You start each day with a list of things to do, jotted down on a piece of paper or just in your head. But ever feel like you maybe cross only one or two things off that list, pushing the others back to the next day, and next day, and so on? Well, here are ten tips to make you more productive!
1. Budget your time. When you budget your time, just like your money, you are forced to be efficient! If you set deadlines for yourself for when tasks need to be done, you are much more likely to get these things done.
2. Go to a coffee shop. No, not so you can fill yourself with caffeine. Studies have shown that moderate noise, like that in a coffee shop, actually can help you focus. The study specifically showed a stronger performance on creative tasks. Also, being surrounded by others allows for less oxytocin in the brain to be produced, the stuff that causes stress.
3. End the multi-tasking. People believe it can be done, but it’s not helping you. Interrupting one task to do another messes with brain function and boosts hormones such as cortisol, which can actually destroy brain cells. A simple way is to clear your space, and to only allow yourself to focus on one task at a time.
4. Don’t become engrossed in the news. Reading too much news, especially a story that can bring you down, can actually cause sadness and temporary depression. Instead, save that cognitive strength for work! Read the news at night or before going to bed when the need to be productive is lessened.
5. Exercise before doing work. Studies have shown that exercise allows for you to think more clearly for up to two hours after your workout, thanks to a surge of glucose and oxygen to the brain.
6. Write your tasks down. Actually visualizing tasks instead of keeping a list in your brain lets you remember everything, and it also feels great when you can finally cross one off!
7. Eat berries. Berries have a high amount of antioxidants, which improve memory and motor skills, as well as counteracting that evil thing known as stress. Aside from berries, look for proteins that will keep you going throughout the day instead of causing a drop in your blood sugar.
By Aisling Williams
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