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Feeling Sluggish? 9 Tips to Get Motivated and Perform at Your Best

Feeling Sluggish? 9 Tips to Get Motivated and Perform at Your Best

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    1. Read motivational books

    Read an inspiring story. Hype yourself up with a pleasantly generic pep-talk.

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      2. Post your achievements on social media

      Sharing your success is important. It shows that you respect and appreciate your good fortune, and the efforts of your work. Furthermore, it’s addictive. Being able to embrace public recognition (without appearing indulgent) is a reward that will not only raise your confidence and self-esteem, but will bolster your desire for future success and make you want to do it again. And again. Consequently, you’ll always be on the lookout for new ways to succeed.

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        3. Clean your desk

        Sometimes a messy work space is what lies at the core of stagnation. Clear your desk. Clear your mind.

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          4. Take a walk

          Get some fresh air and pump some blood through your system. Your body will release endorphins, which is great because you’ll feel refreshed and motivated, not to mention you’ll feel better about yourself by the end of the day.

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            5. Eat healthy

            Eating good food doesn’t just benefit your body. It rejuvenates and energizes the mind. After refreshing your brain with a healthy fruit salad, you’ll most likely want to put it to good use and tick off some goals–so grab a fork. Fulfill your productive potential. Eat smart; be smart.

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              6. Cut off digital distractions

              Disable Facebook. Hide your phone. Enable programs like Self Control, which exist to eliminate distracting networks like Youtube and Facebook (or whatever particular sites you feel may be hindering your progress) by temporarily blocking access to those specific URLs. Social media feeds procrastination. Unless you’re using social media to tell everyone about your new job promotion or the killer raise you’ve just been offered, then take a break from it.

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                7. Find a productive work space

                A good work environment will encourage productivity. Make sure you have a sufficient study space, in which you feel you can truly accomplish tasks. If motivation won’t find you, find it. Immerse yourself in productivity, and success will subsequently follow.

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                  8. Write a to-do list

                  Plan your work ahead of time, and approach tasks with comprehensive strategy. Above all, always have a clear understanding of what it is you must do before you actually do it.

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                    9. Do some meditating

                    It sounds cheesy, but if you treat it seriously, it really works! Follow simple and basic relaxation techniques to ground yourself in the present reality, and use your internal momentum to lift yourself out of a slouch and realize the potential to excel.

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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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