How to be Productive at Work: Four Healthy Habits You Should Start Today
By April Rose Cañete on 08 March 2019
There are several factors that can affect your productivity at work, and they range from physical to mental challenges.
It is no mystery that healthy workers are the most productive and positive at work. Good news is, you don’t need to break the bank for an international holiday to fully relax and recover from stress at work. In fact, you can start by making simple changes in your daily routine.
Here are 5 healthy habits to incorporate into your routine:
Get Good Amount of Sleep Every day
Research strongly recommends getting 7-9 hours of sleep every night as consistently as you can. Being active throughout your day can lead to a more restful night, and ensure you avoid caffeine and foods and drinks high in sugar in the hours leading up to bed.
Your brain cannot fully function if your body lacks the right amount of energy it needs; you’ll end up exhausted even before you start your day, which may lead to decreased productivity. Many factors such as insomnia, stress, or anxiety can contribute to sleep deprivation so it is important that you seek help from a professional if you think your trouble sleeping may be more than an unhealthy habit.
Practice a Healthy Lifestyle
A healthy lifestyle does not end with eating a balanced diet – it extends to taking regular exercise, staying hydrated and getting the right amount of sleep. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle will not only make you productive at work but will give you long-term benefits. You will also reduce the risk of developing many lifestyle-related diseases.
Try to think of healthy eating less like a diet, and more like a complete lifestyle change. It takes 21 days to form a new habit, so why not try a 21-day challenge; such as starting every day with fruit or drinking 3 litres of water per day. These smaller challenges are the perfect way to ease into forming new healthy habits. The change doesn’t need to happen overnight!
Manage Your Time Wisely
Having breaks is crucial to productivity and wellbeing. If you’re feeling up to it, it can help to keep the momentum going by keeping your mind and body active during breaks. You can do this through various activities such as taking a walk, hitting the gym, meditating, listening to motivational podcasts, or reading self-help books. However, especially if you have a really high-stress job, it may be equally as beneficial to just take some time to relax to ensure that you are feeling recharged once you sit back down at your desk.
Find a Relaxing Hobby After Work
What do you do in the 5-or-so hours between finishing work and going to sleep? This is your opportunity to fully detach and disconnect yourself from work and focus on something you are passionate about. A good hobby that you find relaxing can be a peaceful and remedial practice. This can be more difficult for parents, whose main objective is usually to get the kids bathed, fed and to bed on time, but if you have an hour to yourself each night, try to prioritise yourself and your interests.