Today’s fast-paced, always-on culture and non-stop digital chatter makes it harder than ever to be more productive and juggle work and personal lives. However, there are some things that you can do right now to improve your productivity and enjoy a happier work-life environment. And during the busy Holiday Season, you may feel particularly stressed-out. According to a recent survey, you aren’t alone!
20+ Tips for Improving Productivity
Check out our 20+ tips to help increase your productivity, reduce stress levels and maintain a better work-life balance. Here’s a sneak peak of five of them (in no particular order):
Slow down and take a breath. Infact take a few deep breaths throughout your day. Don’t waste precious time thinking about the past or worrying about the future. Give your full attention to whatever it is that you are doing in this moment… focus on the now.
“If we are not fully ourselves, truly in the present moment, we miss everything.”- Thich Nhat Hanh
Prioritize your day and accomplish more. Do everything as quickly and effectively as you can. Tackle your most important projects early in the day when you’re more alert and productive. Make a daily to-do list and don’t sweat the small stuff.
Resist the impulse to multi-task. Studies show that while multi-tasking, womens’ IQs drop an average of 5 points and mens’ drop 15 points. Focus on one thing at a time and boost your productivity.
Don’t be afraid to say “No” – you don’t have to do it all. Delegate when you can.
“The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say ‘no’ to almost everything.” – Warren Buffet
Exercise. Feel better physically, mentally and emotionally. Make exercise a habit and do something that you enjoy (walking, biking, jogging, swimming, yoga, pilates, tennis) so you’ll have a better chance of sticking to it. Join a health club or get support and motivation by working out with an exercise buddy.
“Motivation is what gets you started, habit is what keeps you going.”- John Rohn