How To Instantly Get More Productive and FocusedNo matter what Law of Attraction goals you’ve set, there’s a good chance that you often wonder how you could be more productive.
Maybe you suffer from a mid-afternoon slump and find yourself suddenly exhausted, or perhaps you find you just can’t focus sometimes.
Of course, there are the traditional solutions like having a nap or downing a cup of coffee. However, here are healthier, quicker and more effective ways to boost your productivity and enhance your day’s output.
Here are some of the most powerful changes you can make.
Increase Exposure To Natural LightIf you’re feeling overwhelmed or anxious, it can be tempting to curl up inside and close the blinds.
However, if you can bring yourself to go for regular walks and sit by your window during the daylight hours, you’ll likely notice a marked increase in your productivity. This is because natural light regulates the hormones that determine whether you feel alert and active—even if it’s not sunny outside.
Mood lamps and the artificial sunlight produced by light boxes can also help you feel more energetic and focused if you’re not able to get as much natural light as you would like.
Get Some ExerciseYou already know that working out helps to enhance your cardiovascular health, but it also plays a role in improving sleep quality (which in turn influences how productive you are during the day).
For example, one recent research paper explained how those who exercise for an hour a day five days a week get more hours of sleep per night and tend to feel more rested. When you exercise, you also prompt the release of endorphins that boost your mood, and when you’re happy you’re more likely to get things done!
Set Time Limits For TasksNo matter how much you love your life or your job, there are bound to be some things that you just don’t enjoy doing and that you tend to want to avoid. One way to get through these tasks (and get to more pleasurable activities!) is to commit to working for short bursts.
One popular approach involves 25 minutes of work and then a 5 minute break, repeated four times before a long 15 minute break is taken. This way, you know that the boring task is time-limited, and you’re more likely to be strict with yourself (rather than falling into the black hole of the Internet).
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Take Steps To Combat StressStudies show that 2 in 5 Americans report exhaustion and fatigue as a result of high stress levels, and this certainly puts a dent in productivity. Consequently, one of the smartest things you can do is evaluate and amend your strategies for dealing with stress.
Everyone has different preferences here, but there a few standard stress-busters that work well for most people.
For example, if you add 10 minutes of meditation to the daily creative visualization work you do when using the Law of Attraction, you may reduce not only stress levels but also your risk of suffering from depressing or anxiety. Meanwhile, taking up yoga is a great way to slow racing thoughts and increase physical flexibility at the same time.
Evaluate Your DietWhat you eat can also contribute to whether you have a productive day. In particular, foods with high fat content are proven to decrease energy levels and reduce resilience in the face of stress.
In contrast, high-fiber foods, fruits and vegetables are all great at keeping energy levels fairly constant. As a bonus, there is some evidence that they can improve immune system function.
Make Some Plans The Night BeforeYou can start your day on the right foot if you set the preconditions for productivity the previous evening.
For example, you might write out a “to do” list of tasks and stick it to the fridge or leave it on your desk so that you immediately know what you’re doing (rather than having to figure it out as you slowly wake up).
It’s often a good idea to start with a task that’s easy, then have the second task be one of the less pleasant ones so that you can spend the rest of the day on things that inspire you or that you find easier to focus on.
Don’t Work Yourself Into The GroundFinally, there’s such an important difference between being productive and draining your resources. While it’s great to meet your goals, work hard and create a life you love, it’s impossible to really enjoy that life if you don’t take time to replenish yourself and genuinely relax.
For example, try to make sure you carve out some time per day just for pursuing a favorite hobby for its own sake, and remember that it’s okay to say “no” to extra commitments if you already have too much on your plate.
Knowing your own limits is key to long-term productivity.