Tips for Being More Productive
Once in a while, we working folk need a little pick-me-up to cut through the long hours. We plow through the day hunched over at our desks, at one point reaching the time when our brain just hits a wall. Then everything starts to drop. For a machine to continue to function optimally, every single thing needs to be working at their best. So what does one do when that wall comes up to clog up productivity? Not much really.
Set a long-term goal for yourself. If you’re still in the process of exploring, then set small goals to work with one at a time. As a member of society, what can you do to fix the problems you want to fix? What are your strengths, what are your weaknesses, what do you need to improve on – and start with that. Ask yourself what you want to be doing, and then act on it. Find a role model and find out how they got successful. From then it’s just learning, researching and understanding the roads to get there. At least you’ll get an idea on what to do so you won’t be stagnant. As long as your interest is there, you’ll be able to progress.
In order to push yourself, you need to be aware of what motivates you. Remember why you started doing what you do in the first place, and where you want to eventually reach. It’s good to have some sort of competition that will get you up and going, a lot of us like a good challenge and don’t like to lose. Be stubborn, be proud – have it in your mind that you don’t want to get beaten down by things in life. Finally, being stubborn pays off
Burning yourself out for 6-7 hours straight will do more harm than good (if it will even do anything). It only puts on unnecessary stress and pressure on you as well as dull your interest in your work. Taking short, regular breaks can help refuel you mentally and physically so that you won’t feel so sluggish throughout the day. This is a mindset popular in Europe, especially work ethic powerhouses like Germany, where they have short working hours but are high on output. In some places you’re not even encouraged to answer any work-related e-mail during offdays! It’s about being smart with the time you have. Within these short hours of work, you give it everything you got. You go all out. Then take a break and leave your work alone. Go out, take a walk, have a healthy snack. Just don’t be near your work. After your break, come back and you go all out again. Knowing when to pause or stop helps your mind to refresh and keep you from feeling like you’re slaving your time away. It’s an effective way to keep energy and mood levels up too.
Everyone gets stuck in a rut once in a while. Artists, writers, businessmen, you name it. However that doesn’t mean you can just kick back and wait for inspiration to strike. Put the project you’re currently stuck on aside temporarily, and work on something else. If not, do something you enjoy or try something new. Just keep your brain or your limbs going while being able to take a mental break from your project. This way you expose yourself to new ideas that could help you continue your work. Don’t wait for inspiration, go out and look for it. Who knows – you might bump into something that will really bring your project to fruition.
Don’t Forget Your Lifestyle
Yes, we can work hard and play hard – but that doesn’t mean we can forget our health. There’s no point in going all out overtime when your health is suffering. An exhausted mind and a weak body will do nothing for your creativity and productivity. Working 24/7 can negatively affect not only your health but your personal life – which will impact your happiness overall. No sad person wants to work. If anything, you’re just risking putting yourself out of work for days if your health plummets. Eat well, get sufficient sleep, socialize… Basically, remember to live, for a person’s life extends