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Mindful productivity audit: 10 questions to improve your well-being at work

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Assessing your productivity

A huge number of productivity books have been published but very few of these books combine productivity, creativity, and mental health. How do you achieve more without burning out in the process?

Using a mindful productivity audit is one way to assess you...

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The first hour is the most important part of your day. It impacts your mindset by setting the tone for the rest of the day. A routine designed around your goals will always trump one that is based on habits you haven't thought about.

  • What is the first thing you d...

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A calendar is a helpful tool to manage your time. It is there to guide you, not to rule you.

Review a typical week in your calendar.

  • How many events are there?
  • How many events did you create, and how many invitations did you rece...

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Research suggests a knowledge worker should spend four hours of deep creative, highly productive work per day.

How many hours do you currently dedicate to deep work? Look at your calendar and count the hours spent in deep work.

If you have too many hours, t...

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Taking breaks restore your motivation, consolidate your memory, increase your creativity, and prevent decision fatigue. Research suggests we need to take a break for 5 to 10 minutes every hour or so and a longer break (more than 30 minutes) every two to four hours.

Loo...

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When we have lots of work, we can fall into the trap of neglecting to nourish our mind with enough high-quality input. Ways to cultivate curiosity include reading books, blogs, newsletters, taking online courses, joining learning communities, and more.

  • Do you mak...

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Instead of mindlessly repeating the same action with little regard for how they impact your performance, ensure you have time and space to reflect and incrementally improve the way you work.

A weekly review is a powerful way to direct your life with intention. It may b...

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Your working space can have an impact on your productivity. When working from home, are you crouching on the kitchen table or working from your sofa?

Ask yourself:
Is my chair is comfortable?
What is my posture when I am sitting?
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It is easy for knowledge workers to accumulate screenshots and random files on their computer "just in case". Performing an audit of your digital workspace can reduce your cognitive load.

  • What does your desktop currently look like?
  • What apps are...

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People working from home can be tempted to keep working until they feel too tired to keep going.

Creating habits, routines and rituals to frame your workday is essential for sustainable performance.

  • Create a hard stop at a specific time.
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Winding down before you go to bed will help you sleep better and prepare your mind for the next day.

Write down everything you usually do in the last hour of a typical day. How many activities involve a screen? Do you spend time with your family? Do you read a book? Do...

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