In this guest post by Jorge Blanco, you’re going to have a closer look at two great tips that will help you become more productive at home and at work.
In the previous article, we already discussed how to increase productivity and what hinders productivity, so now we move on to taking a closer look at the two mentioned tips on part 1: develop a morning habit and be in a work-friendly environment.
1. Develop a Morning Habit
Starting your day right through a morning habit is a great way to increase productivity. This ensures that you are in tiptop shape, mentally, physically, and emotionally, to get some work done.
This is fundamentally a routine that you will go through every morning. Feel free to do the steps in the order you see fit.
Rise Early – Waking up early is a good habit to develop as it gives you extra time to do things for yourself and for your morning routine. Try rising an hour earlier than usual. It might feel to be very early, but if you sleep early and ensure you get 8 hours of sleep, you won’t have a problem waking up at this hour.
Exercise – A short 15 minute stretching will do, but a 30 minute jog or exercise would be excellent. Exercise contributes to good circulation and thus, pumps you up with energy after cool down.
Eat a Healthy Breakfast – Don’t work on an empty stomach. Eat something packed with nutrients and energizing. You can pair it with a healthy drink for added nutrition. As long as you have the necessary nutrients that are essential in a healthy breakfast, you’ll be one step closer to a productive day.
Take a Shower –Beyond hygiene, taking a shower is a way to feel refreshed in the morning. Start with a warm shower and use cold water for the final rinse. This will eliminate the sleepy feeling you get after a warm hot bath and will surely wake you up if you’re still drowsy.
Prepare Your Workspace –An ideal workspace is clean, tidy, organized, and clutter free. Clean up and keep it organized. Make sure your desk has nothing on it except for some essential items on the sides and corners.
Set Your Daily Targets – Write or make a to-do list for the day, in order of importance with a target time for each. You can opt to do this the previous night, so that, in the morning, you’ll only need to review your list and save time.
2. Be in a Work-Friendly Environment
The goal for being in a work-friendly environment is to gain focus and be rid of distractions that will only delay your work and hinder productivity. An ideal environment is like a library – quiet and clean.
Quiet – Reading in the library can be difficult if the people around you are noisy. It is the same at work. Hence, eliminate unnecessary noise.
In the office, reserve chitchat and non-work related talk during breaks. Music is a no no unless there is a consensus that it helps everyone perform better.
At home, request for silence and designate a work area (bedroom, kitchen, or patio) for yourself. Keep everyone out when you’re working. Don’t work where the TV is. TV is only a temptation for you and for your kids.
Clean – A cluttered environment just speaks distractions, and makes spotting things you need difficult. Keep it clean and organized.
Clear the center of your desk, at arm’s length, to serve as workspace. Put files you need at the sides, and put essential tools at the front end. Tuck away things you don’t need in drawers.
At home, if you don’t have a proper work space, pick the cleanest spot in the house which has a table (e.g. kitchen). Bring only what you need. Set what you’ll work on first on the table and place the rest on a chair, or pile it on the floor where you can’t see it.
On the whole, in order to increase productivity, you not only need to make some changes yourself but also in your environment.
Take your time introducing the morning habit and persevere. It takes time and discipline to fully instill it in your system, so be patient.
In regard to tweaking your environment at home to be work-friendly, be resourceful and think outside of the box. There are many ways to make your home conducive for work even if you don’t have a proper space for that.
Jorge Blanco is a personal development junkie, expert on goal setting, time, project, and life management, a master strategist and planner, and a passionate entrepreneur.
He is the author of Design Your Life: 5 Steps To Create The Life You Want, a complete guide to making a positive change in your life, and living a life by design, and the Goal Setting Workshop, a blog about goal setting, productivity, and personal development.
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