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Morning routine tweaks to boost productivity

Boost Productivity

We all could use a boost of energy, productivity and self-control at the start of our day. Research has found a direct link between self-control and our energy levels, moreover this link is also finite and diminishes as the day goes by much like our muscles.

Like it or not, as the day goes by we all tend to lose and find it more difficult to exert self-control and focus on our job and tasks. As we lose self-control we start to feel tired and find it more difficult to complete tasks. There is also a direct negative effect on our mood.

This loss of self-control and exhaustion as the day goes by has a negative effect on our productivity, thus making the morning hours the most important and part of the day. It is the morning hours that we are most productive and should tackle our most difficult and important tasks.

The trick is not just to work during the morning hours but to do things that will increase our energy levels and make it last as long as possible. Research has revealed a few simple thing you can to do in the morning in order to maximize your energy throughout the day and boost productivity.

Whether you are a morning person or not, here are a few tips and tricks to incorporate into your daily morning routine to boost your day:

Begin the day with exercise – As little as 10 minute of exercise in the morning gets our neurotransmitter going and make our brain feel soothed and keeps our impulses in control.

Lemon and water – Before exercising, have a glass of lemon water to help spike your energy levels physically and mentally. Lemon helps to provide a steady level of energy that last the entire day and helps our stomach to absorb nutrients.

Avoid technology – Try to avoid any screen time which will detract you and make you lose focus and succumb to the needs and ants of other people. Keep the first hour of the day for you and set a positive calm tone for the day.

Don’t skip on a real breakfast – We always hear that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A healthy breakfast will help to avoid obesity, stabilize your blood-sugar levels, and help to avoid that hunger feeling over the course of the day. A healthy breakfast will make your day more productive.

Set a daily goal – People who set realistic and concrete goals generally have a higher level of confidence and feeling of control . When setting daily goals, make sure they are realistic and achievable. Unrealistic goals will only set you up for failure and disappointment.

Make sure your workspace is clean – When you arrive at work make sure to clean your workspace which will help you to increase your even of concentration. Research has shown that people who work in a clean workspace out-perform people with a cluttered space.

Start the day with your toughest tasks – Given that your energy levels and productivity are the highest in the morning, it is advisable to tackle the most difficult and important task first. Jump right into your task even before you check your email and social media and avoid any forms of distraction.

Create a to-do list with time parameters – To-do list help us not forget things but they can be misleading at times. Generally, to-do lists tell you about things to do but do not take into account the number of hours you have in the day. Adding time frames to your to-do list will help you to become a whole lot more productive. It will help you to avoid procrastinating or multi-tasking in order to complete things within the allotted time.

Don’t go over meeting schedules – Meeting are generally the biggest time wasters and can ruin your productive mornings. Don’t let your meeting drag on forever and over the schedules time allocated. Setting an sticking to meeting times will help motivate everyone to stay focused and efficient.

Never multitask – It is very tempting to try multitask in the morning when you are full of energy but it will set your whole day back. Many research studies have shown that multitasking is less productive than doing a single thing at a time. People that are bombarded with several streams of electronic information cannot pay attention, recall information, or switch from one job to another as well as those who tackle one task at a time. Multitasking reduces not performance and efficiency .

Learn to say ’No’ – Learning to say no is probably the most powerful and empowering word to learn to say and protect your precious morning routine. Being able to say no to new commitments will honor your existing commitments and allow you to complete your task that you set out to do. Not being able to say no will only increase your stress levels and hasten burnout and depression.


How to avoid employee turnover and improve productivity

Employee turnover

We often hear managers complaining that their best employees are leaving, when they really have nothing to complain about. Employee turnover can be extremely costly and disruptive for any business. Managers will always find any excuse to explain employee turnover and why their employees are leaving.

Today, young professionals feel empowered and are prepared to leave their job to find that job and career they love. They are not afraid to hop from one job to another until they find the right fit and work environment.

The ideal work environment is where employees are thrilled and excited to show up for work every day. Sadly, research has shown that the majority of employees feel disengaged in the workplace. What this means is that the majority of a company’s workforce are watching the clock until clock out time.

