Top 5 Habits of Productive People
We all know that person who manages to produce so much in so little time. They don’t seem to be affected by stress as much as others and productivity is one of their strengths. If you don’t consider yourself in the category of ‘productive people’, chances are you find yourself procrastinating or struggling to separate work from home on a regular basis. Luckily for you, you are not alone and there are a number of simple ways to get you back on track to greater productivity. Focus on incorporating the below five habits into your lifestyle and you’ll be surprised by the number of positive results they achieve.
1. Exercise regularly
As Robert Pozen explains on The Huffington Post, “a modest exercise habit can keep you sharper into old age, give you more energy to take on the day, and improve your mood”. As you may know, exercise releases endorphins which allow the brain to achieve greater focus and put you in a more positive frame of mind. Most productive people find that just 30 minutes of exercise per day helps to achieve greater clarity and energy, and in turn they can channel this into the workplace.
2. Pursue a passion in downtime
Like exercise, a hobby allows the mind to focus on something other than work or your personal life. Partaking in a hobby of interest can contribute greatly to escaping stress and allows you to feel like you’re doing something for yourself for once. Something as simple as playing an instrument, reading or painting is a great way to relax and refresh the mind. Doing this out of work hours then helps you to return to work in a better frame of mind, in turn leading to greater focus on the task at hand.
3. Maintain a sleeping pattern
While the thought of catching up on sleep over the weekend is tempting for many, this can actually damage your productivity levels. Generally productive people maintain a consistent sleeping pattern throughout the week – both morning and evening. When you allow yourself to sleep past your normal wake-up time, often you wake up feeling worse. Not only does this disrupt your weekend, it will also be difficult to wake up at the normal time on Monday morning. To avoid this cycle, go to bed earlier if you need to catch up on sleep and always try to get up around the same time.
4. Learn to switch off
Understandably this is easier said than done, but productive people manage to master the art of work life balance. Being able to disconnect from work over the weekend means that you’ve truly left work at work and your energy can be channelled into your personal life. If switching off from email is impossible in your line of work, try to designate certain time slots on the weekend to check it. The less you think about work over the weekend, the more mental effort you will be able to give it during the week.
5. Prepare before Monday
While we don’t advocate working on the weekend, taking about 30 minutes on a Sunday afternoon or evening to prepare can be extremely beneficial. Whether you need to iron your clothes or organise your diary, this extra preparation will leave you feeling satisfied and content with the week ahead. This feeling is therefore carried into Monday and leaves you with a positive mind to approach any tasks that may come your way.
What do you think?
Do you have any additional habits of productive people that you think should be added to this list? I’d love to hear what helps you be more productive at work, and if anyone has incorporated the above habits into their lifestyle. Feel free to comment below and share your views.
This article was written by Laura Hutton on behalf of the Australian Institute of Business. All opinions are that of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of AIB. The following resources were used to compile this article: The Huffington Post
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