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October 18, 2016

Top 5 Productivity Tips | Work Smarter Not Harder

In this technologically-advanced age, we are constantly bombarded with distractions. Not only are we trying to juggle a busy workload, but also our social lives, email replies, relaxing time, family functions - the list goes on!

It is easy to keep adding things to that to-do list, but often more difficult to cross things off. We have some proven tips to help maximize your productivity every day. 

How to Be More Productive Every Day

  1. Prepare for tomorrow today.
    When you're rushing to get out the door in the morning, it's likely that something may get forgotten. Before you go to bed, set yourself up for success! Make a healthy lunch, choose your work clothes, and set out the gym bag. You'll be reassured to be hitting the pillow at night already ten steps ahead for the next day.
  2. Get up early.
    We know that this can be difficult for some, however people that rise early are often more productive. They have more time to clear their heads, and can take the time to mentally prepare for the day and check some items off their to-do list. Also, getting into work a little earlier than everyone else means you've knocked out half your emails before your co-workers have even gotten their coffee. Not a morning person? We can help you with that.
  3. Make an organized and comprehensive to-do list.
    We no longer have to leave the handwritten checklist on the fridge! There are very helpful (entirely free) apps that you can add to your phone to stay on track, with handy reminders built right in. Setting up a list and checking things off as you go will help to alleviate stress, and make you feel more productive. Arrange the list in order of urgency to help stay on top of the important stuff. You may find these apps helpful for staying healthy too!
  4. Make the most of your commute!
    Who says that the drive to and from work has to be the most tedious part of your day? Queue up some educational podcasts, or listen to an audio book. Not only will your drive be more interesting, but you may learn something new. Maybe even consider biking to the office instead of driving, and use your commute for exercise instead.
  5. Take a break.
    You may think that working through your breaks will increase productivity, but that just isn't the case. It's important to give yourself breaks throughout the day to restore your mind and de-stress. Try getting outside and doing 5-10 minutes of meditation, maybe go for a short run, have a snack (away from your desk), or search some healthy recipes for dinner. We've evolved to balance high stress with periods of rest, so this is a naturally healthy way to boost your productivity, and attack your workload.
Looking for more? Here are some simple solutions for leading a happier and healthier life.