As life pre-pandemic slowly starts to reemerge, it is a great opportunity for you to begin putting your best foot forward and honing in on how you can better yourself. One great thing you can attempt to tackle is to work towards being more productive in a day. By focusing on getting the most out of your days you are ensuring that you are not taking your time for granted.
Below is a breakdown of a general routine geared toward productivity with some helpful productivity hacks. While the routine may not work for everyone, it provides a rough outline of what a productive day may look like. With this information, you can tailor your own productivity routine to get more out of your day.
The morning is a period of time that is generally underutilized from a productivity standpoint. For those that are night owls, mornings typically involve dragging your feet and stumbling to the coffee machine to get a caffeine boost to get you through the morning.
The truth is you don’t need to be a morning person to take advantage of your mornings. Mornings set a precedence for how the rest of your day will be. Getting your day going in the morning can give you the momentum needed to keep your productivity up all day long.
Below are a few things you can include in your morning to get you up, moving, and motivated to tackle the day head-on.
Exposure to sunlight ASAP
Regardless of when your prime hours of the day are, getting exposure to natural sunlight as soon as possible after you wake up is a great way to feel invigorated and get past morning grogginess.
Humans throughout evolutionary history have tied their internal clocks to the hours of sunlight and darkness. This close relationship is hardwired into your brain and by getting exposure to the bright and warm glow of sunshine, you are telling your body that it is time to wake up and get moving.
As described previously, your mornings set a mood for the rest of your day. Starting your morning off with a workout is a great way to get your heart pumping and body ready for the day ahead. Mornings are also usually when gyms are fairly empty which means you can spend more time exercising and less time waiting for a machine to open up.
A common misconception is that workouts would tire you out and while you can certainly get exhausted from an intense workout, generally working out can improve perceived energy levels throughout the day.
Set goals for the day
After waking up and getting settled, taking the time to look at what you have to accomplish and setting goals for the day is a great way to improve the use of your mornings while also increasing your motivation to get to work.
With work from home, it can be difficult to stay on top of work while also having all the distractions of home around you. Setting and writing out your goals for the day help to get you in the zone to get stuff done and be productive with your time.
Breakfast is often cited as the most important meal of the day and this is for good reason. While you are sleeping for eight hours your body is fasting. Eating breakfast can give your body the energy it needs to feel more awake and to fuel your morning workout or the rest of the day.
In addition to breakfast, you can take MitoQ Brain 30 minutes before breakfast to help support your cellular energy and mental clarity. With a supported basis of cellular energy, MitoQ can ensure your body is getting the most energy it can at a cellular level. With supported and energized cells, you set your body up for a successful day with a better chance of having more sustained natural energy levels.
The afternoon is typically when productivity first starts to dwindle. The post-lunch slump and mid-day drag kick in and it can feel like your body is just losing steam.
Similarly to the morning, you need to keep the momentum of your day going by taking action to retain your productivity, focus, and motivation. Below is a look at a few things you could incorporate into your afternoon to stay productive.
Utilize a work cycle
Popularized by the Pomodoro technique, work cycles are a way of breaking up your work into bite-sized chunks to make large tasks much more manageable.
A Pomodoro work cycle consists of 25-minute sprints that are broken up by 5-minute breaks. During the 25-minute sprint, you are only allowed to focus on the task at hand. After working for 25 minutes you are allotted a 5-minute break where you can surf the internet, stretch, and do whatever you would like. After the break, you go back into another 25-minute sprint.
Using a work cycle is a great way to sustain productivity for long periods of time. The sprints are short enough to avoid fatigue yet long enough to allow you to get things done. The break periods give your mind a break which allows you to focus better during the sprints.
Eat a nutritious lunch
Fueling your body with good nutrition is a great way to help support your productivity. If you choose a lunch that is super heavy you will most likely feel lethargic and will just want to take a nap.
Having a refreshing lunch is a great way to get your body fueled while also not making you want to fall asleep while you are at work. Knowing that you are taking care of your body through your diet can also give you reassurance and confidence that can carry you through the rest of your day.
The evenings represent the period of time in which you can relax and unwind from a day of hard work. While it can be tempting to keep your productivity train rolling full steam ahead, the evenings are a time where you should unwind and truly let go of the day.
Working non-stop may feel like you are being productive, but it is really a self-defeating endeavor. Working non-stop will cause you to burn out and in the days following an all-nighter, you will be unproductive and tired. The more sustainable method is to be as productive as you can in the hours you are given in the day and to spend the evening unwinding and decompressing to feel rejuvenated and ready to tackle the next day.
While evenings should be reserved for rest, there are calming actions you can do to make the most of your relaxation and facilitate a more productive tomorrow.
Assess your day
With your goals from the morning in hand, you can sit down and review how your day went and if you were able to meet all of your goals. If you were unable to meet a particular goal you can make note of it and assign it to your list for the next day.
Reviewing your day in this fashion allows you to feel like you achieved something and also lets you let go of worries that you may have about something you were unable to get around to. By assigning it to the following day you can be reassured knowing that you will get to it tomorrow.
Reviewing your days also gives you a better idea of what is possible to accomplish in a day which will lead to more realistic goal setting. You can also see if there are areas for improvement that could further your ability to get things done and productivity.
An example of how reviewing your day can increase productivity would be if you were consistently unable to get in a morning workout. By seeing this trend you could potentially move your workout to your lunch break where you typically have a lot of downtime.
Get ready for the next day
You may have heard of people that choose their outfits the night before, or you may even be one of them. This is a great way of alleviating stress in the morning which allows you to focus more on things that matter like getting your morning workout in or creating goals for the day.
In addition to choosing your outfit for the next day, you can pre-pack your work bag in addition to laying out your wallet, badge, and car keys for an easy grab and go. With less time spent trying to find your possessions, you gain precious minutes that could be utilized more productively.
There is no single routine that will guarantee that you are productive. Productivity is about tapping into your motivation and utilizing it to get work done in an efficient manner. People are motivated by different actions and if you are able to tap into your motivation you can effectively create the perfect productivity routine for you.
Utilizing the above routine as a framework can give you a good starting point for creating a productive routine that fits into your life.