I have a question for you. Are you busy or productive?. I find people busy in life, occupy in life. what is the end result is the most exciting and fabulous point.
How is your energy level during the day and especially when you are meeting challenges?
In order to stay highly productive, it’s essential to develop habits that replenish our energy reserves. Here are three keys that help accomplish this. They’re somewhat counter-intuitive and often overlooked, but don’t be fooled by their simplicity. For years they’ve allowed me to accomplish about 50% more than most people do.
High Productivity Strategy #1: Take Breaks
This is the most counter-intuitive of the three strategies and most people I know struggle with it. After all, how can you become more productive by not working? Here’s why it works:
Most of us have the capacity to stay focused, concentrate well and work hard for about 2-2.5 hours. After that, our focus, accuracy and creativity tend to drop. Ever notice that first thing in the morning you’re able to work quickly, efficiently, and accurately, but as the day wears on, our pace and enthusiasm wane? By taking a 20-30-minute break every 2-2.5 hours, you recharge yourself and return to work with the same enthusiasm you had at the beginning of the day. The secret to maximizing the impact of your breaks is what you do during them. This leads to our second strategy for high productivity.
High Productivity Strategy #2: Eat Strategically
Most people think about what to eat in terms of weight loss or general health, but nutrition also serves another important purpose.
What and when we eat control our blood sugar levels. When our blood sugar drops too low, our productivity, focus, and creativity suffer. Remember that mid-afternoon “crash”? It’s due to a drop in blood sugar (often as a consequence of a carb-laden lunch). Eating strategically means eating protein, fat, and some carbohydrate during your breaks. This mix controls the pace at which nutrition is absorbed, stabilizes your blood sugar level, and provides essential nutrients to your brain and your muscles.
High Productivity Strategy #3: Get Restful Sleep
Getting a sufficient number of hours of restful sleep allows your body to repair itself and your mind to process ideas and problems. Insufficient or restless sleep will cause a lack of mental sharpness, anxiety, and poor emotional control.
In order to get a restful night’s sleep, avoid caffeine late in the day and avoid eating a heavy, fat-laden, carbohydrate-laden meal late in the evening. Caffeine will keep you from falling asleep quickly and eating a late, heavy meal will cause your body to work hard digesting while you sleep instead of attending to the other tasks necessary for recharging and revitalization.
Managing your energy reserves combined with prioritization of tasks will make you a productivity superstar. Get in the habit of taking breaks every couple of hours, eat strategically throughout the day, and adopt a lifestyle that allows you to get restful sleep.