5 Morning Habits To Keep You Productive
New Zealand’s poor productivity is highlighted in a new report showing people are working longer hours and producing less compared with other OECD countries. So, here are some ways to boost that productivity by starting your day right!
Take short couple minute breaks to get the blood flowing
Performing repetitive tasks or sitting in one position for too long can take a toll on both the body and the ability to focus. Mistakes can be easily made due to mental or physical fatigue whether sitting at a computer or running a machine.
Frequent breaks give the mind and body time to recharge. Here are some other benefits to working breaks:
- Accidents and injuries in the workplace due to inattention decrease
- Employee productivity significantly increases, resulting in a rise in company profits
- Posture due to prolonged work at a desk or machine can improve
- Employee morale increases
Talk to a colleague/manager to get the ideas bubbling
If you’re working in any kind of creative role, you’ll know that sometimes there will be mornings where your creativeness just isn’t there anymore. It’s gone for a nice holiday without you. So, how do we get this creative flow back? Bouncing ideas in the morning is a great way to regenerate those thinkbots in your brain and kickstart your imagination again. You’ll never know what can inspire you next and many of your colleagues will have thoughts and opinions that will inspire you.
Eat a brain-fueling breakfast
As you sleep, your body is hard at work digesting yesterday’s dinner. By the time you wake up, your body and brain are demanding fresh fuel. “Breaking the fast” is a key way to power up in the morning. Do it right and the benefits can last all day. Many studies have shown the health benefits of eating breakfast. It improves your energy levels and ability to concentrate in the short term and can help with reduced risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease in the long term.
Stand up at your desk
In a study of call center employees, those with standing desks were 45% more productive on a daily basis than employees who sat during their shift. In one 7-week study, participants using standing desks reported less stress and fatigue than those who remained seated the entire work day (13Trusted Source). Additionally, 87% of those using standing desks reported increased vigor and energy throughout the day.
Look at your previous work
Some days our productivity is a little lower than others, but don’t worry, that’s completely normal as our bodies and minds are constantly working and changing daily. Not being as productive as the day before isn’t something to be ashamed of nor does it make you any less worthy as a person. IN fact, one of the things that make our productivity kick in once more is looking over the previous work that we’ve done. Seeing what we’ve once accomplished makes your brain realise once more what you’re capable of and gives it that little kick it needs to get into gear again. So, give it a go and give yourself the kick you need today.