Not Prepping The Night Before
When we prepare for tomorrow, it gives us a big boost in productivity levels; 1. Because we'll be able to plan out our day without worrying about what gets left behind; and 2. Prioritizing tasks is not as hard as it seems.
Anxiety for what's to come tomorrow happens every so often that we tend to lose sleep over it. When we prepare we will have lower anxiety levels, therefore, getting a better quality of sleep instead of being sleep deprived.
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When we force ourselves to wake up early and fail to do so we tend to beat ourselves up over it. However, we must keep in mind that we are wired differently according to Chris Bailey, the author of The Productivity Project.
It doesn't matter what time we wake up as long as we're able to finish the tasks that are supposed to be done with the schedule it won't make a difference whether you wake up at 5 AM or 10 AM as long as you act deliberately within schedule.
Dressing up actually has a real influence on your attention levels because it symbolizes the start of a new day and it helps your brain to shift gears.
A study was done back in 2012 related to the effect of clothing on a person's mental process. Evidently, it showed that you perform differently when wearing a suit or a scientist's lab coat and even get better intelligence scores.
Skipping breakfast is not ideal when starting a new day. It is important to take care of your body, provide it enough food to create energy in order for you to focus on the things that you have going on for the rest of the day.
The most recommended breakfast is a balanced breakfast containing both protein and carbs. Alongside this, it is also important to drink enough water to hydrate the body and the brain. Even mild dehydration can impair one's mood, memory, and concentration.
Multitasking slows down productivity by about 40% and actually has long-term negative effects on our brain such as memory impairment on new subject matters, difficulty in learning new materials, and increased stress levels.
It is recommended to transition into the habit of monotasking where you focus on one task at a time. It will take a few weeks to get used to it but daily practice for more than a couple of weeks will be able to retrain your brain for longer focus.
By the time you wake up, it is important to choose to be proactive and not stay reactive while interchangeably scrolling through your phone's apps.
Spend this time to think about your priorities for the day and run through your calendar to make a to-do list. It's a huge mistake to start the day without knowing what you intend to do.
Drinking a coffee to kickstart your day is a bad idea because it interferes with the time when the stress hormone cortisol is peaking in your body.
Only drink coffee between 10:00 AM and noon or 2:00 PM and 5 PM, when your cortisol levels are lowest.
Sleeping longer is probably one of the greatest desires you had back when you were working for a big corporation. But when you hit the snooze button you are subconsciously telling your big goals and dreams that they don’t matter. That leads to a lack of urgency in life, lower productivity, and frustration by the end of the day.
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