Life is short. To make the most of our time, we develop routines. These routines can be good and bad. You see, habit is just unconscious behavior that we’ve repeated regularly. To make sure that your habits enhance productivity, I’ve made a list of things you “chain” together to get the most out of them.
1. When you wake up, drink a large glass of water immediately.
Water wakes your body up. That means you won’t be in bed for “another 10 minutes” wondering if you should get up or not! And drinking a large glass of water means you get to fulfill a part of your dietary needs.
2. Cleaning your desk before settling down for work.
My parents always said that a clean house is a clean mind. They’re right. A clean space means an uncluttered mind. There’s less distractions and you feel less chaotic. It’s showing that you have control over your life!
3. Play white noise when you work to help your mind concentrate better.
I, like many others, love to listen to music when working, but sometimes, a really good song will break your concentration. Using white noise prevents that and lets your focus on the task at hand. Your mind isn’t trying to process the lyrics of the song while you’re writing your thesis or a to-do list for the day.
4. Order your to-do list from hardest to simplest and do the hardest thing first.
Doing the most difficult task on your list gives you a sense of accomplishment when you complete it. If you do the easiest thing first, you’re spending time and energy for something that doesn’t require all that. If you have a hard time starting it, just tell yourself that you’re the only one that can finish it — because it’s true.
5. When you feel drowsy at work, get up and walk up a flight of stairs.
When you feel drowsy, all you want to do is go to sleep. You don’t think about work — you think about a nice, comfy bed. When you feel like that, you get nothing done. So why not get up and walk up a flight of stairs? It’ll get your blood pumping, your lungs breathing harder and burns calories. Stairs are your best friend!
6. Write a Completed List at the end of the day.
It’s a little bit like journaling, but in list form. What tasks were you able to accomplish today? Once you start writing a Completed List at the end of the day, it gives you data regarding your progress to success!