Are you stressed because your productivity has recently gone down? Do you try to wake up in the morning to work, but you don’t have the energy or motivation to start early and stay focused? If you were productive, energetic and enthusiastic about work but all that has changed, here are the probable reasons.
You Don’t Sleep Well
A good night’s sleep is essential for an energy-filled day. Make sure you get at least 7 hours of quality sleep every night. If you sleep for at least 7 hours, but you still wake up tired and sleepy, maybe it’s time to change your mattress and bed. Check what bed shops near you have to offer and go for a stable mattress that protects your back when you lie down.
If you have a good mattress, but you still wake up tired, check your diet. Eating heavy foods just before you go to bed overworks your digestive system. Instead of your body resting, it will be working overtime to digest the food. Eat at least three hours before bedtime.
You Allow Distractions
You wake up early, motivated and energetic and head to the office, but you’ve still not completed the scheduled tasks and you feel unhappy by the end of the day. Probably you’ve allowed your phone or the internet to distract you. If you spend time on social media or chatting with friends, you’ll achieve less than you would when you block distractions.
You don’t have to pick every call, pay attention to every person who knocks on your door or text back immediately. If possible, turn your phone off or only allow important notifications and calls.
If you work from home, children and house chores can be a significant distraction. Get an assistant to handle the tasks but attend to most of your work when the children are asleep or engaged.
Too Little or No Set Goals
Goals motivate you to stay focused. If you wake up, but you don’t have a clear plan of what you need to do or achieve, you’ll aimlessly go through the day. Instead, plan the night before what you need to do when you wake up. Do you have meetings to attend, emails to send or calls to make? It helps to write it down. Also, plan what you’ll wear in advance.
When you go to work, start with the most challenging duties as you go down to the simpler ones. You don’t want to handle involving tasks when tired or drained. Also, having too many things to do lowers productivity. You’ll burn out, lose focus and motivation. Plan activities for the day and leave enough room to relax and spend time with the family.
As much as overeating has significant effects on productivity, eating too little is also a problem. Your adrenal glands will overwork, and your energy levels deplete, leading to burnout. Remember to stay hydrated. Always have a glass of water on your work desk, and make sure you stand up and replenish it every hour. The exercise improves your blood flow and ensures you get enough water.
With these tips, you’ll not procrastinate, but your productivity will be on a higher level without the risk of burnout.