
Writing everything down will also help relieve your mind from the useless thoughts that are holding up production.
b) Schedule Your Day
Next, it’s important to take a few minutes to schedule out your day, taking into account the things on your to-do-list as well as daily tasks that need to be accomplished. Plan the day out to give yourself a guide to where the day should go.
Most people find it helpful to break up their day into time blocks and assign different tasks to different sections of the day.
For example, you might choose to schedule your pressing and most challenging tasks for a time that you’re most productive, while you could have a segment of time for checking and responding to emails, or taking phone calls, during a half-hour segment in the late morning and again in the afternoon.
The important thing is to find a routine that works for you. As they say, “Control your day, don’t let it control you.”
3) Get Ready Mentally
You wouldn’t think about skipping your routine to get yourself physically ready, so why should you start your day without being mentally ready?
By preparing yourself for what’s in store, you’ll be better equipped to handle everything the day throws your way.
a) Visualize Your Day
Ever tried visualization? Visualizing your day can be one of the best ways to get things off on the right track. According to Charles Duhigg, author, journalist, and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, visualization is about, “Telling ourselves stories about what we expect to occur.”
Duhigg has found that spending 10 minutes visualizing what his day is going to be like helps to sharpen his focus.
Envisioning everything that you want to accomplish, and thinking about how you’re going to accomplish them can help things go smoothly and productively.
b) Revisit Your Goals
Another great way to get yourself mentally prepared for the day ahead is to revisit your big-picture goals, or if you own your own business, your company’s mission statement.
Reviewing your vision can remind you of what you are building and where you’re going, both now and for the future.
4) Take Advantage of Your Lunch Break
Your lunch break can be for more than just fueling your body, but you might also consider also using this time to be productive in other ways as well. Consider sneaking in a workout, spending time in nature, or going for a walk; all great ways to improve your afternoon productivity.
5) Take Advantage of Tech and Tools
No, this doesn’t mean playing games on your phone or getting lost scrolling through your Facebook feed, it does mean finding and utilizing helpful tools that can help you to perform as efficiently as possible.
For a team leader or manager, this might include looking for tools for workforce management, team communication, or project management; while if you’re a sole proprietor or a startup founder you could take advantage of accounting software, goal-setting apps, or Google’s G Suite; an all-in-one website and email management solution.
6) Leave on Time
Finally, remember: busyness doesn’t always equal productivity. According to one study by The Economist, countries that put in more hours at work are less productive.
This is often true on an individual level as well. While you might have to work late sometimes, or occasionally go in early to ensure that a major project’s finished before the deadline, it’s important to make finding a work-life balance a top priority.
There will always be more work to do and more hours to put in, but having a set schedule, and arriving and leaving on time, can help you to work more productively during the hours that you’re at work.
In the end, the best way to supercharge your day is by looking to create a routine that’s best for you.
It’ll take some time as well as trial and error to discover what works for you, and what doesn’t –but soon you’ll find a routine: one that just works and helps you to be as productive and efficient as possible.