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All The Productivity Tips You Need In 9 Infographics

All The Productivity Tips You Need In 9 Infographics

Ever notice how some people come across as having their act together? They are able to get their work done on time, every time. They have the time and energy for 100 different things. Yet, they always seem non-frazzled, non-overwhelmed, and non-frantic.

Do you console yourself with the thought that these are a special breed of people with a special DNA sequence? Sadly, that is far from the truth. These are regular human beings like you and me. The only difference is that they know the tips and tricks to being super-productive. Productivity is achievable once you learn the tricks and apply them in your life. The following 9 infographics will arm you with the knowledge and productivity tips you need.

1. Reclaim your mornings

One of the most frantic and chaotic times in most people’s day is the morning. Add a couple of kids to the morning mix and your productivity score is gone for a toss. The following infographic gives us a three-step approach to tackling this problem, starting from the night before. Follow the tips given for the night before, for the morning, and tips for after you get to work to effectively reclaim your mornings and your productivity score.

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    2.Your mouth as the gateway to productivity

    Believe it or not, what you put in your mouth can affect your productivity. The sluggish feeling after lunch, the incessant need to take a nap in the early afternoon, or your body’s craving for caffeine are all symptoms of the food you consume. The following infographic provides tips on the right kinds of foods to eat at various times during the day to remain in the productive zone.

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      3.  Exercise boosts productivity

      Eating healthy is not enough. Combine it with moderate bouts of exercise during the workday to up your productivity level. No gym at work? No problem! A brisk walk during lunch time could lead to enhanced time management skills, better ability to meet deadlines, and improvements in mood.

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        4. Sleep your way to success

        A good night’s sleep is key to not only our well-being but to our productivity as well. Time and time again research studies have identified the benefits of sleep. A minimum of 6 hours of sleep is necessary for staying productive. The infographic below highlights the impact of sleep on our productivity levels and also shares tips to sleep better.

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          5. Your physical workspace impacts your productivity too

          Clutter and disorganized workspaces are time suckers and cause frustration, leading to decreased productivity. You don’t have to be a feng shui believer to organize your workspace for maximum efficiency. The computer you work on should also be set up effectively. Unsubscribe from unwanted emails, keep your inbox clutter free, organize your desktop icons, and have the latest virus protection softwares to prevent valuable losses of information (and time!).

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            6. Single-tasking is the way to go

            Research has proven that multi-tasking causes a 40% drop in productivity levels. Our IQ drops by 10 points, too! That is a steep price to pay on our quest towards increased productivity.

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              7.  Zap out unproductive meetings

              Most  workplaces use meetings to brings employees together for a certain purpose. However, meetings have now become  unproductive, leading to time and money drainage for organizations. A whooping $37 billion is wasted on meetings each year! The below infographic shares the perfect meeting recipe to avoid this drain. Is the meeting necessary? Can you achieve the meeting purpose without a meeting? Who should the participants be? What should the agenda be to achieve the desired outcome? Send the agenda and any other preparatory materials ahead of time — this is how to get the maximum benefit from a meeting.

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                8. Relax to be more productive

                All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy! Working without taking breaks through the year can lead to decreased productivity. Our brains need time to rest and recharge. A recharged brain is re-energized and more creative, leading to more productivity. Vacations with a complete disconnect from work are must-haves to re-energize our brains. This UK-based infographic highlights the importance of taking vacations. Though the best vacation spots listed here are all notably on the east side of the Atlantic ocean, you do not have to fly to Italy or Portland to increase your productivity! Take a vacation wherever you can afford to go and disconnect from work, truly.

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                  9. Technology to aid productivity

                  In this technologically advanced age, it would be amiss to not mention apps that can help boost our productivity.  The infographic below shares 20 apps that help you remain on task and stay focused.

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                    And here’s a BONUS one.

                    A compilation of 50 productivity hacks.

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                      Which of these tips are you going to implement today to boost your productivity?

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                      Last Updated on July 8, 2020

                      How to Prevent Decision Fatigue From Clouding Your Judgement

                      How to Prevent Decision Fatigue From Clouding Your Judgement

                      What is decision fatigue? Let me explain this with an example:

                      When determining a court ruling, there are many factors that contribute to their final verdict. You probably assume that the judge’s decision is influenced solely by the nature of the crime committed or the particular laws that were broken. While this is completely valid, there is an even greater influential factor that dictates the judge’s decision: the time of day.

                      In 2012, a research team from Columbia University[1] examined 1,112 court rulings set in place by a Parole Board Judge over a 10 month period. The judge would have to determine whether the individuals in question would be released from prison on parole, or a change in the parole terms.

