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Unique Ways to be Productive

What’s in this for you?

When you’ve managed to get a lot of things done at the end of the day, you feel good about yourself.

As well you should, you rockstar.

Unfortunately, it’s easy to get sidetracked with the television or the never-ending domino effect of clicking through social-marketing sites (love-hate?).

In this post, we’ll focus on the things you can do that (maybe) you’ve never thought of before. We’re in the industry of being creative so why not formulate some creative ways to start your day off right and ensure that you can sleep well after a day of unprecedented progress! Let’s get started!

Starting with the night before…

Eat A Healthy Dinner

There’s a lot of info and chatter going around the world about what’s healthy and what’s not. It’s almost to the point of being as taboo a conversation topic as religion or politics. Let’s not instigate that sleeping dragon but begin by stating a simple truth about our diets:

Veggies are good.

Not only do most vegetables have a cleansing effect on the body but most of them are easy to digest and are full of nutrients. Do you ever get really tired after lunch? Try eating a salad, some cooked vegetables and a small piece of fruit afterward (if you’re still hungry). Odds are pretty good you won’t find yourself in the one-to-three-o’clock slump. The same goes for dinnertime. You may find that you sleep a bit better after a low-impact meal.

If vegetarian is not the answer for you and you really need some meat in your life, choose fish.

Fish is loaded with healthy fats and oils and the infamous omega-3 acids that everyone’s blabbing about these days. Relative to other meats (especially pork and beef), fish is relatively easy for the body to digest and assimilate thus requiring less fire in your digestive system and allowing more energy for the rest of your body.

Also, avoid oily foods if possible (the exception being extra virgin olive oil). Not only do the oils remain in your body for longer than fruits and vegetables, they require more energy to digest and can be connected to that groggy feeling you get in the morning when it’s so hard to get out of bed, you know, the one you had today.

Try this for a couple days a week and you may get hooked on it. If you give it a (whole-hearted) shot but still don’t feel like someone plugged you into the wall and juiced you up while you were asleep, we’ll give you a full refund. No questions asked!

How accommodating!

Clean Up

Having dirty dishes, clothes all over and other such cleaning “responsibilities” when you wake up, are great ways to push back the work that you really need (and want?) to get to.

If you can, clean house the night before! Even putting the dishes away and folding the laundry the night before will allow you to focus when it’s time to get to work.

When you wake up and the only thing on your plate is to get busy, you’ll find yourself more motivated and able to hone in on what really matters. With your pre-sleep homelife in order, you’ll find yourself waking up peppy and read to go…

Thanks in part to that healthy meal from the night before of course!

Don’t Oversleep

Most adults require between 7 and 8 hours of sleep per night for full functionality. Find out what your sweet spot is and aim for that. It seems that the older we get, the more accustomed we get to this sort of cycle but those 9-10 hour nights can creep up on us on occasion. Nothing’s worse for procrastination then that over-sleep lethargy the next day. Sometimes it’s just so hard to get out of.

A great way to make sure you don’t oversleep is:

A: set an alarm clock and wake up (without using the snooze) and
B: Refer to my first tip listed above.

Sometimes, a night out with friends (or if you’re in Japan, like we are, with clients) can really prevent you from simple waking up and being ready to go. Everyone’s different but we recommend a couple aspirin, two full glasses of water before bed and one full glass waiting bedside for that middle-of-the-night thirst quench.

Sunshine from the Inside

Human beings are solar-powered. As much as we’d like that statement above (about the ability to plug in all night) to be true, it just isn’t so. The moment you wake up, open the curtains and blinds.

To put it simply, without the sun, we wouldn’t be here.

The power of that fireball in the sky is unequivocally dramatic and can load you up on good, wholesome, empowering energy—more than your freshly-roasted coffee and afternoon Red Bull(s) can at least (more love-hate?)

Also, it allows us to mentally separate night and day. When you wake up and open the blinds, you’re informing your body (and sub-conscious) that the day has begun. Your body will react accordingly.

Sunshine from the Outside

Go outside! Whether it’s to get the mail, walk the dog, or whatever, try to get out into the world. The sunshine will continue to purge you of that sleepy feeling and load your tanks with usable energy.

If possible, doing some sort of physical activity (walking around the block, jogging) is ideal. Getting your body moving will also help you get some energy back.

Okay, so you might be thinking: “We’re tired in the morning and you want us to go out and do some exercise?!”

A common assertion is that the best thing to do when you’re tired is to rest. As long as you use good judgment and aren’t pushing your body to extremes, the opposite can also be true. Ask any body-builder or fitness enthusiast and they’ll tell you: When you’re tired and need a boost, exercise is an amazing kick-start.

Fruit for Breakfast

Here comes another simple truth:

Fruit is good.

It’s revitalizing for the body and loaded with carbohydrates. Exactly what you need in the morning for that energy boost.

Unfortunately, for modern day professionals, time is of the essence and preparing a mini fruit salad every morning can be a bit of a commitment. Instead, try putting a couple bananas and an apple in the blender along with a moderate amount of real fruit juice or water and make a quick smoothie. It’s easier than prepping a fruit salad and it’s just as healthy. It’s also faster than sitting down to eat, and portable (put it in a shaker bottle and go!).

What more could you ask for?

In Closing

In summarizing this article: energy = productivity

Having energy throughout the day is vital to getting things done. By making small changes and being more conscious about our lifestyles, we can ensure that energy (unlike the toilet paper) is never running low in our lives. Just make sure when you’re all restocked up, you don’t load it in the dispenser backwards (id est, waste it on things that aren’t moving you forward)!