We all have 24 hours each day. At least eight hours of that time is spent with some form of work. That amount differs for each individual depending on what type of work they are doing. Some entrepreneurs can have longer hours because they love what they do so much, it doesn’t feel like work. Others though, feel overwhelmed by everything they have set out to do in a day.
Within that time frame set aside for work, everyone wants to make the best possible use of their time. Especially entrepreneurs, as the more effectively they use their time, the more success they experience. We label this productivity.
The biggest thing that gets in the way of productivity these days are distractions. Smartphones or any type of personal technology, emails, phone calls, social media, instant messaging, browsing, noise and interruptions from other people/family are examples of some of the current external distractions.
Distractions can be internal as well. Feeling sleep deprived, dehydration, physical discomfort, self-doubt, worry or anxiety, fear or other emotional states, resistance, and especially not being clear on our vision/mission/goals are examples of internal distractions.
In our North American culture, not only are we less productive, we are estranged from our creativity and our spiritual journey with all the distractions. Or another way of looking at it is we are keeping ourselves distracted so we won’t look at the spiritual side of ourselves. Distractions can be a great excuse.
Since total health to me means physical, mental, emotional and spiritual, then I am going to suggest four productivity hacks that will keep you more balanced while being productive.
Meditation is an important habit for improving focus, clarity and attention span, as well as having a calming effect. Benefits include: being mindful of your breathing, relieving stress, trauma and anxiety, calming the amygdala (the fight or flight trigger), counteracting aging, improving concentration, relieving depression, reducing insomnia, improving the immune system, increasing energy, improving communication skills, enhancing empathy, improving health, and refreshing the mind. Great moments of inspiration and creativity can come from those still spaces during meditation where you can hear your inner guidance.
Gratitude connects you with creative thought and brings you closer to the source energy. Gratitude aligns you with abundance and increases your faith.
Hydration – water is important for the brain. It improves blood flow and oxygen to the brain, improves memory, counteracts mental fatigue, and maintains the balance of body fluids. Water also energizes muscles and keep joints more lubricated, helps your skin look good, improves the quality of sleep, keeps your bowels moving and aids kidney function, and eliminates toxins. Bottom line, when you are hydrated you have more energy and it boosts your creativity.
Exercise boosts energy, improves mood, reduces stress, releases endorphins, improves self-confidence, boosts brainpower, sharpens your memory and increases your creativity.