A recent study has revealed the average person now spends 90 minutes a day on their smartphones. That’s 23 days a year and 3.9 years of your life!
Life is full of distractions like your smartphone, so we’ve listed 7 ways to help you boost your brain-power and productivity in the workplace.
Find your most productive time in the day and assign your ‘big tasks’ for then
Work out when you have the most energy in the day and reserve it as your time to buckle down. It could be first thing in the morning, or just after your coffee break. Try to avoid booking meetings in that time – and keep it sacred!
Listen to your body
People often try and push through hunger or tiredness to work, but this can make you completely unproductive. It may sound basic, but try to eat when you’re hungry, sleep when you’re tired, and have a break when you’re struggling.
Make time for things that energise you
Figure out what energises you and assign one night of your week to it. It could be your favourite sport or hobby, reading time, yoga, date night, or an artistic pursuit – whatever puts you in a good mood. Just keep it booked as a permanent fixture in your calendar.
Don’t give yourself “tasks”. Think positive!
We’re often told to tackle one task at a time, and treat ourselves with a break or chocolate bar when it’s done. But this actually turns your task into a negative. It means your mind will want to run away and find any excuse not to do it. Try thinking about the positives of the task – even try and make it fun! This will make the task less daunting – and you can still have a chocolate bar when you’ve finished!
The mental pressure to remember all your tasks is enough to drive anyone insane! Write it down. Not only is putting pen to paper hugely cathartic, but it makes tasks appear a lot less daunting when written down.
Carry a notebook
It has been said that truly interesting people carry about a notebook on them at all times. These are their treasured archives, to scribble down pearls of inspiration, take notes or jot down an idea there and then when it comes to mind. Give it a try!
Be the CEO of your own life
Write a personal mission statement and revise (even edit) it regularly. It’ll help guide the decisions you make and indicate where to prioritise your energy and time, to reach your goals.