All of us would agree unanimously to the fact that work-from-home, online classes, and the whole stay-at-home practice to prevent COVID-19 spread have made us lazier, and the weather has not helped. Even as the world has to a great extent adapted to the new normal, with many people already going to offices physically, the problem of low productivity that began with the pandemic, has persisted. People have experienced burn out, chronic stress, and have got into the habit of work from home. Even as they know it is not the healthiest, the loop is difficult to break from.
However, irrespective of where you work from and what you do, being productive is important. Chances are, that if you are not able to deliver and meet your own expectations, you can end up beating yourself up for it, which only leads to more stress and anxiety. If you have been experiencing low productivity lately, here is a routine you can follow through the week in order to get more active and feel better.
A daily routine to improve productivity
6:30 am – Wake up
Waking up early is more important than you think. It gives you time to energize yourself, and give yourself time apart from the commitments that you have for the day. It also helps improve your sleep cycle, which is usually disrupted due to a bad schedule.
7 am – Meditate
In the times we live in, mindfulness is very important. Meditating early in the morning helps you to keep your head clear, and be in sync with your thoughts. It also helps you to take on your day with positivity and a clean canvas for the mind.
7:30 am – Exercise
Exercise is a very important part of a healthy lifestyle and routine. It is recommended to exercise in the morning as you can get it out of the way, and it also keeps you energized throughout.
8:30 am – Breakfast
Breakfast is known to be the most important meal of the day. Incorporating a healthy breakfast into your day can really give you the boost to work well and efficiently.
9:30 am – Drink coffee
After an hour from your breakfast, you can drink a cup of coffee. Try to keep it black to ensure you are not consuming too much sugar, which will in fact make you feel less energized.
10 am – Make yourself a to-do list
After you have had a good morning, you can finally take on your work. Make yourself a to-do list. This will help you organize your work commitments in a better way. It will also give you a sense of achievement every time you strike something off the list as ‘done’.
12 pm – Have your lunch
Having your meals slightly sooner than you usually do ensures that you do not get super hungry. When you are hungry, you are likely to lose your focus. Also, when you eat after you have been starving, you are likely to feel lazy and sleepy, which in turn affects your productivity.
1 pm – Screen time
There is no one in the world who can continue to work, without becoming less efficient, if they do not take a break. You can take a break from the monotony of the work or the day, with some screen time. Choose how you want to spend it, and spend it guilt-free. Limit your screen time to maximum one hour, and take appropriate breaks from it as well.
4.30 pm – The happy hour
The happy hour can be the time you spend doing what you like, or what makes you happy. Take a nap, read a book, take a walk, or just talk to your friends. It is the time meant to give your mind and body a break.
6 pm – Have dinner
Many people are heard talking about the importance of eating an early dinner. Eating an early dinner will help you fix your sleep schedule. It will also help in weight loss, and just make you feel lighter and more energized overall.
7.30 pm – Creativity
You can spend your evenings doing something creative. Choose your favourite activity. You can also make it a fun family time.
8 pm – Take a shower
Showers at night are proven to help you sleep better and feel better. They also help you cleanse after a long day and feel relaxed. Pamper your skin and hair after the shower to feel even better.
9 pm – Go to bed
Early to bed is a perfect way to end your day, fix your schedule and get ready for the next day. You can lie down in your bed by 9 pm, and wait for yourself to feel sleepy. After a productive and satisfying day, you are likely to sleep well.
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