ONE – PLAN THE DAY
- Plan Ahead – Yep like the night before! Pause the new Netflix show (we are loving ‘Safe’ at the moment) and take 15mins to plan.
- Awake – Wake 30 mins earlier than your alarm. Yes, nobody likes getting out of bed, but once your up, you have a 30-minute gain on your day, allowing you to achieve more.
- Time Block – Your brain needs 15 minutes of uninterrupted time to delve into the tasks you need to do. Blocking off 15mins allows you to be truly focused and plan for the day ahead. If anything arises that you haven’t ‘time blocked’ for in your day, you can easily assess what you need to do and if these new jobs can be rescheduled for another day.
TWO – REST THE MIND
- Journal – For those who don’t have a journal – buy one! I use ‘The Five-Minute Journal’. I quickly mind dump my achievements, what I need to do and what could have been better. It not only clears my mind for the day and before bed, but it also allows me to quickly see what I really want to achieve to make my day as great and productive as possible.
- Nap – Taking a nap allows you to re-energise and re-evaluate. Studies have shown that napping gives you added productivity as you work faster as the brain and body has restored itself.
- Walk Away – Don’t stare at a computer screen thinking your productivity will come, this is a huge time sucker. There are days when we aren’t as productive. Instead walk away from what your doing, do a completely different task and come back to it later.
THREE – FUEL THE BODY
- Plan – Yep this comes back to the first point of planning your day ahead. Make a list of what you need for work lunches. Going out for business lunches or a café is great, but it also is a big-time waster in your working day (especially if you have to queue) … not to say the expense of travelling there/food/coffees.
- Be Kind – Your body needs healthier snacks to nourish all your hard work, we all know a packet of crisps and a snickers bar isn’t going to cut it. Trade up and delve into healthier options to keep your brain nourished through the afternoon.
- Water – A general rule of thumb is to try to drink half of your body weight in ounces per day. For example, if you weigh 160 pounds, drink 80 ounces of water per day – which is about 10 glasses of water.