To understand why there is high employee turnover, you need to understand what management is doing wrong. Here are few ideas that can be avoided and all that is needed is a new perspective and some extra effort on the manager’s part.

  • Overworking employees
  • Unable to recognize employee contributions and rewarding good work.
  • Not encouraging employees to feel connected and engaged with the company culture.
  • Lack of empathy or caring for employees.
  • Not honoring promises and commitments.
  • Hiring incorrectly and promoting the wrong people.
  • Not allowing employees to follow and pursue their passions.
  • Failure to encourage and develop employee skills.
  • Not encouraging or recognizing employee creativity.
  • Inability to challenge employees intellectually so that they feel motivated.

While understanding what is being done wrong there are also a few things to prevent current employees from searching for a new job:

  • Provide job security and growth opportunities for employees.
  • Make sure that your employees are having fun and feeling productive.
  • Pay employees what they deserve so that they don’t feel underpaid.
  • Focus and give more attention to employee health and wellbeing.
  • Improve communication so that all employees are on the same page.
  • Manage employee career paths so that they feel they have a long-term career within your organization.
  • Make sure employees understand their purpose in your organization and job description.
  • Strive to find better ways to facilitate engagement instead of money.
  • Put yourself in the shoes of your employee to better understand someone else job, role and responsibilities.
  • Give praise when it due and deserved for good work on a regular basis.

In summary, to avoid employee turnover, managers need to think carefully about how they treat and interact with their employees.


How to get things done faster and better at work

Increase your Productivity

It not about the hours you put in or how hard you work, all that counts is results. Have you noticed that when you look around the office everyone is at their desk hard at work, but somehow there are always those people who are able to get more done.

Many studies have shown that there are many external influences that influence productivity from office environments, motivation, and personal health impacts, however there are also personal productivity attributes that contribute to being more productive.

We all want to get through our daily tasks, whether it is work we have to do so that we can get to the things that we want to do. This might be a crazy idea, but I bet there are those that avoid getting things done a work, but not on purpose. This might be because you are struggling with motivation or overdosing on caffeine. Whatever the issue, getting focused takes lots of time and effort.

You might feel that you are overwhelmed by the never-ending to-do list or distracted by social media, sometimes it feels that you just cannot get enough done and that there are not enough hours in the day.

Here are a few ways to help you increase your productivity:

  • Avoid multitasking and focus on what is in front of you. Slow down and work more deliberately.
  • Assign less time on important tasks and crate a sense of urgency and avoid procrastination.
  • Make sure you do the most important daily task first thing at the start of your day or shift.
  • Focus on work that is more critical and assign more activities as unimportant. All business task are not equal.
  • Take midday break and go to the gym, take a run, or walk to help boost your energy level.
  • Don’t set things aside hoping you’ll have time to deal with them later. Either do it, schedule it for later, delegate the task, or file it.
  • Meeting are time-consuming and should be scheduled and kept to a minimum.
  • Create a daily to-do lists and avoid those huge long lists.
  • When reading your email decide what you want to do with each message immediately. Either deal with it or add it to your to-do list.
  • There is nothing wrong staring at a blank screen and procrastination. It can make you a more productive employee. Adopt a strategy of recognizing and using one’s procrastinating tendencies to get stuff done.
  • Make sure you break ups day and take short break during the day to help you keep focused and energized.
  • Tidy your workspace and reduce the clutter.
  • Kickstart your productivity and learn to say no to fellow employees who ask you to do things and increase your workload.
  • Shut off all social media and unplug when you have more important to do on your desk.
  • Make sure you get enough sleep which is essential for your health, learning and awareness.
  • Turn off your phone and don’t check your email.
  • Make sure to have a good balance between work and personal time.
  • Focus on your top three tasks to better manage your time, energy, and attention.
  • Distractions like your cellphone, snacks and peer conversations are the enemy of productivity, so keep them at a distance and move away from them.
  • Wake up earlier and get an early start before other arrive and impose on your time.
  • Start brainstorming and use mind maps to generate ideas. Don’t worry if the ideas are good or not, just get out of your head.
  • Sign up for a time management course

There is huge value to being more productive. Reduced costs, improved competitiveness, better employee morale. Higher productivity can mean the difference between success and failure. So find the right approach that works for you.


