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Learn How Comfortable Sleep Can Help You Increase Your Productivity

Learn How Comfortable Sleep Can Help You Increase Your Productivity

There is a direct relationship between sleep and productivity. This relationship demands that you get a comfortable night’s sleep so that you can be effective in your place of work. This has been a subject of debate for many years, with some arguing that good sleep does not guarantee productivity, while others say the exact opposite. However, research shows that sleep is an important element of productivity in the workplace. The big question is: how does sleep boost productivity? In a bid to answer this question, we will look at the top ways in which you can boost your productivity just by sleeping well.

It helps you recover from distractions faster

Distractions are among the leading causes of poor productivity in the workplace. If you want to be productive, you must get rid of as many distractions as possible in your workplace. Since distractions are inevitable in many workplaces, you also need a faster way of recovering from them. This is why you need sleep to keep your brain active. When the brain is active, you will recover more quickly from any sort of distraction you encounter in the workplace. This means that you will maintain your effectiveness, which is important for boosting productivity.

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It helps you make better decisions

Decision making is an important daily task that contributes to an employee’s productivity. Better decisions in a workplace contribute to success. There is absolutely no way you can make an uninformed decision in a workplace and still end up being productive. You therefore need to sleep well at night so that your brain will be fresh at all times when making decisions. This will help you make better decisions in your place of work.

It prevents burnout

When you sleep well, you allow your body to stay active all day. If you sleep for fewer hours, your body will burn out quite quickly. With a fatigued body, you cannot deliver efficiently in a workplace. A comfortable mattress will help you sleep well and maintain your energy during the day, promoting your productivity.

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It improves memory

Your memory is an important tool that you will use every day in your workplace. With a good memory, you will always remember simple and complex instructions, which is needed for you to do your job well. There are various ways of boosting your memory. Sleep is one of the natural ways of boosting your memory, and it will not interfere with your cognitive abilities.

It helps you make fewer mistakes

If you manage to get a good night’s sleep, you will make fewer mistakes the next day than when you do not sleep well. Sleep improves one’s level of responsiveness to the things that you do. Mistakes are one of the things that make you unproductive at work. Therefore, you can become much more productive if you sleep well and thus avoid making mistakes in your workplace.

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It reduces health risks

Not getting enough sleep can increase your risk for many health conditions. Many of these conditions can reduce the effectiveness of an individual in a workplace. Being in poor health will make you less productive in your workplace. You therefore need to get a full night of sleep every night in order to avoid the health risks that may reduce your effectiveness in your workplace.

It heightens creativity

Scientific research also shows that sleep can be a useful tool in enhancing creativity. If you want a way to enhance your creativity, then take a good amount of time to get rest. Your mind will then be better rested and more creative. With a creative mind, you will do so much at work, thus becoming productive.

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The relationship between sleep and productivity cannot be denied. It is important to look at sleep as an essential ingredient for employee productivity in a workplace.

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How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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