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Remember These Scientific Productivity Tricks

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It is so easy to be counterproductive when you are trying to be productive.

Many people like to think that they are great multitaskers, but the brain can actually only handle one activity at a time. What should multitaskers do to be more productive? Remove the distractions, first and foremost, and focus on one activity at a time. Let’s take a look at some ways that you can stay more productive each day.

Take Breaks

Many times at work we feel that the more we work, the quicker we can finish our tasks and go home. Our brains, however, need to take a break. This helps you stay more alert and re-energize yourself for the rest of the day. Set a reminder on your phone to take a break.

Procrastination is NOT Good

Many people like to boast how well they work under pressure and are fantastic procrastinators. You may get the task done, but it will never be up to the standard that it could have been if you took the necessary time to complete it. Set up a reward system for yourself as you complete each step of the necessary task.

Sleep is Extremely Important

Many times we try to get up super early and accomplish many things before officially getting the day started. That is fine if you go to bed early. If not, your body and brain will be fatigued, work performance will be compromised, and you will make yourself sick. You will never be as productive as you can be if you don’t get the right amount of sleep. Science has proven time and time again how important this is to our body and our mind.

Don’t Work Alone

This is a tricky one because it can be frustrating to work with someone else who may take their time on something that you need to be done. But our brains work harder when we are working with other people. It challenges us to think outside the box, hear other people’s ideas, and get new ones based off of that. Try to bounce ideas off other people or ask to work with a partner/group on your next task.

Be Active

It is so easy to come home after a long day of work and lounge out on the couch. It is proven that submaximal aerobic exercise helps our brain’s cognitive performance. You will actually be gaining more energy by exerting more energy. Find a walking partner or leisure sport like tennis to play after work. Keep yourself moving and your brain will thank you with solid production.