Productivity hack 7 – Be kind to yourself

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This is the seventh blog post in a series on the top 9 productivity hacks.
There are hundreds of productivity hacks out there. Most will work in one way or another, but will depend on what you are looking for. The ones we are interested in will work for all areas of your life, work or personal.
Only the ones that are quick and easy to implement and have proven great results have made it onto the list.

At the end of the series I’ll post them all together in an overview.

 

Productivity hack 7 – Be kind to yourself

[blockquote]”No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” Aesop[/blockquote]
 
Don’t beat yourself up about never getting anything done.
 
It is not going to help.
You are only going to feel more stressed.
 
So firstly breathe!
 
If you haven’t looked at any of the previous steps in this Productivty hack series then I suggest taking a look at Productivity hack 1 – take control of your to-do list first.
 
Then move onto Productivity hack 5  – Take 15 mins at end of each day to plan for the next day.
 
These should give you a good grounding on getting yourself organised and back in control so you can see the end goal.
 
And allow you to relax a little bit.
 

Get some sleep

 
Getting to the point where you no longer lie in bed worrying about all of the things you have to do is a great place to be.
 
You absolutely need sleep if you want to be productive.
 
Researchers now know that, as your brain tires, it sucks energy away from the areas needed from critical thinking, in favor of those areas that keep you alert. So you can turn up – you just can’t think very well.
 
Margaret Heffernan makes the point that “Losing one night’s sleep is cognitively equivalent to being over the alcohol limit–without any of the mood enhancement of a good cocktail. Don’t be heroic. Get at least seven hours of sleep every night, and if your schedule won’t allow that, catch up in the daytime. Think of this as asset integrity: maintaining the structural soundness of your equipment so that it won’t break.”
Trying anything you can to get those extra hours sleep is vital.
 
A neat productivity hack is simply working near natural light as often as you can.
 
Studies show that exposure to sun light improves sleep, thereby improving your well-being and in turn your productivity levels.
 
So try and sit near a window.
You’ll get the benefit of improved productivity and better sleep as a result.
 
 

Think positively

 
A positive outlook goes a long way toward keeping you happy, healthy, and productive.
 
Count your blessings, and seek out the silver linings.
 
Why not start a gratitude journal, or simply add it to your Daily Planner and make sure you jot down 3 things you are grateful for that day.
 
This will stop you dwelling on any bad things that have happened and will start to help you see the positive.
 
Making time for you and enjoying life a little makes all the hard work worthwhile.
 
Self-care is important for productivity, so don’t continually neglect yourself in the name of getting more done at the office.
 

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