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With winter approaching, we all will see a decline in productivity that will prevent us from making progress in things we wish we could.

Here are 15 lifestyle hacks and tricks to help you improve your productivity.

1. Notification Blackout

Getting into a productive state of mind is not always easy, however having a smartphone buzz every few minutes with emails, texts, and other notifications can be immensely distracting.

Turning off notifications can help you settle into your work and keep you focused on what needs to be done. Most smartphones have a ‘Do Not Disturb’ feature which hides all notifications for a specified time period; this is a perfect tool to help you settle into your working zone.

2. Avoid Social Media & the News

Social media is a living organism, constantly alive with the status and tweets of millions of people worldwide. Avoiding social media can be difficult as it provides a tempting connection with hundreds of users within seconds. Although funny pictures and entertaining videos seem like a fun use of time, they are the biggest productivity killers online. Cutting out social media will help you focus your mind on progressing on which tasks need to be done.

The same can be said for the news, although the news provides for important information to you than various Facebook pages, it is in fact equally distracting as there are always articles that may pique your interest. Cut out this too and you’ll progress much faster.

3. Morning Exercise

Studies have shown that exercising early in the morning can be greatly beneficial to your mind and body, thus increasing how much you are able to do whilst working. Exercising will actually wake you up and energize you, rather than tire you out. A 30-minute jog in the morning can help your work and mood for the next 10 hours.

4. Hydrate

Water is essential for your health and wellbeing. Like every living thing, our bodies perform best when fully hydrated. Constantly consuming water throughout the day can help your productivity tenfold.

All leading essay writing services suggest to students that they take bottles of water into any examinations as they can keep students refreshed and alert.

5. Relax

Relax. Give yourself a break.

If you work hard, relaxing and resting can be extremely beneficial. By sitting down, having a cup of tea, and watching a little bit of television you can boost your morale and the break allows your concentration to become more focused upon your return to work.

6. Pet-friendly Work Environment

Studies show that pets improve our well-being physically as well as mentally. Although at times they may seem like more of a distraction, by having your dog or cat near, they can give you that mental boost you need to get the job done.

It is rare that the work we do is 100% perfect.

Stop spending countless hours on making changes that will improve your work by 5%, when that time could be better spent relaxing, refocusing or moving onto your next task.

7. Don’t Be Such a Perfectionist

It is rare that the work we do is 100% perfect. 

Stop spending countless hours on making changes that will improve your work by 5%, when that time could be better spent relaxing, refocusing, or moving onto your next task.

8. Tidy up!

A clean work station brings out the best in your mental ability. An untidy desk can cause feelings of nervousness, unease, and anxiety, three things your levels of productivity could do without.

9. Morning Fuel

It is often said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and for good reason, it is.

It is a source of fuel for your body and mind and will get your off to a good start in the day.

10. Two Minute Rule

If you feel a task will take less than two minutes, do it.

Do not put it off, do not push it back, do it there and then.

Emails, phone calls, and confirming appointments take less than two minutes to do. Do not put them off, save yourself the trouble later.

11. Get Plenty of Sleep

Sleep is one of the most important areas of our day to day lives we neglect. The average adult needs at least 7.5 and 9 hours of sleep every night.

If we do not provide our bodies with this amount rest and recovery, there will be limited potential for productivity the day or days following.

12. Prevent Bad Habits

When it comes down to work, bad habits and distractions will often steer us off-course.

Some people can’t stop checking their phone or keep one eye on the TV. The solution is simple: put the remote further away and hide your phone. These little things can go a long way in helping you get things done.

13. Be Realistic

Demotivation can seriously deflate your productivity, to avoid disappointment in your tasks, set reasonable goals and objectives.

Don’t say you’ll do hundreds of tasks if it is not possible. A realistic time-plan will keep you motivated and productive and will let you plan out your entire schedule.

14. The Power of Positivity

Having said that… be positive, challenge yourself. Don’t set ridiculously high expectations if you can’t meet them. But encourage yourself to do an extra task or two a day.

This way you’ll be able to increase your productivity whilst also staying positive and ensuring that your work is the best it can be.

15. Don’t Over-Plan, Do!

Good intentions mean very little if they are not acted upon. It is all well and good saying you wish to achieve this and that if you only plan to do it. By forcing yourself to act upon your intentions you’ll see that you spend less time planning (…or over-planning) and more time doing.

An assignment writer will plan out his brief quickly before starting his work, this way they spend less time creating a plan or schedule and more time being productive.

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David is a content marketer who works for Online Marketing Surgery. He loves market research and writes for a number of online publications.

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