The beautiful part about these practices is that they will help you not only increase productivity, but they can enhance your happiness and lower stress levels. These five 50-minute practices may be the inspiration you need to start where you are, use what you have, and do what you can.
“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.” – Paul J. Meyer
The concept of the following practices is inspired by Brendon Burchard, who has shown that these five things can afford anyone 30% more energy and effectiveness in just one week. Resolve to do these five things this week and see how much positive momentum you’ve created by the end of the week.
5 Practices to Increase Productivity
1. Sleep 50 minutes more.
If you’re not sleeping 8 hours every night, try upping your sleep routine by 50 minutes. Go to bed 50 minutes earlier or set your alarm to wake up 50 minutes later. This additional sleep will help “improve your cognitive scores by 22% within 7 days,” as Brendon has proven. Science also shows that getting a good night’s sleep will re-charge your energy levels (helping increase productivity) and makes it easier to be a kind human being. Restful sleep is a powerful good-mood elixir.
2. Stretch and strategize for 50 minutes in the morning.
Instead of immediately checking email or responding to others first thing in the morning, try stretching for 20 minutes (I love yoga) and planning your day for 30 minutes. Giving this time to yourself is life-changing. Listen to your body and decide what matters to you today, and every day.
3. Schedule your work in 50-minute time blocks.
To be productive, we must take care with our minutes. These scheduled blocks are for your work/creation alone–nothing else is allowed to enter this space. It’s only your focus on your work. There are no text messages, emails, phone calls, browsing social media, or other activities or busywork. This is about doing ONE thing at a time. This is all about focus.
4. Take a break every 50 minutes.
If you want to increase productivity, take a break. You can set an alarm on your phone to go off every 50 minutes to remind you to stand, stretch, move, hydrate, and breathe. No matter what you’re doing or how passionate you are about your work, taking this break will refresh your mind and realign your body (especially if you’re sitting at work).
5. Make space for 50-minute renewal times.
Dedicate 50 minutes in the day to completely focus on energy renewal. You can walk outside, dance, meditate, create art, or do anything that makes you feel energized and creative and alive. Make these 50 revitalizing minutes a priority every day, and you will increase productivity without adding on stress (you will likely remove stress from your life by doing this).
Taking time to live will only inspire your work.
- How do you stay productive and happy?
- Which of these practices would you like to implement?
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Remember, you are always enough.