2016
07.07

What does being productive mean to you? I’m sure most people would consider for example – creating a short list of daily priorities, setting allocated time to each task, turning off distractions and then getting on with it, as a perfect start to being productive. Surprisingly there’s more to it when it comes to having an increased productivity, blocking out social media apps, or replying to emails at allocated times is not all. In fact it starts from the minute that you wake up, or even before then, when you are in the middle of a deep sleep cycle.

Do you know someone who manages to go to the gym, go running or fits in a few lengths in the swimming pool before work? Well they are some of the more switched on and productive people who has better chances of achieving more and completing more tasks.

Even before we even sit down at our desks there are many ways which we plunge into and place ourselves to ruin our productivity. Do any of these sound familiar?

1. Hit the snooze button a little too much?

Some suffer from ‘sleep inertia’ which leaves you in a state of grogginess for hours after waking up. This is a result of sudden break or “waking up” in the midst of a deep sleep, chances of sleep inertia can be as high as 89% if you use a regular alarm clock. Get to know the science behind it; Click http://goo.gl/cdKSQq
Sounds easier said than done, but it is possible to have ways you can develop to avoid/lessen your sleep inertia cycle, developing a regular bedtime will naturally put you up at the same time each morning.

2. Using your phone before bed is a ritual?

A bad night’s sleep is triggered when the body’s production of melatonin (the hormone that helps us go to sleep) is interfered with and behold to what mostly disrupts this; the bright light from your phone is the perfect way to postpone the production of melatonin. So putting your phone away before an hour or so you go to sleep is key to put your brain on sleep mode. Have some digital free time, and cut down on hours just trying to get to sleep.

3. Water? No way, Coffee please!

Let’s go through a quick shuffle through your normal routine, you’ve probably hit the snooze button 3 times and interrupted a cycle of deep sleep each time causing the sleep inertia to kick in. Next, you dragged yourself out of the bed, as you know you had to leave the house in 30 minutes to get into work on time and you probably grabbed a coffee on the way. Is it necessary to have water? Yes, it is since your body has not had any intake of water for approx 7-8 hours; Try to develop a habit of drinking some water when you wake up. Staying hydrated is important.

4. Skip breakfast

How can your body work or give you the energy needed without any coal to burn? Probably it’s not even 9am yet, and already you are beaten down with being dehydrated and groggy which to start off gives the least amount of enthusiasm possible. You reach the office, check a few emails, and then all of a sudden that lengthy morning meeting starts and all you can do is think about food, your attention just jumped off a cliff. There are plenty of solutions to this dilemma; the net is swarming with breakfast recipe blogs. Find for easy recipes you can prepare the night before, switch up your time on your phone at night for preparing your breakfast dish. You’re already two steps towards increased productivity.

5. Don’t exercise

Well things get a little obvious when you’re dreading to get out of bed after hitting the snooze button repeatedly yet alone get up and exercise. But exercising before work wakes you up quickly and gives you a boost because you know in the back of your head that your day doesn’t have to start with rolling out of bed and then going straight to the desk. Above all a personal achievement is conquered by exercising before work. A good night’s sleep and more energy is just a plus point. Of course, that willpower needed to roll out of bed and get into workout mode is heavy, simple tricks like having your gym clothes ready will just make it easier for you to get going in the morning with no rush, set your alarm a little early and you’ll be good to go.

6. Start off with your easy tasks in the morning

Willpower is a limited resource, it drains as the day goes by and you’ll be amazed to know that as a fact people are more likely to lie, cheat or lash out and the most violent crimes are committed after 10pm. As Mark Twain said, “Eat a live frog every morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day”. So, if you are pushing away a task that loathes you, do it first thing when your willpower is strong.

In Conclusion:
Briefly there is no book by the rule to increase productivity. These tips will help you achieve something better by hitting the snooze button to sleeping better everything will add up to positives. Forming good morning habits is what we should strive for!

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