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Increasing Your Productivity

DARREN HAYS 08.06.2018

We are all very busy people. More than likely we have all wished for a few extra hours in the day to help get through our hectic to-do lists. As a business owner and developer I am constantly jumping in and out of unique and challenging projects so I am always on the lookout for ways to increase my efficiency. In this article I go over a few tips that I have found extremely helpful in increasing my performance.

Meditate
Studies on meditation are finding more health and wellness benefits than previously expected. Meditation is an ancient technique that clears the mind and allows release from the stresses of the day. It has been found that mindfulness training with meditation can also improve performance by increasing your ability to resists distraction. Just 10 to 20 minutes of meditation a day provides a boost to mental clarity, memory, mood, and focus and it doesn’t cost a penny.

Use Caffeine Wisely
Most Americans reach for a cup of coffee to give them the morning boost they need to get the day started. Using caffeine as a pick me up can be beneficial to productivity as long as it is used wisely. A cup of coffee contains 100-200mg of caffeine, which is the perfect amount to increase focus and attention. It has been shown that moderate caffeine consumption can even help you learn faster. Always be aware of the amount of caffeine you are consuming, too much can cause anxiety and overuse can lead to tolerance and dependency. Taking a week or two off of caffeine every few months can give your body a much needed reset so you can get the most bang for your buck out of your morning cup.

Exercise
Everyone knows that exercise is great for your health. It has also been shown that regular physical exercise increases the amount of mitochondria within cells. Mitochondria are the “power plant” of the cell, more of these equates to more energy throughout the day making it easier to power through mentally and physically taxing tasks. Exercise can also provide a boost to your mood which can help make even the most tedious work a little more bearable. It has been shown that 2.5 to 7 hours of weekly physical activity is the sweet spot for benefits on productivity and mental well-being.

Get Better Sleep
Getting a better night’s sleep has tons of benefits. Ensuring that you are well rested improves memory, concentration, and decision making skills. Optimal sleep gives you more energy throughout the day and prevents burnout. It is easier said than done, but having a healthy sleep schedule can do wonders for workplace performance.

Take A Break
This one may seem a little counterintuitive, but it has been shown that taking breaks once an hour increases overall productivity. Allowing your brain to pause for a few minutes provides a recharge that allows you to regain the focus needed to get through whatever you are doing. If you are feeling burnt out get up and stretch, take a short walk/jog, or grab a cup of tea or coffee to get the creative juices flowing again.

Make a checklist
Making a list of the things you need to accomplish can help boost productivity. Human memory has its limits. Making a list of the steps needed to get a job done is a great organization tool to ensure that it gets completed correctly without missing a beat. As an added bonus, every time you cross an item off of your to-do list you are rewarded with a small dose of dopamine. This helps make being productive fun and fulfilling.

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