How to improve productivity is the quest for many who would like to get more done in less time. When you feel your productivity has really hit a real wall and you are really struggling with it, it is a good idea to go right back to basics and address some really fundamental areas that have a massive impact on your productivity levels, but are often overlooked.

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5 Powerful But Often Overlooked Ways To Improve Productivity

Improve productivityHow to improve productivity is the quest for many who would like to get more done in less time.

When you feel your productivity has really hit a real wall and you are really struggling with it, it is a good idea to go right back to basics. Make the time to address some really fundamental areas that have a massive impact on your productivity levels, but are often overlooked.

5 Powerful but often overlooked ways to improve productivity:

1. Get better quality sleep

Lack of sleep makes you feel lousy. But more importantly, it dramatically reduces the ability to function effectively, both mentally and physically.

2. Exercise

Regular exercise keeps your mind alert. An alert mind is a more effective mind. If you are thinking effectively it is much easier to stay productive.

3. Take regular breaks

When we have a lot to do it is easy to fall into the trap of keeping pushing on no matter what thinking we don’t have time to stop. Big mistake. This approach results in dwindling productivity levels. Regular breaks boost productivity. Build them into your schedule every day.

4. Eat better

What we eat has a massive impact on how we feel AND how the brain functions. So if you are eating stuff that has a negative impact on your body and brain, that is going to have a negative impact on your productivity.

5. Foster the habit of self discipline

Having all those fancy apps and gadgets to manage your productivity is all well and good but it is you that has to use them and do the work. Without self discipline that just isn’t going to happen. Self discipline is one of the most powerful productivity boosters that there is. Yet rarely do people focus on proactively improving it.

If you were expecting some high tech, rocket science type productivity revelations and feel this is all too basic then I am sorry to disappoint. But the reality is that improving productivity is totally driven by you and your ability to perform and focus at your optimum levels. All five of the points above are powerful contributors to that.

If you need more reasons to work on the points above, then keep in mind that they don’t just help you improve and maintain your productivity levels. They also have a big impact on things like effective decision making, creative thinking, positive thinking, problem solving, quality of life – the list could go on.

So, if you are up for a challenge, I encourage you to pick one of the points above. Research it fully, learn about it, commit to finding ways of improving it in your own life and take action to make it so. Stick with it. Notice the difference it makes in your life and business.

If you feel ready to take on an even bigger challenge, create a plan to tackle all five of the points above and work it full out for at least a month and see the difference for yourself.

Have fun playing with this and do let me know how you get on with it in the comments below.

If you have any powerful productivity booster tips please feel free to share them in the comments below.

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  • Alex Barker

    It’s funny. Your first four tips are what I advice my patients with any chronic disease. Lesson is, when you don’t do these productive tips for your life, it can lead to poor health consequences.

  • So true Alex. I think often people are looking for solutions outside of themselves and don’t realise the tremendous power and value that lies in creating a top notch self care programme.

  • Katherine Lewis

    I agree 100% with this post! I did click through thinking I would see the latest app and advice on to-do lists. But these are more powerful and important tools. Especially #1. Enough sleep makes everything better. Thanks for the reminder.

  • Patty

    I agreed with all of this in theory, but could never put it into practice, until this past year when I started exercising in earnest. I trained for a triathlon (and I was a total couch potato before) and discovered I HAD to rest, and I had to eat properly for fuel. I had to be disciplined about my workouts and that meant doing everything else more efficiently. The changes were physical and mental and affected every part of my life. So if anyone finds the whole list too daunting I encourage you to start with exercise, and a lot of the rest will follow. Thanks for the post!

  • Hi Katherine, yes sleep is critical. And the combination of sleep, nutrition and exercise is tranformational. So important to make those three things a priority.

  • Wow Patty, that is truly inspiring. Congratulations.

  • Mona (Moxie-Dude)

    These are all great tips – for productivity and every area of your life. And I’m going to add one: be mindful. If productivity is your goal, being mindful of how you spend your time will help you with #5 Fostering the habit of self-discipline 🙂

  • Great addition ot the list Mona. Thank you.

  • yeah…i gotta work on self-discipline. just a bit more. i swear I have adult adhd.

  • I think of self discipline like a muscle – the more you work it and exercise it the stronger it grows and the more effective it becomes.

  • Thanks for these great tips! I needed a refresher course on being more productive!

  • Glad you found it useful Ellen.

  • Jyl Johnson Pattee

    Right now, I want to take a nap. And because you emphasized high quality sleep, I think this post gives me permission LOL! But in all seriousness, we often make the mistake that running until we can’t run anymore is what = productivity when really, the most productive people are making time to re-energize, refuel, and live a healthy lifestyle. Thanks so much for the reminder!

  • Wow, this is great. I honestly believe that all of those ideas could be used anyone including me. Isn’t is surprising the common sense ideas always work the very best. Thank you.

  • Very, very good advice. Really!