Energy tips to boost your day and productivity

Energy and fatigue tips

Everyone has one of those days (or night) feeling all out drained of energy and no matter what you do, you cannot psych yourself up. Do you experience those days sitting at your desk feeling sleep deprived and cannot stop yawning? Most of us can always use a boost to improve our energy levels, productivity, and self-control.

Researchers found that there is a direct link between self-control and energy, also they are finite. Normally, as the day goes on, our bodies start to experience difficulty with self-control and ability to focus on work and tasks. As our energy drains during the day our self-control wears out, we begin to feel tired and it becomes more difficult to do basic tasks. Worst of all, our mood sours.

To avoid loss of energy, follow these tips and transform your body into a fatigue-fighting machine:

  • Start the day with exercise.
  • Drink some lemon juice first thing in the morning.
  • Avoid checking your email, texts messages, and social media until after breakfast.
  • Make sure to eat a real breakfast avoid those hunger feeling during the day.
  • Get up from your desk and take a walk around the block.
  • Avoid energy drinks that offer a near-instant hyperactivity boost, but they always result in a crash.
  • Confront your stress and manage your anger.
  • If you can, take a power nap for 5-10 minutes.
  • Get organized and plan your day. When you are organized you don’t have to wast energy keeping track of things.
  • Avoid this midday cocktails and alcohol at lunch.
  • Increase your water consumption. It is easy to confuse signals of hunger with thirst.
  • Increase your whole grain consumption and keep your blood sugar levels constant.
  • Don’t be afraid to have a power snack in-between meals.
  • Eat lots of berries especially blue, red, and purple.
  • If your fatigue continues it might be a good idea to check your thyroid function and have a complete blood cell count.
  • If you are a smoker…QUIT.

How to be more productive and efficient

Increase your Productivity

Working harder is not always the key to success. Working productively, however, can produce far better results. As we all know, time is a limited commodity. The key success is not about working harder, rather it is about working smarter. There is a huge distinction between being busy and being productive.

Being busy does not necessity mean you are being more productive. It is less about time management and more about how you manage your energy each day. To be more productive you need to be able to spend the least amount of energy to get the most benefits.

Being a productive person is more about being able to work smarter, not harder, and making the most out of every day. Easier said than done, but getting more done every day in the least amount of time is achievable if you are not sabotaging yourself with bad habits.

To be more productive takes a serious amount of determination and thought. Here are few things you can change in your daily routine to be a more productive both at home and at work:

  • Avoid impulsive web browsing and getting sidetracked when surfing the net.
  • Stop multitasking and do not believe that multitasking is a better way to get things done.
  • Refrain from constantly checking your email throughout the day.
  • Always do your most important tasks and work earlier in the day.
  • Start automating all those repetitive tasks.
  • Avoid taking too many meetings. Nothing disrupts the flow of productivity like an unnecessary meeting.
  • A daily exercise routine is not healthy but also increases productivity.
  • Improve your time management skills and sign up for a course.
  • Tidy up your to-do list. If it is not absolutely necessary the get rid of it.
  • Try not be a perfectionist. The more perfectionist you are, the less productive you become.
  • Reduce your working day from 10 to 8 hours and work week form 6 to 5 days. The more you work, the less effective and productive you are going to become over both short and long-term.
  • Get rid of all those time thieves, activities or situations that distract or interrupt you from performing better.
  • Make sure you are always hydrated during the day.
  • Challenge your thoughts and develop a more productive mindset. Productive people think very differently than others.
  • Do not sit all day. Rather forego coffee or fluorescent-lighted conference-room meetings for a walking meeting.
  • Try getting an early start and make more time for productive work.
  • Schedule your more important tasks during your peak performance times.
  • Learn to delegate and avoid trying to do everything yourself.
  • Prioritize your goals. Having lots of goals does not translate into success.
  • Meticulous planning of your daily routine and schedule does not make you more productive given that things don’t always go according to plan.
  • Never charge your phone next to your bed overnight and let that LED screen damage your vision and suppress production of melatonin.