CHALLENGE: I challenge each of you to try all of these for 1 week. If that feels like too much, start with the 1st and incorporate 1/week until they become a part of your routine.
How to Be More Productive:
· Manage your time by doing the most important tasks first
o Take 5-10 mins on Monday morning to make a list of all the things you need to get done.
o Rank them from 1-10; 1 being most urgent, 10 being a task that need to get done this week.
o If you have multiple number ones, pick the one you’d like to do the least and start there.
· Focus on one thing at a time
· Know and accept your limits
o Find a way to say no/pushback in an authentic and respectful way. This allows you to focus on your tasks to the best of you abilities without feeling stressed or overwhelmed.
· Take breaks
o If not hourly, then take a 5-10 minute break every 2 hours and step away from your desk.
· Make a list of your accomplishments at the end of every day
o Bold the ones you’re most proud of and congratulate yourself.
How to Feel Happier:
· Listen to soothing music
· Have fun and laugh
o Laughter lowers our cortisol ("stress hormone") levels
· Connect with someone at work
o Face-to-Face with someone new for 2-5 minutes a day
· Bring a small puzzle to work
o Do it on your break or leave it in the common room to help build community
· Choose tea over coffee
· Stay hydrated
o Drink from a clear cup/bottle with a straw
· Eat nutritious food
· Get a good night’s sleep
o Try to sleep and wake at the same time every night. Our bodies love routine.
o 20-30 mins/3-4x/week
· Quick and easy massages
o Tennis ball
o Quick eye, face and hand massage
o Put pen to paper vs. typing on your computer. (This sends a signal to our brains to relax.)
· Practice Mindfulness
o The act of being intentional and present; noticing, pausing and breathing without judgment
I would love to hear how these tips worked for you, if you would like more information on any tip, or if there’s anything you would like to add! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.