We all need strategies for increasing productivity; here are five to get you started.
1. Get a good night’s rest
The first key to productivity is plenty of sleep. Getting 7-8 hours sleep a night will flow through into your work, from sharper decision-making and problem-solving, to better coping with change. It is not just the quantity of sleep that matters, but quality as well. You should try to stick to a regular sleep pattern. Get into a good sleep routine by setting a regular bedtime. Then avoid caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, and other chemicals that interfere with sleep. Limit light exposure – including from TV, phone and computer screens – in the evening. Eat, drink and exercise enough, but not too much and not too close to your bedtime.
2. Drink some coffee at work
Coffee helps you feel alerted because it blocks adenosine, the main compound in your brain that makes you sleepy. But coffee isn’t just effective on a chemical level. But before you rush out to grab a coffee, remember that in these experiments “a good cup of coffee” means black coffee.
3. Take a break and do some exercise
A break could be mean completely stopping work and doing something fun. An office-worker might go for a run, for instance. Or it could just mean switching tasks and doing something different, such as a supermarket shelver sitting down and doing paperwork.
4. Do one thing at a time
Don’t be tempted to multitask. Our brains are not suited to dealing with multiple streams of information or doing multiple jobs at the same time. The more tasks we try to do simultaneously, the slower we complete them and the more mistakes we make.
Mary Barrett, Professor of Management, University of Wollongong
This article was originally published on The Conversation.
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