Do you want to be more productive at work? Of course you do. When your productivity increases, you get more done and feel less stressed, benefitting both you and the success of your small business. Take advantage of these four simple activities and watch your work-life balance increase along with your productivity.
Make Time for Exercise
Thirty minutes of activity is proven to reduce stress, clear your head and help you feel your best physically.
It doesn’t matter if you walk the dog, kick box in your home gym or take an aerobics class. As long as you’re exercising every day before (or after) work, you feel more naturally energized and handle the stresses of your day in a healthier way two traits that will boost your workday productivity.
Enjoy a Healthy Meal
You can’t perform your best at work if you’re running on bad fuel. That’s why you should begin and end your day with a balanced meal. For breakfast, focus on fruits and protein-rich foods. For dinner, load your plate with whole grains and vegetables. Healthy meals motivate you to make smarter choices in other areas of life, including time management, sleep and work-life balance.
With a full stomach, you’re more likely to stay focused throughout your work day and to sleep all night.
Get Enough Rest
Do you want to be alert all day and ready for work? You can’t nap at your desk, so go to bed at a reasonable time each night!
World-renowned business leaders like Arianna Huffington are becoming evangelists for the importance of sleep, often advocating for at least 7 to 8 hours every night. That’s easier said than done, especially when you work in a stressful office, handle significant amounts of responsibility, or struggle with insomnia.
Make bedtime easier by turning off the blue light on all your electronics, take a warm bath, or do light yoga at night. With a peaceful bedroom routine, a regular bedtime, and a quiet night’s sleep, it will be easy to wake up refreshed and ready to tackle your day.
Focus on You
All work and no play makes you cranky, miserable, and unmotivated. If you want to feel more positive and energized at work, it’s important to take time for yourself when you’re at home.
It can be as simple as going out for coffee with a friend, reading a good book, or playing football with your friends. Life is too short to spend your after work hours thinking about estimating companies or focusing on the next day’s to-do list. Take time for you and watch your work productivity increase.
Before you discount the connection between your free time and your workday, challenge yourself to implement at least one of these work-life balance tips. You’ll find yourself in a more positive and productive frame of mind at work as you enjoy your free time after it!
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