If you’re looking for ways to maximise the little time you have and increase productivity, try implementing some of these very simple but positive lifestyle changes.
Sleep is really important for our overall health and well-being and plays an essential part in our brain’s vital functions.
Many people suffer from sleep deprivation or the ability to actually switch off and fall asleep which is often stress related. In situations like this, try making a few simple changes to your evening routine which should help to encourage a better night’s sleep.
Here are just a few of the things you could try:
- Switch off technology at least an hour before you go to bed (artificial light coming from laptop screens, mobiles and tablets etc. suppresses the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin).
- Write down anything that is stopping you from relaxing and clearing your mind ready for sleep.
- Give yourself time to unwind. Your body needs time to shift into sleep mode; something quiet like reading or listening to music may help.
- Focus on all the good things that have happened during the day; positivity is very calming.
‘Sleep is a necessity, not an indulgence’.
This follows on quite nicely as exercise also plays an important role in creating better sleep patterns; regular exercise can help to reduce the time it takes you to fall asleep whilst increasing the length of your sleep.
Physical activity is good for your body but it’s also great for your mind too:
• Decreases your chance of depression, anxiety and stress
• Boosts self-esteem
• Increases concentration and productivity
• Lowers tension and mental fatigue
If like many of our clients you work on your own, taking part in physical activities can be a really good way to meet people… and further down the line, could perhaps even lead to a few new clients!
Exercising gives us the perfect opportunity to take a well-deserved break from our busy lives and you’ll soon find that you’ll be feeling more invigorated and focussed. (It’s recently been reported that taking regular exercise has been related to higher career success).
Tip: Try blocking out regular ‘slots’ into your diary for going to the gym, exercise classes or even just for taking a walk. Once the time has been blocked out, you’ll start getting into a routine and work, meetings, appointments, etc. can all be arranged around these sessions giving you time for both.
I have heard numerous successful business people talking about importance of reading or even listening to uplifting and informative content on a daily basis.
Even if you only have 15 minutes every morning during your commute or at night before you go to sleep; reading or listening to the right material will help invigorate and inspire you.
If you’re not sure what to read and you’re after some inspiration, you should take at this reading list from 50 global entrepreneurs who have recommended 50 books that forever impacted their lives: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/247511
If you’re not a big reader; here’s another great list of the best business books all under 150 pages: http://www.entrepreneur.com/slideshow/247292
4- Goal setting
After making some of the above changes, hopefully you’ll start to feel more energised, focused and motivated so we need to put all of this positivity to good use.
Start by reviewing your life vision…
Sorry, if this sounds a bit deep for some, but if you haven’t written down your goals (short-term and long-term) you really need to start.
Taking a few minutes to read your life vision helps to put your day into perspective.
If you read your long-term goals everyday, you will think about them everyday. If you think about them everyday and spend your days working towards them – you WILL achieve them.
If you prefer a more creative approach to goal setting, you could create a mood board; an arrangement of images, materials and text which still depicts your goals and vision.
Whichever form works best for you, try it!
After all, we all have a vision of what we would like our future to look like and what we’d like to achieve (both personally and professionally) so it’s important we do everything in our power to make these dreams a reality.
I often say ‘nothing beats the satisfaction of crossing things off a list’ and being productive. Achieving our goals and building our dream is like working our way through a longer but hopefully more enjoyable ‘to do list’ and is the reason we all work so hard.
I hope that by following one, two or all of the above simple lifestyles changes that you will enjoy a more productive and positive life.
If there’s anything in particular within this Blog which has caught your attention and you want to start implementing straight away, I’d love to hear how you get on….