25 Ways To Be a More Productive Human

25 Ways To Be a More Productive Human
We all want to make the most out of every day, but in a quest to maximize the returns on our efforts, we can become counter-productive. Use these tips to manage your time without added stress.
Productivity is a popular topic in our perpetually busy lives. With so much to absorb on a daily basis, and so many decisions to make, we all want to ensure we're making the best of our time. Aiming towards working hard and working smart, as Michael Moroney suggests, is the ideal for the modern day professional. A combination of the two can keep us motivated, protect us from overworking, and allow us to recognize when a change of pace is needed (equally as important as putting in the hours). 

Here are 25 easy-to-put-into-action tips for increasing your personal and professional productivity. Rather than try to tackle them all at once, pick a few that resonate with you!

1. GET SOME NATURAL LIGHT

Early-morning exposure to natural light can help stimulate serotonin production (which is great for feeling great!).

2. EAT BREAKFAST

“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day” may seem like a cliché, but countless productivity experts say that starting your day with a nutritional meal pays off, boosting your ability to curb unhealthy cravings and maintain an even blood-sugar level throughout the day. 

3. READ DAILY AFFIRMATIONS

Try reading daily positive affirmations in the morning before you start your day. When you face an action-packed day, emphasizing your capabilities and self-worth can help you stay motivated. 

4. REVIEW YOUR SCHEDULE

Check your calendar early in the day, either right before or during your commute. This serves two purposes: helping you visualize your day and prepare for what’s ahead, and determining which meetings are “flexible."
When you write things down, you are 42% more likely to remember them.

5. WAKE UP EARLY

Most of us are used to waking up early on weekdays, but waking up early on weekends can give you a chance to cross things off your list—or just be a way to add more downtime into a busy day.  

6. SLEEP IN LATE

Or, if you are chronically sleep deprived, use Saturday and Sunday as chances to catch up on sleep. We all know it’s nearly impossible to get things done efficiently when you’re low on zzzs!

7. KEEP A MASTER CALENDAR

Between your work calendar and your gym schedule, you probably have a lot of different dates and appointments to keep track of. Consider creating one master calendar that syncs up everything. Here are some of our favorite apps for that.

8. TALK IT OUT

A lot of successful women start and end their workdays speaking with a friend, either via a quick phone conversation or over coffee. Chatting about how you are feeling, or just checking in on each other’s lives, can help center you.

9. BREATHE

If it sounds simple, that’s because it is! If you find yourself overwhelmed, stop and take several deep, lung-filling breaths. Sometimes, that’s all it takes to inhale the good, exhale the bad. 
Being a successful woman shouldn’t come at the expense of treating yourself right.

10. PREPARE FOR BIG TASKS

Simply diving into a big project or task can leave you feeling overwhelmed. It’s often best to take time beforehand to survey what's needed, and break the task into smaller, more manageable parts. 

11. MOVE A LITTLE

Like natural light, physical movement creates natural serotonin, which will boost your mood. We know that fitting exercise into a busy day is challenging, but starting small is ok. You can even squeeze in a little workplace yoga!

12. GO ON SILENT

While it can be tempting to think that immediately reading, and responding to, every text, email and post will help you stay on top of things, but that behavior is actually a time suck. Try putting your phone on silent and instead, set aside a few minutes every hour or so to see what you’ve missed. This works great for email as well.

13. MAKE A LIST

One of the worst things you can do for productivity is to assume that you have to remember everything. Give yourself a break, and write things down. In fact, research shows that when you write things down, you are 42% more likely to remember them.

14. USE DIFFERENT KINDS OF LISTS

Try different lists for different purposes. You can have a master list for medium- and long-term goals, an ongoing “to buy” list and then quick lists for the tasks you absolutely must get done on a given day.
Like natural light, physical movement creates natural serotonin, which will boost your mood. 

15. STAY POSITIVE

It is a proven fact that smiling can help people get through difficult moments. As cheesy as it sounds, when you allow yourself to assume a positive outcome, you will be better set up to achieve it. So, come on, let’s see those pearly whites!

16. DRINK CAFFEINE (BUT WISELY)

Caffeine has a whole host of benefits for the busy person, including (but not limited to) stimulating your metabolism before a morning workout and picking you up during a busy work morning. But too much of it can cause dependency, make you anxious, and dehydrate you. 

17. TRAIN YOUR BRAIN

There’s a host of new apps that help you strengthen your brain power with fun but challenging games. Here are a few of our favorites.

18. CONSULT SOMEONE ELSE

Talking to someone else can help you make decisions. Try approaching a friend or colleague with a description of your problem and ask for their help. Many times, two heads really are better than one!

19. TAKE A WALK

As busy women, we don’t often have the time to take a long, leisurely lunch break. But even a 5-minute walk around the office or the block can give you the mental pause you need to tackle the next thing on your list.

20. DON’T SECOND GUESS YOURSELF

We have all experienced “analysis paralysis,” where you get so caught up in thinking about a decision that you literally can’t make one. Try being more confident about the choices you do make, so that you can spend less time worrying, and more time doing.
We have all experienced “analysis paralysis,” where you get so caught up in thinking about a decision that you literally can’t make one. 

21. MEDITATE

Meditation is proven to help you recharge, relax and re-focus, all of which are crucial to productivity. Increasingly, more progressive workplaces are incorporating meditation rooms into their offices, and for good reason!

23. LOOK AT BABY ANIMALS

That’s right. Japanese researchers found that professionals who took a break to indulge in pictures of kittens and puppies returned to the task-at-hand more motivated. So, go on—you know you can’t resist!

24. REWARD YOURSELF

Being a successful woman shouldn’t come at the expense of treating yourself right. Whether it’s a shopping trip after achieving a big life goal or a glass of wine after a hard day at work, you should never feel bad about meeting effort with reward.

25. MAKE YOUR BEDROOM A TECH-FREE ZONE

Technology can be a very useful part of a productive, happy life, but experts say it’s best to avoid bright, artificial light for an hour before bed. This will ensure you get better sleep, so you wake up refreshed and ready to take on the day! 

How do you keep yourself happy, healthy, and motivated? Comment in the section below.