Having productive work habits makes your boss happier of your work and lowers down your stress levels. When you’re more focused on simply getting things done, you start feeling exhausted, scattered and stressed. However, if you’re engaged in doing what you’re doing, the doing process relieves you of the stress and make you more productive!
So how can we adopt this “engaged productivity” in our lives to face our distractions, and our low-level urgency anxiety?
Here are five simple things you can do to make today more productive.
#1 Write a To-Do List
I am not asking you to write a long list of “101 things to do today”. Just set 3-5 goals you need to complete before you take a break. That doesn’t mean you may not get more done, but it may take the pressure off to shove in as much as possible. Also the feeling of striking through an item with a pen is often so satisfying and may act as an incentive when you get something done.
#2 Clear off distractions
Before you start your work for the day, be sure to clear off your desk, shut done all unimportant tabs on your computer, turn off/silent your phone, and close your door if your workspace has one. Keep the stuff that will catch your eye or ear or pull your thoughts away from what you are doing away from your reach.
#3 Take Breaks
I know focusing too much can drain a lot of energy and doing too much for a long-time may make your productive day unproductive. To save your day be sure to break down your goal into 25-minute intervals with at least 5 minutes of breaks. During this break, you could stand up and stretch, close your eyes and take deep breaths, look out the window, Jog in place or use the restroom (well, without stopping to talk with that beautiful/handsome co-worker). Also after completion of a goal, give yourself a bigger break where you can grab a bite to eat, check emails, reply to calls, etc.
#4 Reward Yourself
No matter how long it took be sure to take time and celebrate what you’ve accomplished. It’s important to reward yourself, it acts as a motivation to do the next task of the day. Additionally, be sure to reflect on your day and list down the things that worked and what didn’t. It may help you to plan your goals better for the next day. Reflection may not only increase your future productivity, but will also give your brain time to de-stress.
Relax, don’t be so hard on yourself… Keeping working on yourself every day! Master the Day to Master your Life!
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