We all have times when we want to be more productive. Where we wish we didn’t waste so many hours in the day. Time is precious, and if you want to make the most of each moment, you have to learn how to be more productive.
After all, being more productive at work, at school, and at home leaves us more time to relax, unwind, and have fun.
But how do people do it?
It all starts with the brain. And when you practice methods to strengthen your brain, you become more productive. Ready to learn those tricks?
Here are five methods to enhance your brain for greater productivity.
1. Improve Sleep Habits
The body simply cannot function without the proper amount of sleep — and neither can the brain.
Sleep is essential to the brain and body, and there are many reasons why. For starters, sleep heals and repairs your heart and blood vessels. It reduces stress and inflammation. It makes you more alert and improves your memory.
There’s no question about it: good sleep habits can make you more productive.
When the body and brain have the necessary time to rest and recharge, you’ll wake up feeling better. And the better you feel, the more productive you’ll be.
Experts recommend that adults get between seven and nine hours of sleep per night. Anything less, and you won’t be able to function at peak levels. But there’s another essential component to sleep: the power nap.
Studies show that short 10 to 20-minute naps can boost brain productivity. How? Because short naps rejuvenate the brain. You will feel more alert, and the more alert you are, the easier it is to focus.
The next time you’re feeling sluggish midday and can’t concentrate on the things you have to do, try taking a nap. You’ll be happy with how rejuvenated you feel after just a few minutes of downtime.
2. Find Things to Laugh About
Laughter happens to be the best medicine. There’s actually some truth to that random old saying.
Laughter releases endorphins, which are natural hormones that make us happy. Those endorphins also make us more energetic. Laughter also creates serotonin. Serotonin is a mood-booster that not only makes you happier but helps to reduce stress levels.
The less stressed your brain is, the better it will perform. And that’s the key to becoming more productive.
So make it a point to find something to laugh about every single day. Watch a funny show on TV or find some funny clips on YouTube to make you chuckle. Get together with friends so you can have a laugh over dinner.
A few laughs here and there will make your brain perform better.
3. Learn Some Meditation Techniques
A little deep breathing goes a long way.
Committing to a meditation routine can improve your productivity levels with ease.
Meditation increases happiness, reduces stress, and calms the mind. And all of those things can make you a more productive person.
Meditation is personal, and there are a variety of different methods. But at its core, it’s the act of thinking deeply and focusing your mind for a specific period of time.
Some people prefer mantra meditation. It focuses on the repetition of religious or spiritual chants, such as “ohm.” Others prefer movement meditation, like yoga. It allows specific movements of the body to take your mind to a different place.
But the majority of people who study meditation practice transcendental meditation (or TM). Transcendental meditation is the most popular meditation technique in the world. It’s proven to reduce stress, reduce anxiety, and improve sleep.
TM also improves brain function and memory. It’s a superb option for anyone wanting to increase productivity levels.
4. Start Exercising
Exercise gets the heart racing, gets the blood pumping, and makes us fitter and happier. But does exercise actually affect the brain?
Yes, it does.
Exercise elevates your heart rate and pumps more oxygen to your brain. This helps to improve your mood, improve sleep, and alleviate stress. Together, these can significantly improve your productivity levels.
Exercise also increases energy levels. A regular exercise routine will improve how your heart and lungs function. The healthier those two systems are, the more energy you’ll have to handle tasks at work and chores at home.
5. Start a Journal
Writing down your thoughts in a journal offers a variety of mental health benefits. Journaling can help you reduce stress. It can also manage depression and lessen anxiety. Journaling also improves your mood. All these things can make you a more productive person.
Journaling is also a way to increase your self-awareness and practice positive self-talking. The healthier you feel mentally, the easier it will be to tackle that to-do list at work and around the house.
To get the most benefits from journaling, make it a part of your daily routine.
You can write about anything — what you did that day and what you plan to do tomorrow. Write about how you’re feeling about a particular person or issue. Think of writing as an exercise for the brain and schedule time, even a few minutes, to do it every single day.
The healthier your brain is, the more productive you’ll become.
If you want to increase productivity levels, you have to start working on your brain. Here are five easy ways to do so:
- Improve your sleep habits to increase your focus and alertness
- Laugh to release endorphins, reduce stress levels, and boost your mood
- Practice meditation to calm the mind and lift your spirits
- Exercise to send more oxygen to your brain and reduce anxiety
- Journal to exercise your brain and improve your mental health
These five habits won’t just improve your productivity. They’ll also put you on the path to living a happier, healthier lifestyle. And the happier and healthier you are, the easier it will be to accomplish your goals, whatever they may be.
Dominique Daniels is the Business Manager at Broadstone River House. With over 5 years of property management experience, she begins and ends each day loving what she does. She finds joy in helping current and future residents and makes Broadstone River House a place everyone loves to call home.