Everyday Activities That Can Help Increase Productivity
Feeling unproductive leads our productivity to a slow or grumbling halt and with busy days, it’s hard to remember that our hobbies can come to use. Here are eight everyday hobbies that can turn your slow work into an actual workflow.
Most of us dread having to think about any form of aerobic exercise, but jogging in the morning can be a great way to wake up and have your whole body surge with energy. Aerobic exercise is great for your health and mind because it improves the body’s ability to deliver oxygen to muscles, but also releases chemicals that help you feel good such as endorphins! This helps with stress levels, confidence, and tiredness.
Winding down and zoning out can actually be more beneficial than given credit for. A stress-free mind can do wonders to creativity and problem solving because it allows you to better focus on what is needed of you. Taking a few moments to yourself can help you narrow down your priorities and help you patch up any holes in your schedule.
You don’t need to be a professional to enjoy this hobby! Painting can help create unspoken or even unwritten thoughts to spill out on a blank canvas before you. This may help get rid of unpleasant feelings that may surface up throughout the day, but also gives you time to have a hands-on project to do away from work. Getting out your thoughts in a positive way only increases your productivity when getting back to your arduous workload. Of course, if you are a stressed out painter, maybe try crafting instead?
Nothing excites me more than busting out my colored pens and jotting down points until my heart's content. List making helps productivity by setting clear expectations of what is needed for a certain task or event throughout the day. Why keep repeating your grocery list in your head while you’re doing an essay that’s due in an hour? Don’t! You’ll most likely somehow end up putting a random item on your list onto that paper. Make your lists catered to your needs, which can vary on creativity or even style.
Listening to Music
People often attribute classical music to be helpful on concentrating, but why limit yourself to just that? Listen to music that makes you feel like the best you. Having mini jam sessions or even busting out a move can help you come back to work with better focus. Rewarding yourself to mini breaks here and there will allow your brain to catch up.
Your workspace environment can make or break your productivity flow. Allowing yourself to be in a clean and organized setting can help eliminate distractions and forgetfulness. You will know exactly where you need to be looking for that pen or pencil without wasting a lot of your time. Cleaning may seem like a boring or tedious task, but some even find it relaxing!
Food for thought. A saying that goes beyond the context because your brain actually needs food! Being hungry can cause irritability and tiredness, which decreases the energy you have to focus on your task. Healthy snacks and drinks can help your body and mind retain the needed energy it takes to perform well in various different settings. A happy stomach does more than just being full, it also makes your brain ready to work!
This may be the last one on the list, but also one of the most important things to do! Our bodies and minds are often worn or tired from a long day’s work and need to catch up to perform well the next day. Without sleep, we’re constantly in a state of exhaustion which inhibits us from being creative, having energy, or even thinking logically. Next time you’re tired, try taking a nap if you still have a lot to do. Being well rested allows each person to start the day off fresh and ready!
Are you incorporating enough of these important activities in your day-to-day life?
Written by Annie Zohra