What are 5 things you can do today to increase your productivity?
I coached several people and helped them escape the 9–to-5 world. The most challenging time for those transitioning from employees to business owners is juggling their full-time job and their business.
These are the five points that helped me (and my clients) through those days without sacrificing our health and wellbeing:
Keep in mind, you will have to experience some discomfort at the beginning. These points will make your journey easier, but you still have to push your limits. Especially if you are trying to quit your job, you will have to work early in the morning and after you come home from the office. It will be messy at the beginning, but it will be 100% worth it.
Do not rely on your willpower. If you know that you get easily distracted, get a Ksafe and lock your phone for the day (or evening). Top performers save their willpower for essential tasks, not on refraining from eating chips. Give yourself the best chance to succeed. Know your limits and make a plan to overcome them.
Sleep 7-8 hours and wake up early. We work much better in the morning. Use all that morning focus and energy toward important tasks and meetings. If you have a full-time job, wake up extra early and work on your business for a couple of hours before going in the office. That will require you to go to bed a bit earlier than usual so that you still get a good night’s sleep.
Intermittent Fasting is a great way to keep your energy levels in check throughout the day. I am linking a full blog post on its health benefits because there are way too many to mention here. But from a productivity aspect, it reduces oxidative stress and inflammation in the brain, and it increases BDNF (a protein that improves brain function). That obviously helps you stay focused longer and retain more information.
Prioritize your to-do list and start from the most crucial task. You have a limited amount of energy and focus throughout the day, so you need to use it wisely. Half the battle is actually choosing what’s important and what’s not. Choose carefully and be honest with yourself. Sometimes I find myself prioritizing something, just because its easier. Then I catch myself right away and swap the top task of the day with something I have been resisting for a while.
Use the Pomodoro technique only as a guideline. When you are focused, keep on working and only take a break if you are tired. I have seen too many people fragment their focus with the Pomodoro technique. If you are in the zone, skip the break! Of course, after an hour or two, you still want to take a breather. Sometimes, you will need to take a break every 25 minutes, and that’s fine too. Again, know yourself and lean over your limits a bit every single day.
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