You Can Never Have Too Many Tips for Productivity
We started this in the last post and Breaks and Productivity. Like you, I'm always looking for more ways I can be more productive in my work. Here are three more tips for you:
Don't Forget Lunch!
How many days have you put off eating so you can finish just one more thing? Only when you finally lift your head and look around, it's almost quitting time. You're ravenous, have a splitting headache, and wonder why you didn't get as much done as you'd hoped to?
You need nourishment!
Think you can grab something at your desk and keep working? Nope. Wrong again. Here are two reasons why that's a bad plan:
Reason 1: Not focusing on your food (eating mindfully) means your brain won't register that you've eaten anything. That means you won't be satisfied. Welcome to craving central.
Reason 2: Your desk is about 400 times dirtier than a toilet seat. (Did you just lift your hands off the keyboard?) Studies have shown there are more germs on your keyboard, desk, mouse, and phone than on a toilet seat. Still sound like eating at your desk's a good idea?
Respect the Time Clock
As a business owner, you don't punch a time clock. Chances are that's one of the reasons you became a business owner. So why are you working until all hours of the night? Yes, you need to bust your butt to build and maintain a business. But it shouldn't be at the expense of your family, your personal life, and your sanity. Making business your life is a surefire path to burnout (or worse).
Don't roll your eyes. This is real. I've seen client's lives shift simply because they started practicing gratitude. It's simple. All it takes is for you to take a moment, take a breath, and take stock of what's in your life that you're grateful for. Sarah ban Breathnach started this trend when her book, Daily Abundance, was released. It's a practice she encourages all her readers to follow.
You don't need any special tools or supplies, your mind and your awareness are enough. At home, on your way to work, in the office, anywhere you are, look around you. Notice what's in your life to be grateful for.
I keep a gratitude journal that I write in each night. It's the last thing I do before turning off the light. I list five things I'm grateful for from the day or in my life. Then I fall asleep with my thoughts focused on inspiration instead of problems of the day. Better, I wake up with a positive mindset that carries into the day.
It doesn't matter when you practice gratitude, just that you do. If it's not part of your life yet, try it. It will calm you, you'll see the world in a new light, and your productivity will go through the roof.
These all sound simple enough. But like most new habits and practices, making them part of your daily routine takes consistent practice. Choose the one that feels like it will make the biggest difference for you and start there. DO NOT try to make all the changes at once!
Other people have done it, and they have the kind of smooth-running business you want. Give some of these ideas a chance so you can reclaim your time and your life and have the business you want.