Springing back into productivity at work - 5 tips for shaking off the lazy cobwebs of winter
Are you seeing signs of spring all around you, but you aren’t quite ready to ‘bloom’ in a work capacity? Here’s how to get a spring back in your step this season.
You’re either a winter lover or you aren’t, but there’s one thing we all have in common: Winter makes us all a little lazy. We’re more focused on getting ourselves warm and well-fed than going 100% on our workouts and productivity.
But spring has sprung and it’s time to get your groove back!
So if you’re feeling lethargic and a bit unorganised, this blog is for you! We’re going to dive into how you can reinvigorate your productivity and bring more pizazz into your work life.
1. The night before affects the day to come
How you end off today will affect your productivity tomorrow. That’s not to say if you’ve had the world's most awful day that you are guaranteed another awful day tomorrow, but it helps to have a powerful evening routine even when you feel like binge-watching Survivor and falling asleep on the couch.
Have you noticed that when you do fall asleep on the couch and wake up in the early A.M with your snacks still out, the light’s still on and the TV blaring at you, you wake up feeling exhausted? That’s because you’re not getting a full sleep cycle: wake, light sleep, deep sleep and REM. Your body needs to complete all of these stages to be fully rested.
The attitude you go to sleep with also counts. When you close your laptop, start winding down and write out what needs to be tackled tomorrow, you wake up more prepared for a productive day.
Writing things down before you go to bed is a great way to boost productivity. It’s a chance for you to review your day and see what you managed to accomplish, and to start afresh with a new list of tasks to carry out.
2. Find your energy givers
When you play the Sims, the goal is to keep their mood green. That means keeping them well-fed, clean, socialised, rested and in a good environment. It’s stressful but they function so much better at work, at play and with their hobbies when you keep their mood as far away from red as possible.
Energy givers are a bit more complicated in real life, but they’re also more simple than you think. We try to make good physical and mental health so difficult when really, it’s just about going back to basics.
What gives you the energy to face your day with a happy heart? What makes you feel well-fuelled to do your work?
3. Cut out energy takers
Energy takers are the bad habits we have in between that don’t seem too damaging, but they make a massive difference to your productivity.
Energy takers could include not setting good boundaries, being around negative people, alcohol and drugs and a lack of sleep. We’re warned about these things, but they’re easy to slip into because hey, they feel good. In the long run, you’ll be better off without them.
4. Change your work strategy
Are you still sitting down at your desk at 8 and working through the day until closing time? If this is the case, then we say, “No more!”
There are far more productive ways to work than just bulldozing through. Firstly, this could actually cause slower production. Your brain works faster when it can make interesting connections and adapt to different stimulation. When you sit at your desk for 8 hours your brain starts to drag its hypothetical feet.
Instead, try the Pomodoro Technique. Pomodoro is Italian for tomatoes and this productivity method is named after the traditional tomato-shaped kitchen timers (remember those??). How it works is you divide your day into Pomodoros.
With this method, you break your workday into 25 minute sections that are separated by 5 minute breaks. For every four completed Pomodoros, you take a longer, 15-minute break before getting going on your next cycle. You’ll be amazed at how time flies and how much you manage to get done in those time slots.
So, set your timer to get to work for 25 minutes. Then take a 5 minute break. After 4 of these Pomodoros, take a 15 minute break. After each work session, write down the tasks you completed to get an idea of how well you are working. Plus, marking off tasks as completed is a great way to fuel motivation.
5. Create a vision board (come on!)
You know you want to! It doesn’t have to be all about arts and crafts anyway. Vision boarding is about digging deep and figuring out who you are and who you want to be. What does a vision board have to do with productivity? It keeps you on track. When you know why you’re working, you’re going to work smarter. When you have a constant reminder of why you need to move your body, you’re going to muster more motivation.
We hope these 5 tips help you approach productivity in a different way that benefits both your work life and your mental health.
Yours in good health,