Do you put off healthy habits because you want to get more done? No time to exercise because you work so many hours? Skip lunch because you have a looming deadline? Stay up late catching up on email? What if I told you focusing on healthy habits is good for your productivity? It’s true. Here’s a list of my favorite ways to boost productivity…in a healthy way.
1. Incorporate healthy habits into your day.
The best way to do this is to set reminders for the healthy habits you want to include. Great options include getting up to walk around every hour (my Apple Watch is a great reminder for this one), packing a healthy lunch (and eating it before 3pm!), and taking deep breaths throughout the day. If you set a reminder to go off when you need to do these things, you’ll be much less likely to keep plowing through work without them.
2. Pad your schedule to allow for social time.
Did you know that many countries have more than one word for “time?” For example, in Greece, they have the word “chronos” which is more in line with how we think of time here in the US. It’s measure in seconds, minutes, and hours.
They also have the word “kairos” which is more qualitative and measured in moments, opportunities, and possibilities. It is more permanent and less fleeting than chronos.
When working with clients to maximize their time and energy, I encourage them to include both chronos and kairos in their day. For example, you can pad your schedule a bit to allow extra time for those lingering, life-changing conversations.
3. Slow down and change your mindset.
Have you ever noticed that things take longer when you’re rushing? That you get less done when you have more on your to-do list? It’s true. Your mind is not able to work effectively or efficiently when you are rushing around or have too much on your list.
So, next time you catch yourself rushing around or feeling like there’s not enough time in the day, stop. Take three deep breaths. Then tell yourself “There’s plenty of time for all that’s important.” Notice how it changes how you approach your day.
4. Practice gratitude.
Stress zaps your energy, and your brain is not capable of experiencing stress and gratitude at the same time. There are so many benefits to practicing gratitude with intention and on a regular basis. So, when you’re in need of a quick productivity and energy boost, stop what you’re doing, and write down five-to-ten things you’re grateful for. Or – send someone a thank you note. The healthiest and happiest people practice gratitude on a regular basis!
5. Create a work-time ritual.
Ever sit down to work and have thoughts like this pop into your head:
”I don’t feel like doing this.”
“Do I REALLY have to work today?”
Yep. It happens to me, too, and I love what I do. Good news! There are productivity tricks for days like this. One of my favorites is to create a work-time ritual.
For me, this means:
- Filling up my water bottle (or grabbing a cup of tea)
- Lightning a candle (My favorite candle is from Mindfulhaus)
- Turning on some tunes
- Writing down my must-dos for the work day
This helps prepare my mind for work and allows me to enjoy the process more. Try creating your own work-time ritual that you can look forward to. Notice how it helps your productivity!
I’d Love To Help!
As a Health and Productivity Coach, I love coming to groups or worksites to help individuals and teams maximize their time and energy. Could your workgroup use some tips in this area? Check out my workshop topics (I’m available for in-person workshops or virtual ones), and let’s get one scheduled!