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How To Have The Most Productive Day, Every Day

https://www.forbes.com/sites/shelcyvjoseph/2018/05/30/how-to-have-the-most-productive-day-every-day/

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How To Have The Most Productive Day, Every Day
"There aren't enough hours in a day." If you've ever said or thought about this at any point in your daily grind, you're not the only one! When we think about our responsibilities (spending time with loved ones, being a good employee, continuing your professional education, taking up hobbies, etc.), it can feel like 24 hours are, in fact, too little for each day.

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Figure out your morning flow

Starting your day on a high note sets the tone for the rest of your day (or even week). 

Think about the one thing that boosts your mood in the morning and incorporate it into your ro...

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Take regular breaks

Not looking away from the computer doesn’t translate into productivity. A good way to boost your motivation throughout the day is to take small exercise breaks.

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Write it all down

Mapping your goals in a visual way is key, as seeing them makes them more real. You’re more likely to follow through on your ideas if you pen them.

Write down your top priorities and d...

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Maintain your work environment

We work better when our environment is clean and organized. Whatever you consider organized, be sure to regularly clean up your workspace and get rid of unnecessary things.

Changing yo...

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It's important to have an idea of what your daily priorities are and tasks you need to complete, preferably the night before. 

Also, make sure you prepare in the evening the outfit you're going to wear and the meals for the following day. Doing this will save time in the morning, and reduce decision fatigue.

"Urgent" vs "Important"

Take all of your tasks and place them into four quadrants:

  • To do first: the most important responsibilities that need to be done today or tomorrow.
  • Schedule: important tasks that are not urgent.
  • Delegate: essential items that are not important.
  • Don't do: tasks that aren't important or urgent. 

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Your workspace matters

Your workspace matters
When you spend hours at your desk every day, even the smallest features of your workspace – such as the position of your monitor or the height of your chair– can greatly affect your productivity and e...

Lighting

  • The best kind of light you can have in your office is natural light. It helps our bodies maintain our internal "clocks" or circadian rhythms which affects our sleep and energy. 
  • Poor lighting, whether it's dim lighting or harsh lighting from overhead fluorescent lights, can cause eye strain, stress, and fatigue.
  • Don't sit with your back to a window unless you can shade it.
  • Don't sit facing a window because that will make reading a monitor difficult. 
  • If you use a task lamp at your desk, position it so the bottom of the lampshade is at about the height of your chin when it's on.

Plants

  • Indoor plants prevent fatigue during attention-demanding work. 
  • Even just having a window view of live greenery can be restorative and keep us focused.
  • A peace lily plant requires little sunlight to survive and you only have to water it when the soil is dried out and is also great for cleaning the air.
  • Cacti and aloe plants are other low-maintenance plants to consider.

Step Away from the Spreadsheet

Shut off your brain and stop working. The tasks will still be there tomorrow—plus some more, because work can, and should, wait.

Look Back, Look Ahead

Review what you accomplished today, then make a to-do list for tomorrow. 

Don’t make these lists too close to bedtime.

Cool It

According to the National Sleep Foundation, the ideal temperature for shut-eye is around 65 degrees. 

The cooler you are, the sleepier you become, so turn down the thermostat.