There are changes you can make to your daily life to boost your productivity. It may not come easy at first, but once you form new habits everything will fall into place.
Here are 10 daily habits of the most productive leaders, all of which you can implement into your own life:
1. Get Enough Sleep
In the United States, 40% of people get less than the recommended amount of sleep. This can have a negative impact on your productivity and health as a whole.
If a lack of sleep is dragging you down, look for ways to improve this area of your life. It may not be as difficult as it sounds to retire to your bedroom an hour earlier each night.
2. Rise Early
There are many studies that show that the early bird gets the worm.
So, while it’s important to get enough sleep, this doesn’t mean you should set your alarm for noon. The most productive leaders understand the importance of getting out of bed early in the morning.Today In: Leadership
3. Meditate Daily
Are you among the 8% of Americans who use meditation to improve your mind, body, and soul?
This is a growing trend among productive leaders, so don’t hesitate to work it into your schedule.
4. Workout (No Matter How You Do It)
Some people workout in the morning, others find time at lunch, and then there are those who do so in the evening.
Although you may have slipped out of the habit of working out, you can get back into the flow by taking a few key steps.
5. Eat A Good Breakfast
Yes, what your mother told you really is true: breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
You don’t want to be one of the 31 million Americans who skip breakfast each day. This can take a toll on your body, while zapping your productivity during the morning hours.
6. Take A Nap
This may sound like the best way to kill your productivity, but it can actually have the opposite effect.
A short nap of 30 minutes can improve your performance, alertness, and mood. If you can work this into your daily schedule, it may transform your day for the better.
7. Don’t Waste Time Commuting
The average commute has reached 26 minutes, which for many Americans is entirely too long.
The most productive leaders don’t spend time on a long commute. There are times when this is unavoidable, but it’s best to eliminate spending excess time in your car (or on public transportation).
Imagine if you could save an hour a day on your commute. This works out to five hours per week, and approximately 20 hours per month. You can use this time to tackle important tasks.
8. Take Breaks To Re-energize
When you go, go, go, you’ll eventually hit a wall. There’s nothing wrong with taking breaks, even if this seems to slow down your progress.
Science says that taking breaks can boost productivity. That should be enough for you to give it a try.
9. Avoid Lengthy Meetings
Did you know that companies waste tens of billions of dollars every year on unnecessary meetings?
There are times when you have no choice but to schedule and take part in a meeting. There are also times when you can find a way to avoid this.
By cutting lengthy meetings out of your schedule, you’ll find that you have more time for other tasks.
10. Use A To Do List
Even though some people struggle to keep up with a to do list, it’s one of the better ways to boost productivity and stay on track.
Use pen and paper or use an app. Either way, experiment with a to do list to see if it has an impact on your productivity.
No two leaders are the same, so you can’t expect to implement all of these daily habits.
Your goal is to find a few things that boost your productivity. By doing this, you’ll get more done each day, thus finding it easier to take your business to new heights.
What steps do you take to remain productive? Have you formed any of the habits discussed above? Are there any others that have helped you reach peak performance?
By Deep Patel
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