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How Exercising Makes You More Productive

How Exercising Makes You More Productive

It’s no secret that exercising will improve your health. Working out on a regular basis is good for your internal organs and help you get fit. But, did you know that living the fitness lifestyle will improve your brain power and make you a more productive person? That’s right! Going to the gym isn’t all about bulking up and getting amazing six-pack abs to impress the ladies and gentlemen at the beach.

Helps You Handle Stress Better

Anyone who works in the corporate world will tell you that it’s an extremely stressful situation to be in. Those who doesn’t let stress knock them down tend to perform better at the office. It’s not uncommon that people voluntarily leave a perfectly well paid position because they can’t deal with the stress and anxiety that comes with the job. If only they knew exercising will fix this problem…

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Here is a video by Dnews which will explain how exercising helps you cope better with stress.

Gives You More Brain Cells

According to the process of neurogenesis, the rate of which your brain cells are growing will decrease as you get older. Luckily, this can be prevented. In 2008, a study showed the brain cells of the people who exercise on a regular basis have a higher brain growth rate. Meaning, adults who don’t neglect the gym have more brain power than those who choose to be inactive. This causes them to have an advantage in their workplace in order to advance their careers.

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More Energy

I am no scientist but I know a thing or two. So, here is a quick biology lesson: The majority of the cells in your brain contain something called mitochondria. The purpose of this component is to produce the energy that your body needs. Now, when you exercise, it causes your body to develop more mitochondria, which leads to you having more energy (you can read all about it at WebMD). And the more energy your brain has to use, the sharper your decision making skills will be.

Makes You Happier

When you do intense exercises, it releases a huge amount of endorphins and serotonin into your body. Did you know, a study from Duke University showed that depressed adults who started to exercise had the same positive results as those who took antidepressant Zoloft? This is why endorphins and serotonin are known as natural cures for depression. The benefits don’t stop there. Endorphins improve your abilities to prioritize tasks. This helps you stay focus on urgent matters on the workplace rather than procrastinate.

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Gives You a Memory Boost

Your memory works better when you are active. The American College of Sports Medicine published a study that proves this. In the experiments, a group of students were given some a list of letters to memorize. Then, one part of the group was asked to go run, and lift weights while the other part of the group was asked to stay put. When the students were tested on their memories, it turned out that the group who went exercising scored much better than the other one.

Working out won’t turn you into a genius but it will help you gain more from your life. I don’t know about you, but that’s enough reason for me to dedicate one hour a day to into staying fit.

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How to Be Productive: 11 Ways to Be Productive and Happy at Once

How to Be Productive: 11 Ways to Be Productive and Happy at Once

A lack of productivity leads to a lack of happiness.

When you can’t see yourself making progress or getting things done, you get anxious and become stressful.

There are also tons of things that contribute to unhappiness here too: Facebook notifications, emails, texts, and chatty co-workers are just a small fraction of the disruptions we’re bombarded with. These “little things” can stack up fast and lead to hampering your happiness and productivity levels.

Learn how to be productive with the 11 tips below and reclaim your everyday productivity and your happiness, once and for all.

1. Be happy now

Life is too short. No matter what you’re doing or where you are, be happy now. Start by finding something to be grateful for; everyone has at least one thing to be grateful for.

Most of the world still has trouble getting access to clean drinking water… yhat means you can even be grateful for that bottle of Aquafina you’ve got on your desk right now.

2. Finish your day before it starts

Proper planning is the secret to peak productivity, and it’s also a good idea to set daily goals. Get yourself a planning tool and prioritize your daily tasks with it.

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Here’s a smart technique on planning and prioritization: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

3. Celebrate the small wins

Every time you check off a task from your to-do list, you release a “happy chemical” in your brain called dopamine. This gives you the motivation to move forward and do even more.

For example, after I finish writing this article and I’ve crossed it off my list of things to do today, I’ll get a nice burst of “happy chemicals” releasing in my brain. The best part? Zero side effects!

Learn from here: How To Celebrate Small Wins To Achieve Big Goals

4. Leverage like there’s no tomorrow

Look for ways to use the good old 80/20 rule by identifying tasks that you might be able to outsource or leverage out to a virtual assistant.

Stop wasting time doing things that don’t challenge you or ignite your passion. Hire out or automate anything and everything within your means.

Check out this guide to find out how to start to delegate: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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5. Recharge your batteries

Figure out how many hours of sleep your body needs and make sure you get it. Take time to stretch, walk, or relax—you’ll be glad you did.

Here’re some simple ways to relax completely and get rid of stress.

6. Become an early riser

This is one of the most underused productivity “hacks” on the planet. Ever since I decided to start waking up at 5am every day, my productivity levels and happiness have gone up dramatically.

Most people aren’t up that early, so no one can bother you or disrupt you from what you want to do. Use this time to exercise, meditate, or to get a head start on your day.

Not sure how to wake up earlier? Here are 11 Ways To Become an Early Riser Like Most Successful People Do.

7. Do work you’re passionate about

Make it your goal to blur the line between work and play by doing more things you’re passionate about. This promotes happiness both inside and outside of the workplace.

Find what you’re passionate about and do it, or learn how to enjoy what you do with these tips: How to Enjoy What You Are Doing No Matter What

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8. Use time blocks

For example, when I wrote this article, I gave myself a one hour time block. This prevents unnecessary dilly-dallying like updating your Facebook status and checking email.

Use an app like Alarmed to keep you on track.  Here’s a snapshot of the app from my iPhone.

    9. Avoid interruptions

    Interruptions are among the biggest barriers to both productivity and happiness. Every time you’re interrupted in the middle of a task your level of productivity takes a hit.

    We’ve all been there: you’re fully immersed in an important project until all of a sudden the workplace chatterbox appears out of nowhere and starts talking about stuff that doesn’t matter. By the time she’s gone, you’ve already forgotten where you were and it takes 30 minutes to get back on track.

    Avoid this by letting people know that you’ve got important work that’s got to be done.

    Learn more about how to stay focus in this guide: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

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    10. Shut down the digital disruptions

    iPhones, mailbox notifications, twitter, facebook, and everything that pops, slides, or fades in and out of your screen has got to go. Shut them down and focus.

    It’s as easy as turning off the notifications or scheduling only a specific time to check all these notifications and texts.

    11. Measure your success

    Every now and then, it’s a good idea to measure your results and see how things are coming along.

    How’s your progress? Are you pacing in the right direction? Are things getting better? Worse? It’s always a good idea to track your progress regularly.

    With an app like Rescue Time, you can easily keep track of the time you spend throughout the day. It helps you to find out how much time you’re really on-task and so you can review your progress.

      With these 11 effective ways to improve productivity, you will get more things done timely and become happier.

      Start small and take up each suggestion one by one, you can boost your productivity and create your happiness too.

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