Productivity is about taking control of your time. You hit your work goals and you enjoy your life, it's about achieving the much lured after work/life/balance.
In order to take control of your day, there are some simple but effective lifestyle habits you can introduce. By gaining control of your days, you win hours, you can build a life you love and pursue your goals. Create your own win/win by incorporating these easy habits.
Productivity lifestyle habits
1.Write your to-do list before bed
Why? You know exactly what you need to do when you wake up, no time wasting, no forgetting, you can just get up and get on with it.
2. Wake up early
A simple but highly effective way to win hours. Make this extra time your competitive edge. Imagine waking up at 6 am and having at least two extra hours of productivity before you have to go anywhere. Just try it for a week and if it works for you, it won't be difficult to make this part of your routine.
Exercise is life. It gives you more energy, it gives you more determination and studies show that it makes you more productive.
As you age, your body generates fewer and fewer brain cells (a process called neurogenesis). However, early research in mice suggests that exercise can help prevent this slowdown. So, people who exercise might have more brain cells as they age, in comparison to their more sedentary peers, obviously giving them an advantage in the workplace.
In the short term, an exercise routine can give you more energy throughout the day. If you're feeling fatigued and have the opportunity to go the gym, do it. For those of us with less flexible schedules, exercising in the morning, before your workday, can make the world of difference.
4. Write a productivity journal
Start to notice when you procrastinate and what triggers it. Note what time of the day you hit a slump and how best you overcome it. By being self-aware of how you reach "ultimate productivity" you can make the best of your days, every day.
5. Focus on hours, not goals
This not only makes more sense but it drives you to complete more work. I can't go home until I finish this project, is more productive than, I can go home after working for eight hours, three of which may have involved heavy procrastination.
6. Don't be afraid of productive breaks
You are not a machine, you cannot keep working until you feel confused or unmotivated. Taking just a 15-minute break can refresh your mind and make you so much more productive for the rest of the day.