How to Increase Productivity by Skyrocketing Energy Levels & Implementing These Time Saving Strategies
In a world where we are all trying to do more with less time everyone is looking to increase their productivity to get better results in a shorter time frame. However productivity is more than just how much we get done within a set period of time. It’s also whether we are working on meaningful tasks that are taking us towards our goals or just being busy for the sake of being busy.
Being more productive can have an awesome positive effect on the rest of your life as you start to feel generally more positive due to lower stress levels and more free time to do what you really love to do. Such as spend time with family or friends or participate in your favorite activity or sport.
Here are some cutting edge strategies that you can start to implement today on how to increase producivity immediately and start getting more out of each day.
How to Increase Productivity by Prioritizing Your Health to Increase Energy
If you’re feeling tired, lacking energy or finding that you are experiencing an afternoon slump each day then you wont be reaching your potential performance level and are likely not being as productive as you could be. Energy levels have a massive impact on productivity and so prioritizing your health is a vital first step to increase productivity.
So what are some things you can do to upgrade your diet today to improve your energy levels?
- Try reducing the amount of sugar you eat. Besides the fact that consuming excess sugar will help you gain weight, increase the aging process and put you at risk of heart disease, high sugar intake will also plummet your energy levels!
- Drink more water. Dehydration can seriously deplete your energy levels so make sure you’re drinking enough water throughout the day.
- Try adding some raw foods into your diet. Food is energy. Check out the images below that show the energetic field of raw food compared to cooked food. These photos are taken “through a technique known as Kirlian photography which captures the electrical charge surrounding matter”. Photo from sunfood.com.
- Add some healthy fats into your diet today. Healthy fats keep you feeling satiated and release energy slowly so you will help you feel more awake throughout the day. These are some of our favorite healthy fat sources to test out and see what works for you.
NOTE: For some of you that have been living a high pace lifestyle, eggs and whey protein might cause lower energy because of food sensitivities (click here if you’re interested in getting tested). In that case, hemp protein, beef protein or collagen protein may be great substitutes.
- Add to your diet some Organic Acids to help keep your gut healthy. An unhealthy gut microbiome can have an enormous effect on your health and energy levels. See our article here for more information on the gut microbiome. Try lemons, some fermented foods or apple cider vinegar.
Exercise can also have a massive impact on energy levels. Even with just 7 minutes a day you will start to see the benefits. Check out our article here for more ways to exercise for better results in less time. Or use a fitbit or something similar to track your movement levels and be able to measure your progress as you watch yourself improve.
If you’re reading this and thinking that you just don’t have time. You’re too busy to cook healthy food and make sure you are eating the right macronutrients then try one of these services that makes healthy eating super easy:
- Plated.com – a weekly box of fresh and seasonal ingredients, pre-portioned for the recipes you choose.
- Eatology.com & Paleoonthego.com – healthy paleo meals delivered to your door
- Thryve – This app is a new and improved way to track your food. No calories are counted only how each meal made you feel. Get back in touch with your body and what makes it thryve. Noticing these connections can be good for anyone — not just those with special dietary needs.
How to Increase Productivity by Create Systems & Getting Organized – Discipline Creates Free Time
Do you have a messy or cluttered office like this one? How does it make you feel?
How do you feel when its tidy, uncluttered like this one below? Can you feel the difference? Are you more productive in the tidy, organized office?
Clutter can really contribute to your stress levels and can be a major productivity killer. Try making the time to spring clean and declutter and feel your productivity levels improving as your focus and concentration also improve and your stress levels decrease.
Having unread books, large unfinished lists or other unfinished business for the day can also suck productivity levels. Try and put the big list aside and each day work towards just three main goals for the day. You will achieve more by focusing on just one task at a time and prioritizing those most important actions then spending time worrying about not yet getting to that big to do list.
Organization also leads to stress reduction and skyrocketing productivity. Have you been putting off getting organized or putting a system in place for the activities you undertake each day because it seems too hard or you just don’t have the time? Systemizing all you can in your work and staying organized can save you so much time and make you so much more productive in all aspects of your life. From your career to your exercise and nutrition. Remember discipline actually creates free time.
Want some awesome tech to help you out? Try out one of our favorites here:
- Process.st – Process.st is a great tool to map out all the systems and processes in your business or workplace so your whole team can quickly get up to speed and stay consistent with their work.
- Evernote – Evernote is one of the best apps you can use to keep notes, ideas, articles you want to read later and anything else that just needs to be recorded so you can move on with the task at hand.
- Google Docs – Google docs is a great tool to use for all your documents as they are then easily shared and updated by all team members as required. You will never have to worry about outdated versions of documents again.
Focus – One Task at A Time
Multi-tasking is out and focusing on just one important task at a time is definitely in. Focusing on just one task at a time can help skyrocket productivity and actually help you get more done. If you have trouble concentrating on one task at a time try using the pomodoro technique.
This involves setting a timer for a set time period such as 20-25 minutes. Don’t make it any longer it’s meant to be short enough that you feel like it’s achievable. Then set the timer and start your one task. During that 20 minutes you can only work on that task. Turn off your phone, social media & email. Its only 20 minutes, they can wait. You will find it easy to get started and actually find yourself more productive as you race the clock to get as much into your 20 minutes as possible.
There are some great pomodoro apps and timers that you can download to make it even easier.
How to Increase Productivity by Tracking & Improving
Anything you track you instantly become more aware of. Keeping a food journal often helps people lose weight as they simply become more aware of what they are eating. Keeping track of where you spend your time has the same effect. You become aware of when you are most productive and what you may waste the most time on during your day. Get familiar with exactly what you spend your time on and then work to improve this until it looks like your ideal day.
Try journaling as another tool to help you process your day and clear your mind of things that may actually be using up your energy. It can also be a sounding board for ideas and help relieve stress. Often taking the time to journal each day actually helps you be more productive and creative. Give it a try.
How to Increase Productivity by Outsourcing
Even when you are at your most productive, there are only so many hours in the day and only one of you. Outsourcing is one of the best ways to get more out of your day and its more affordable than you may think.
Outsourcing means more time to focus on your areas of genius. Those things that you really enjoy and excel at. Outsource other tasks. Especially ones that may be sapping a lot of your energy but not actually moving you much further in your business or life.
Try these websites, which make outsourcing easy:
- Fancyhands.com – all your virtual assistant needs handled
- Elance.com & Odesk.com – these websites make it easy to hire all sorts of contractors from writers, researchers and data entry to website designers and developers.
- Fiverr.com – get all sorts of tasks done for $5 such as logos, website banners and small writing & editing tasks
Want some more resources on how to skyrocket energy & productivity? Check out these podcasts for some more awesome tips and advice.
- Gary Rush: How to Triple Your Energy, Productivity & Performance from Tony Robbins Top High Performance Coach
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