                      While the facts of the case often take precedence in decision making, the judges mental state had an alarming influence on their verdict.

                      As the day goes on, the chance of a favorable ruling drops:

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                        Does the time of day, or the judges level of hunger really contribute that greatly to their decision making? Yes, it does.

                        The research went on to show that at the start of the day the likelihood of the judging giving out a favorable ruling was somewhere around 65%.

                        But as the morning dragged on, the judge became fatigued and drained from making decision after decision. As more time went on, the odds of receiving a favorable ruling decreased steadily until it was whittled down to zero.

                        However, right after their lunch break, the judge would return to the courtroom feeling refreshed and recharged. Energized by their second wind, their leniency skyrockets back up to a whopping 65%. And again, as the day drags on to its finish, the favorable rulings slowly diminish along with the judge’s spirits.

                        This is no coincidence. According to the carefully recorded research, this was true for all 1,112 cases. The severity of the crime didn’t matter. Whether it was rape, murder, theft, or embezzlement, the criminal was more likely to get a favorable ruling either early in the morning, or after the judges lunch break.

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                        Are You Suffering from Decision Fatigue Too?

                        We all suffer from decision fatigue without even realizing it.

                        Perhaps you aren’t a judge with the fate of an individual’s life at your disposal, but the daily decisions you make for yourself could hinder you if you’re not in the right head-space.

                        Regardless of how energetic you feel (as I imagine it is somehow caffeine induced anyway), you will still experience decision fatigue. Just like every other muscle, your brain gets tired after periods of overuse, pumping out one decision after the next. It needs a chance to rest in order to function at a productive rate.

                        The Detrimental Consequences of Decision Fatigue

                        When you are in a position such as a Judge, you can’t afford to let your mental state dictate your decision making; but it still does. According to George Lowenstein, an American educator and economy expert, decision fatigue is to blame for poor decision making among members of high office. The disastrous level of failure among these individuals to control their impulses could be directly related to their day to day stresses at work and their private life.

                        When you’re just too tired to think, you stop caring. And once you get careless, that’s when you need to worry. Decision fatigue can contribute to a number of issues such as impulse shopping (guilty), poor decision making at work, and poor decision making with after work relationships. You know what I’m talking about. Don’t dip your pen in the company ink.

                        How to Make Decision Effectively

                        Either alter the time of decision making to when your mind is the most fresh, or limit the number of decisions to be made. Try utilizing the following hacks for more effective decision making.

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                        1. Make Your Most Important Decisions within the First 3 Hours

                        You want to make decisions at your peak performance, so either first thing in the morning, or right after a break.

                        Research has actually shown that you are the most productive for the first 3 hours[2] of your day. Utilize this time! Don’t waste it on trivial decisions such as what to wear, or mindlessly scrolling through social media.

                        Instead, use this time to tweak your game plan. What do you want to accomplish? What can you improve? What steps do you need to take to reach these goals?

                        2. Form Habits to Reduce Decision Making

                        You don’t have to choose all the time.

                        Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it doesn’t have to be an extravagant spread every morning. Make a habit out of eating a similar or quick breakfast, and cut that step of your morning out of the way. Can’t decide what to wear? Pick the first thing that catches your eye. We both know that after 20 minutes of changing outfits you’ll just go with the first thing anyway.

                        Powerful individuals such as Steve Jobs, Barack Obama, and Mark Zuckerberg don’t waste their precious time deciding what to wear. In fact, they have been known to limiting their outfits down to two options in order to reduce their daily decision making.

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                        3. Take Frequent Breaks for a Clearer Mind

                        You are at your peak of productivity after a break, so to reap the benefits, you need to take lots of breaks! I know, what a sacrifice. If judges make better decisions in the morning and after their lunch break, then so will you.

                        The reason for this is because the belly is now full, and the hunger is gone. Roy Baumeister, Florida State University social psychologist[3] had found that low-glucose levels take a negative toll on decision making. By taking a break to replenish your glucose levels, you will be able to focus better and improve your decision making abilities.

                        Even if you aren’t hungry, little breaks are still necessary to let your mind refresh, and come back being able to think more clearly.

                        Structure your break times. Decide beforehand when you will take breaks, and eat energy sustaining snacks so that your energy level doesn’t drop too low. The time you “lose” during your breaks will be made up in the end, as your productivity will increase after each break.

                        So instead of slogging through your day, letting your mind deteriorate and fall victim to the daily abuses of decision making, take a break, eat a snack. Let your mind refresh and reset, and jump-start your productivity throughout the day.

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