We could all use a little more relaxation at the old 9 to 5. Due to the constant flux of information presenting itself to us for extended periods of time, it almost makes buying and running a little farm more attractive. Here are five simple ways to bring less brain friction and more productivity to your work day.
1. Plan each day. At the beginning of each day, make an exact schedule for how you would like to see your day go. Make a list of your top priorities and insert them into time slots allotted for that specific task. During these time frames, refrain from answering phone calls, checking your email every 5 minutes, engaging in social media distractions, chatting on an instant messenger or listening to music. Keep all distractions to a minimum. This is not the time to multi-task.
2. Take lunch. Some people live for the time of day where they get to escape from their responsibilities and just sit and eat. Some forget it all together. This is not a good idea. Yes, it may make you look like the dedicated worker you are, but you are not putting your personal health or fulfillment anywhere on your “to-do” list — doesn’t that seem strange? You need nutrients, energy and some time to recharge your batteries. It’s also a good idea to think of anything but work during this break. Your brain needs to be stimulated by other interesting thoughts besides work.
3. Do not be a victim. Of circumstance that is! You will most likely have to put up with several problems, issues, “situations” and other fun drama during the day. If you let these enemies move in and control your emotions, influence how you react or just plain old ruin your day, this is your own fault. Learn to build an imaginary shield around your being where any negativity or stress immediately is deflected off of you and onto the floor. You have work to get done, so shake it off and remember who you are.
4. It’s time to go home. We spend ALOT of our lives working (well, most of us) and 8 to 9 hours a day is plenty. Once in a while, it might be called for to stay a little later or come in a little earlier — fine. However, if you make it a habit to work extremely long days (we’re talkin, 10, 11, 12 hour days) then you are cutting yourself short and not living life. Remember who comes first … YOU! Yes, you need your job in order to live but you also need to take a respected amount of time to do just that — live! There is always tomorrow … you can finish it tomorrow.
5. Little pleasures. Add some extra fun to your work day. If you’re on track and feeling good (or completely off track and feeling bad), there are little things you can do to perk up your spirits. Take a few minutes to listen to your favorite song. This always puts me in a better mood. Get up and stretch, go for a walk around the building or go grab a beverage from a cafe. Get your blood flowing and oxygen pumping. Call a friend, relative or spouse … just a quick hello and maybe a little laugh can loosen you up just enough to help you concentrate more.
I hope these tips come in handy and remember, a little Zengoes a long way!