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If You Want A Productive Morning, You Should Start Your Day By Doing This

If You Want A Productive Morning, You Should Start Your Day By Doing This

Lots of people wish that they were more productive in the morning. They wish that they spent every morning completing tasks and feeling accomplished, but instead they wake up feeling unmotivated and tired. They don’t want to get out of bed and they don’t want to start a task, and so they don’t manage to have a successful, productive day.

If you can relate to this, don’t worry. Sometimes motivation can seem like it is just out of reach, but you can easily grab it by doing one simple thing. Successful people do this one thing every single day when they first wake up, and it helps them to be more productive and motivated.

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But what is the one thing that you need to do if you want to have a productive morning?

The One Thing You Need To Do For A Productive Morning

The best way to have a productive, energetic morning is to do something active as soon as you wake up. As soon as your alarm goes off, jump out of bed and do something physical. You can do any exercise that you like. For instance, you could do 10 jumping jacks and 5 push-ups, or you could jog around your house. The exercise doesn’t have to take a long time – in fact, it might only take a minute!

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While this may not seem like much, it is enough to get your body moving and your energy flowing. While a long workout is beneficial too, it is much harder to commit to every day. One minute of exercise is very easy to fit in to your schedule, and you will be rewarded for your efforts every day. Whenever you exercise, your body releases endorphins that improve your mood and make you happier and more energetic.

You can either do the same exercise every day, or you can mix it up by doing different things every week. Don’t force yourself to do an exercise that you hate; instead spend time trying different exercises until you find one that you like.

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If you sleep late every day you should also try to alter your sleeping pattern. Try to get up 15 minutes earlier each week so that you can slowly improve your sleeping pattern over time. This way, you are more likely to stick to your new early-bird routine.

How It Works In The Long Term

One minute of exercise every morning may seem like a very small task, but it can transform your whole lifestyle if you do it on a long-term basis. This is because it establishes a healthy, productive routine in your life that will develop into a habit over time.

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The most successful people understand that they need to implement routine behaviors into their lives so that they can achieve their full potential. One minute of exercise will maximize your energy levels, making it easier for you to be productive that day – and if you stick with it for a few years, eventually every day will be extremely productive.

You will need to be disciplined if you want to make this habit a part of your daily life. You must consistently commit to improving your life, even on days when you are feeling lazy and unmotivated. You are your habits, so you must make sure that you are proud of your habits.

If you want to be more productive but you’re not sure if you can commit to lifelong change, don’t worry. Making an active effort to improve your life can seem like an overwhelming task, but you just need to take it one day at a time.

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Last Updated on September 17, 2018

How to Stop Multitasking and Become Way More Productive

How to Stop Multitasking and Become Way More Productive

Today we are expected to work in highly disruptive environments. We sit down at our desks, turn on our computer and immediately we are hit with hundreds of emails all vying for our attention.

Our phones are beeping and pinging with new alerts to messages, likes and comments and our colleagues are complaining about the latest company initiative is designed to get us to do more work and spend less time at home.

All these distractions result in us multitasking where our attention is switching between one crisis and the next.

Multitasking is a problem. But how to stop multitasking?

How bad really is multitasking?

It dilutes your focus and attention so even the easiest of tasks become much harder and take longer to complete.

Studies have shown that while you think you are multitasking, you are in fact task switching, which means your attention is switching between two or more pieces of work and that depletes the energy resources you have to do your work.

This is why, even though you may have done little to no physical activity, you arrive home at the end of the day feeling exhausted and not in the mood to do anything.

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We know it is not a good way to get quality work done, but the demands for out attention persist and rather than reduce, are likely to increase as the years go by.

So what to do about it?

Ways to stop multitasking and increase productivity

Now, forget about how to multitask!

Here are a few strategies on how to stop multitasking so you can get better quality and more work done in the time you have each working day:

1. Get enough rest

When you are tired, your brain has less strength to resist even the tiniest attention seeker. This is why when you find your mind wandering, it is a sign your brain is tired and time to take a break.

This does not just mean taking breaks throughout the day, it also means making sure you get enough sleep every day.

When you are well rested and take short regular breaks throughout the day your brain is fully refuelled and ready to focus in on the work that is important.

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2. Plan your day

When you don’t have a plan for the day, the day will create a plan for you. When you allow outside influences to take control of your day, it is very hard not to be dragged off in all directions.

When you have a plan for the day, when you arrive at work your brain knows exactly what it is you want to accomplish and will subconsciously have prepared itself for a sustained period of focused work.

Your resistance to distractions and other work will be high and you will focus much better on the work that needs doing.

3. Remove everything from your desk and screen except for the work you are doing

I learned this one a long time ago. In my previous work, I worked in a law office and I had case files to deal with. If I had more than one case file on my desk at any one time, I would find my eyes wandering over the other case files on my desk when I had something difficult to do.

I was looking for something easier. This meant often I was working on three or four cases at one time and that always led to mistakes and slower completion.

Now when I am working on something, I am in full-screen mode where all I can see is the work I am working on right now.

4. When at your desk, do work

We are creatures of habit. If we do our online shopping and news reading at our desks as well as our work, we will always have the temptation to be doing stuff that we should not be doing at that moment.

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Do your online shopping from another place—your home or from your phone when you are having a break—and only do your work when at your desk. This conditions your brain to focus in on your work and not other distractions.

5. Learn to say no

Whenever you hear the phrase “learn to say no,” it does not mean going about being rude to everyone. What it does mean is delay saying yes.

Most problems occur when we say “yes” immediately. We then have to spend an inordinate amount of energy thinking of ways to get ourselves out of the commitment we made.

By saying “let me think about it” or “can I let you know later” gives you time to evaluate the offer and allows you to get back to what you were doing quicker.

6. Turn off notifications on your computer

For most of us, we still use computers to do our work. When you have email alert pop-ups and other notifications turned on, they will distract you no matter how strong you feel.

Turn them off and schedule email reviewing for times between doing your focused work. Doing this will give you a lot of time back because you will be able to remain focused on the work in front of you.

7. Find a quiet place to do your most important work

Most workplaces have meeting rooms that are vacant. If you do have important work to get done, ask if you can use one of those rooms and do your work there.

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You can close the door, put on your headphones and just focus on what is important. This is a great way to remove all the other, non-important, tasks demanding your attention and just focus on one piece of work.

The bottom line

Focusing on one piece of work at a time can be hard but the benefits to the amount of work you get done are worth it. You will make fewer mistakes, you will get more done and will feel a lot less tired at the end of the day.

Make a list of the four or five things you want to get done the next day before you finish your work for the day and when you start the day, begin at the top of the list with the first item.

Don’t start anything else until you have finished the first one and then move on to the second one. This one trick will help you to become way more productive.

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