No matter how hard you try to be productive, there’s always going to be those frustrating things that end up taking an inordinate amount of time to get done. Technology, for instance, is pretty great at throwing a wrench into an otherwise productive work day. I mean, there’s not much you can do if your computer goes down or is slow beyond belief or has inexplicably become infected with malware never before seen by humankind. At a certain point, you’ve just got to accept that you can only be as productive as fate conspires to let you be. This week on the Accolo blog is all about productivity: why it’s important and how to go about squeezing as much of it as possible into your working life.
One of the best ways to stay productive is by eliminating any so-called “breaks” that you might take to surf the internet for cute animal pictures or chat on social media. When you get tired of working, get up from your desk! Take a short walk, chat with some people in person or just close your eyes to the world as you brew a fresh pot of coffee. When you take your breaks away from your desk, it helps to eliminate those time wasting urges that sap our productivity throughout the day. Stretching your legs a bit also helps to get your blood moving again and pulls your brain into a more centered, relaxed state. This is exactly the sort of deliberate state of mind that will help you to get more out of your time.
For a few pro tips on staying productive, here’s “10 Leaders and the Surprising Ways They Stay Productive,” from Inc. Magazine. These leaders are normal folks, who struggle with productivity as much as the next person. Well, normal, except for their incredible fame, fortune and success that is! So what’s Richard Branson’s secret for founding the company that’s going to be conducting the first commercial space flight? Turns out, the billionaire mogul attributes his huge energy and productivity levels to regular exercise. According to Branson, regular exercise gives him an extra 4 hours of productivity each day. What could you do with time like that?