By Danielle Fagan
Every morning, we wake up with a blank slate. We all have the potential of making each day an awesome or a mundane one. Sometimes seizing the opportunity to make our days uplifting and productive can seem impossible. Taking care in each of these steps also makes creating positive change in our lives and world much easier as we become more in touch with ourselves.
I’ve compiled a list of 7 tips that can really help you boost productivity, increase your energy and make the most of your day.
So many people feel a general feeling of dissatisfaction in their lives. It can make people feel lost, depressed or anxious. One way to overcome this is by getting crystal clear on what you want. Know what you want to achieve on a daily basis and make these goals the priority! If you don’t know what you want, what’s the point of being more productive? Get clear on direction first!
Reassess Your Daily Routine
What are the first five things you do when you wake up in the morning? For many people, the morning is the most productive time because you’re at your peak energy levels. Make use of this time by doing five things to kick start your day. For example, go for a jog, drink 16 oz of water, meditate for 20 minutes, or make a “To Do” list.
Adjust Your Sleep Schedule Accordingly
Adults typically need 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Are you under or overindulging in sleep? Both are counterproductive. If you’re getting too much or too little, readjust your schedule to have adequate energy to complete the day’s tasks.
Go To Bed Earlier, Wake Up Earlier!
When your sleep schedule is adjusted, work at getting an earlier start to your day. Early mornings are quiet in most households which give you the perfect opportunity to make your “alone time” as productive as possible. By waking up earlier, you also extend your day, thereby giving you much more time to enjoy.
You’re body needs quality fuel to run efficiently. Skimping out or forgetting about meals means that you’re running on fumes instead of solid energy sources. You can’t neglect your body and then expect it to run smoothly. Compare the input of breakfast choices. Compare nutritional value of your typical meal choices. Choose a solid meal, get solid performance.
Do you ever feel like your body is doing something but your mind is somewhere else? Some people go years without ever being fully present. They move through their daily tasks mindlessly. Breath is an incredible antidote for “auto pilot mode.” Every time you remember, pause and take three deep breaths. It helps bring your mind back down to earth so you can enjoy the present moment and plan your next move.
Statements like “life’s too short” or “there just isn’t enough time in the day” perpetuate victim mentality. Don’t blame “life” because you aren’t able to achieve your goals. Take responsibility for the precious time you have. Sure, no one is going to say, “don’t worry about coming in to work today, you need to work on accomplishing your personal goals” but there are ways around that. Ultimately, you’re the only one able to create lasting change in your life. If you’re unsatisfied with the way you’re managing your time, spice it up!
By making a few simple changes to your routine, you can find the time and energy to make your day more productive.
What about you? How do you get the most out of your day? Feel free to post in the comment section below.