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.
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.