Easier said than done, right? Not necessarily, especially if your life depends on it.
According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Americans work an extra 20% more hours than in 1970. Why is that? The amount of hours in the day hasn’t changed, but how we spend our time has. If we’re not taking the necessary steps to stay healthy and maximize our productivity, then we’re left feeling anxious and overwhelmed by the increasing demands at work. The last thing we want is to take the stress home with us; therefore, it’s critical to make a conscious effort to eradicate anything that’s preventing us from staying focused.
Below the infographic are tips from Promotional Consultant Today on how to boost your productivity at work so you feel more accomplished and less stressed. Don’t let work consume you – enjoy life and live it to the fullest!
Maintain energy. Food is fuel; its main purpose is to nourish and provide us with a steady source of energy to take on our daily challenges. Managing our blood sugar throughout a day is integral to being effective at work where being energized at 3 pm should feel similar to how we feel at 10 am. Try eating whole foods five to six times daily including two 100-150 calorie snacks. What is the impact on your energy level?
Be more resilient. What challenge can you take on to build your overall resilience? It is probably the things you are putting off now because they are not immediately gratifying and are somewhat painful.
Persevere. What’s your purpose? Start by asking what truly gets you out of bed in the morning. Then focus on deeply connecting to this sense of purpose. You’ll be more likely to take care of yourself physically, emotionally and mentally.
Stay focused and aware. Our attention is under siege. The numbers of distractions in the workplace have increased exponentially over the years in the digital age. We typically work in contradiction to how our bodies are designed to work, known scientifically as the ultradian rhythm: Intense focus and exertion for a specific period of time and then recovery. This suggests we work best in no more than 90-minute increments. Asking yourself every 90 minutes to two hours how you’re feeling physically, emotionally and mentally allows you to gain a roadmap for awareness and the ability to listen to yourself instead of tuning out your needs. We are much more likely to reach for sugar or coffee or serve up our own stress hormones under demand if we are not checking in with ourselves every two hours.