It doesn’t feel great to spend an entire day at work then stress out that you’ve accomplished nothing. But we all have those days where we’re scatterbrained, unable to focus, and unable to get through our to-do list.
An “off” day here or there is standard. But there are some easy ways to increase productivity, so those days are few and far between.
Wish you could become a more productive person at work and home? Here are five methods to enhance your brain for greater productivity.
Whether you like it or not, exercise is key to having a healthy body and a healthy mind.
Running, dancing, and doing cardio are some of the ways that you can stimulate the body, increase flexibility, and improve mobility. But there’s a lot more to exercise than just achieving a six-pack.
Physical exercise improves all your internal functions and increases healthy brain tissue growth. Exercise releases all sorts of hormones and natural chemicals in the body that can improve your mood and improve your sleep. Both of these are essential to having a healthy brain.
And no, you don’t have to lift weights, spin for hours, or run a marathon. Low-impact fitness routines, such as yoga and walking, also help the brain.
Exercise Your Brain Too
Some people focus on their abs, their glutes, their shoulders, or their legs when working out. But if it’s productivity you’re striving for, you’ll need to exercise your brain as well.
Here’s the good news:
You can exercise your brain while you’re lying in bed, lounging on the couch, or taking a coffee break in the office.
Do jigsaw puzzles and play card games. Play puzzle games and online games that involve memory, strategy, and vocabulary. These are all great ways to keep your brain fit, young, and healthy!
2. Learn to Focus
If you want to be more productive, you’ll need to learn how to focus.
Meditation is a great way to increase your attention span. When appropriately practiced, meditation can help to clear the mind. The clearer the mind, the easier it is to focus.
Meditation is also a masterful way to relax and unwind. By meditating a bit each day, you can drop those stressful, overwhelmed feelings and tackle the next task at hand.
There are several meditation types, and it can take some time to learn the proper practices. If you’re looking for quick ways to focus your brain, there are ways to do that too.
Eliminate distractions at work. Take breaks throughout the day and reward yourself as you complete challenging projects. Clean your desk so that you have an organized work space. These are all simple ways to promote focus and encourage better productivity.
Something as simple as sitting by a window and increasing your sunlight exposure can make you feel more alert, awake, and productive.
3. Write More
From creating short to-do lists to writing pages upon pages in a daily journal, the art of writing is an excellent way to increase brain productivity.
Writing things down is also an easy way to clarify your thoughts.
You can write down things you want to remember. You can write down things you need to remember. You can make to-do lists, track the progress of things you’ve already accomplished, and record your thoughts in creative form.
Any way you do it, putting pen to paper can help to organize your thoughts in a level-headed manner. And the better you get at clearing your head and clarifying your ideas, the more productive you become.
Keep a journal or a notebook at your bedside and make writing a part of your nightly routine. Not only is writing therapeutic for the brain, but it’s an effective way to unwind before bed.
Taking the time to unwind before bed will help you get a better night’s sleep. A full night’s sleep can lead to increased productivity in the morning.
4. Laugh More
“Laughter is the best medicine” is an old-fashioned phrase rooted in truth and with science behind it.
Laughing releases endorphins and endorphins make up feel happier and more at ease. The more we laugh, the less stress we feel, and lower stress levels allow us to focus and be more productive.
Laughter has other positive effects on the body, like boosting your immune system, relieving pain, and soothing tension. All these things can make your brain healthier and more equipped to accomplish tasks at work and home.
5. Improve Sleep Habits
Having good sleep habits is essential to having a healthy, functioning brain. With the proper amount of sleep each night, you’ll have better concentration, cognition, and performance levels.
Sleep doesn’t just rejuvenate our bodies — it also helps to clean and clear the brain. While we sleep, the body repairs cells, restores energy levels, and gets rid of toxins. That’s one of the reasons why, when we get a good night’s sleep, we wake up eager to take on the day.
Sleep experts recommend adults get about seven to nine hours of sleep each night. If you’re getting less (or sleeping for more extended periods), you’ll never feel refreshed, rejuvenated, or productive when you wake up.
It feels great to get into bed knowing that you had a productive day and completed every item on your to-do list.
And there are many ways to enhance your brain so that you can enjoy that feeling each and every day:
- Exercise your body with a fitness routine
- Give your brain a workout by playing word games, memory games, and strategy games
- Improve your focus by meditating, eliminating distractions, and creating an organized workspace
- Write things down to help clarify your thoughts and improve brain function
- Laugh more often to reduce stress levels and increase focus
- Improve your sleep habits, so your brain and body have a chance to rejuvenate themselves
With these tips and tricks, you can improve your overall well-being and become the effective, productive person you want to be!
Caitlin Sinclair is the Property Manager at Diega with five years of property management experience and many more in Customer Service. She shares her passion for her community and looks forward to making Diega the place to call home.