This post was written by Vanessa Davis.
Let’s start things off with a question, shall we…
Do you think you’re working at your optimum productivity levels?
Well, no matter what you think, chances are you’re not. A recent study by the USC Center for Effective Organizations revealed that although energy levels of US business leaders are on the rise, their productivity isn’t really following suit…
As a matter of fact, according to the study, more than 80% of business leaders don’t feel like they’re working at optimum energy levels. Moreover, roughly 60% feel like they’re working far below their best energy level.
So even if you’re feeling completely energized all the time, it doesn’t mean you’re productive…
The question now is – what can you do to change it?
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OK, whether you’re a person that jumps out of the bed every morning before the alarm clock even starts beeping, or you’re one of those people who doesn’t feel like their day has started until the second cup of coffee, you definitely need some help staying energized during the day.
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Luckily, there are some universal things you can do, that will help you manage your energy and, in turn, become more productive than ever. So here are a couple of tips that will allow you to make the most out of your day and achieve maximum productivity!
Improve your sleep quality.
We’ve put sleep first for a good reason – everyone needs quality sleep. Sleep supplies you with energy and recovers both your body and mind after a long, hard day at the office. However, despite the importance of sleep, it seems like most people don’t take it too seriously.
For instance a century ago, your average worker slept for more than nine hours each night. Today, however, the average American sleeps for less than seven hours. And from the looks of it, modern electronic devices and increased stress levels have led to this.
You need to start getting more quality sleep each night, not only to stay energized but also to avoid serious conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and even cancer. Heck, even an ordinary thing like snoring can easily lead to sleep apnea and cause terrible issues down the line.
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Start a morning ritual.
After a good night’s sleep, it’s time to wake up and get things going. When you start every single day, in the same manner, your body sends a signal to your brain that it’s time to get the ball rolling from the get-go – even if you don’t feel too much like it.
And what should your morning ritual look like? It’s all up to you actually. It can be something extremely simple like taking a quick shower – which, as recent studies have shown, can increase your productivity – or something more intense as a quick workout.
Basically, you just need to find something that will give you either a rush of adrenaline or dopamine, both chemicals that will get you going and motivate you. Just pick an activity that will put you in the mindset you need and that you’ll be able to commit to on a regular basis.
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Stop sitting hunched over.
Whether they’re working in an office or from home, most people sit for a number of hours during their workday. So if you’re working behind a desk each day, one of the worst things you can do is hunch over your keyboard or laptop.
As CEO of Trepoint, Bill Carmody puts it “sitting is the new smoking” and sitting hunched over pushes the diaphragm against the lungs, which limits your ability to take deep breaths. When your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, your concentration starts to suffer.
That’s why you need to change this behavior immediately. There are a couple of solutions. You can, for example, start having walking meetings. This will increase your creativity and help you start making better business decisions in the process, according to research from Stanford University.
Drink water regularly.
The last tip we have is rather simple. But since so many people reach for the coffee mug instead of a water bottle, we feel that it’s important to talk about staying hydrated a little bit. Therefore, instead of making coffee first thing in the morning, grab a glass or two of water.
After eight hours of sleep, your body naturally becomes dehydrated, and if you’re putting caffeine in it, this will only dehydrate your body even more. What’s more, dehydration during the day can have some nauseating effects like sluggishness and even confusion.
So make sure to have a glass of water every hour. Maybe even start carrying a water bottle with you, just to remind yourself to drink water. And drinking a full glass of water can become a part of your morning ritual and help you get healthier in addition to staying hydrated.
While it might not seem like a big deal, feeling tired during the day will hinder your overall performance. It will also cost your company and yourself, of course, a lot of money. Although you’ve just finished reading our tips, it’s safe to say that it would be a smart idea to go over everything once again to sum things up.
So there you have it, those are our tips that will help manage your energy. What do you think about our tips? Did we leave anything crucial out? Do you have any tips of your own? Make sure to share your thoughts with the rest of us by leaving a comment below.