5 Simple Routines to Increase Productivity Throughout the Day

By Patrick Banks

Posted 2 years agoGROWTH

If you talk to any successful entrepreneur about productivity, they’ll tell you it’s a state of mind. It’s a culmination of correct planning, and efforts put to achieve predetermined goals. They’ll also likely tell you that having a good wake-up routine made all the difference for them to become successful and productive.

In this article, we will talk about some of the best wakes up routines that you can introduce in your lifestyle to improve your productivity. So, let’s get started!

1. Get Up Early

This might not sound so appealing, but we kid you not, by waking up early you can improve your productivity tenfold. If you talk to some of the biggest entrepreneurs in the world, nearly two-thirds of them would be early risers.

Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, gets up at 4 AM without fail. Then there is Howard Schultz, the executive chairman of Starbucks, who gets up at 4:30 AM. Many other prosperous people believe waking up early is an important key to success.

Why? When you wake up early, you can take care of your mind, body, and soul. You can exercise, meditate, spend time with your family – in short, fulfil your social and personal obligations…then you can head to work to rake in the big bux.

2. Maintain A To-Do List

Organizing a schedule or keeping a task list may sound tedious but it can give you clarity on the tasks you need to do. Spend some time after waking up creating a to-do list, keeping in mind their difficulty level. Keep the hardest jobs at the top followed by the easy ones.

When you start your day, your mind is fresh and you have more initiative in you. This, in turn, will help you complete your difficult tasks faster and more efficiently. Of course, the other tasks will require effort and time too but by following this method, your overall productivity will improve.

3. Charge Your Phone Away From Your Bedside

Just before going to sleep, most of us have this really bad habit of checking our phones. In fact, social media can take a good chunk of the time without us even realizing it. 

By keeping your phone away from your bedside, you will be forced to sleep, and to fall asleep sooner. Many studies have concluded how cell phones are one of the biggest productivity killers. Also, when you sleep without looking at your phone, you even wake up more relaxed and ready to take on the world.

4. Try to get “Quality” Sleep

The emphasis here is on the word “quality.” Most of us don’t understand the concept of quality sleep. The total hours you spend sleeping does not necessarily imply that you slept well.

Many people sleep nine hours a day and still wake up lethargic whereas some sleep for only five hours and are refreshed and rejuvenated. This is because the quality of sleep in the first case was not up to the mark.

One way that you can lock in a good night’s sleep is by investing in a high-quality mattress for your bed. The right mattress for the way you sleep will ensure that you sleep deeply and comfortably, and wake up ready to tackle the day.

5. Take Out Time to Exercise and Meditate

We are well aware of how exercise can improve our health. But, it can also help us be more productive. Starting each day out with some exercise, whether it’s yoga stretches, swimming or a brisk walk, can make us sharper and more perceptive to our surroundings. Scientifically, there is stimulation of new mitochondria development within our cells when we exercise daily. This, in turn, gives us abundant energy for our mental and physical activities.

We’ll also urge you to take out time to meditate first thing in the morning. Meditation can improve your focus and mental strength. Also, it actively reduces your stress and anxiety levels. Once you start meditating, you’ll regret why you didn’t start sooner. That’s how beneficial it is for your body!

6. Eat A Healthy and Wholesome Breakfast

With our packed schedules, many of us skip our breakfast or just grab a granola bar for the sake of it. This is us killing our productivity with our bare hands.

A healthy breakfast helps us stay focused and gives us energy. In fact, our body and our brain work more efficiently when there is food in our stomach. Opt for a breakfast that is a mixture of lean protein and high-fiber carbohydrates. This will help you remain full for a longer period while simultaneously maintaining your sugar levels.

The thing about productivity is that it can be improved. It is flexible and if you have the hunger, you can set new goals every passing day. The best part? It’ll not be in vain.

While you work on adopting a good wake-up routine, here are some final tips to increase your general productivity:

– Don’t try to do everything yourself. Delegate tasks amongst your colleagues.

– Execute similar tasks together. For example, if you have to make phone calls or send emails, do it in a single session.

– Take breaks. Scientists have found that taking small breaks in between your work will actually increase productivity. Instead of a single long break, take a few shorter breaks throughout the day. Chat with people around you instead of looking at your phone.

– Organize your schedule around your most productive hours. There is a time of the day in which we’re most productive. It can either be morning or evening. Figure this out and try to get your maximum work done during those hours.

– Play soft music while you work. Yes, it can actually improve productivity! Just don’t start punk or metal, as they’ll distract you instead of helping you be productive.

About the author Patrick Banks

Patrick is a Berlin-based dating advisor, motivational speaker, a huge fitness and vegan diet enthusiast and the main editor at Wingman Magazine, specialised in men's health. His ultimate goal is to share with men around the world his passion for self-development and to help them to become the greatest version of themselves. He believes a healthy body and successful social interactions are two main keys to happiness.

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