4 Self-Improvement Tips for Productivity
4 Self-Improvement Tips for Productivity. Saying goodbye to summer and the lovely sunny weather isn’t easy, but with autumn being ushered in, we are presented with a chance to realign ourselves and our work priorities. According to a study conducted by the Harvard Business School, despite the generally overcast weather during fall, people become more focused on work because the summer is already over and distractions from summertime activities are no longer taking up brain space.
September also happens to be the self-improvement month and it would be a great time to integrate some new techniques to be more productive. Instead of the weather getting you down and fogging your mind up, use this time to improve yourself and your habits to be more productive. Here are some tips to try out:
Not everyone is a morning person, but in a world where eight-to-fives are a thing, being up in the morning matters. Developing a morning ritual you can stick to can help set the wheels in motion and have you geared towards the right direction. You know your day will be packed with things you have to do, so why not make the time to do something for yourself before everything else? Wake up 20 or 30 minutes earlier and brew yourself some tea, read a good book, or exercise for a few minutes. Exercising early in the morning in particular gives your system a natural high on endorphins which bring about a great mood! Find a pleasurable routine to help energize you for the day ahead.
There is a popular phrase that says, “It takes 21 days to form a habit,” but contrary to that statement, it actually takes 66 days on average! Don’t be discouraged by the numbers and start with an attainable goal. Commit yourself to doing something consistently for a week. Then, make it two weeks… then, a month. This is a good way to compete with or motivate yourself. If routines aren’t your thing, try following a 30-day challenge. There are various resources online that can give you 30-day challenges to eat better, exercise more, declutter, or even improve your mental health through varying pre-set daily activities. This can allow you to know yourself a little more or maybe even discover new hobbies that you can enjoy.
Having a strong focus isn’t an innate ability. It’s like a muscle you need to train. However, if you find yourself as the kind of person whose attention span or flow just isn’t for a straight session of productive efforts, the Pomodoro Technique can help you out. It is a technique where you complete the work within the time you have rather than working against the “time left”. It works by dividing your day into 25-minute periods, each separated by 5-minute breaks called Pomodoros. After four Pomodoros, you can take longer, 15−20-minute breaks. You can set a timer for your 25-minute intervals and challenge yourself to not be distracted within this period. Knowing you have a 5-minute break coming creates a pleasurable sense of urgency to work towards it. With this technique, you can complete tasks during your worktime window while being rewarded with breaks in small increments throughout the day. Use that 5-minute break to refresh your mind—play if you want to! Being productive doesn’t have to be boring. Use those Pomodoros to invigorate you and help you achieve more.
Adopting a growth mindset
Your perception of failures and success greatly impacts how you go about your day-to-day activities. Instead of beating yourself too much over a mistake, think of it as a lesson to improve and make yourself better. Things aren’t always easy but there is always room to grow. When things get challenging, know that it’s okay to ask for help or direction. In a work environment, this translates to knowing you can’t always do everything by yourself and that there’s always someone who can help you get better at what you do. Co-working spaces and collaborative environments can help foster a healthy growth mindset by finding like-minded people and learning from them.
Take that first step towards self-improvement and be a better version of yourself today!
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