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Let’s face it—for many of us, this lockdown feels like a long staycation where we feel comfortable lazing around for hours on the couch in our PJs and binge-watching TV shows on Netflix. While it’s not wrong to spend a day or so doing nothing but unwinding, it shouldn’t become a habit, let alone a daily routine.
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Here are 7 hacks to beat unproductivity while you’re confined to the walls of your home during this lockdown:
1. Wake Up on Time
Now that you may not have work, classes, or other commitments, it might be tempting to hit the snooze button every time your alarm goes off in the morning and sleep for a few extra minutes or even hours. What’s the harm in that, right? Well, contrary to popular belief, sleeping too much can cause daytime fatigue, just as sleeping too little does. Instead of brimming with energy when you wake up, you might be too tired to do anything you had planned for the day, all because you slept too much.
2. Clean Your Space
Take a look around the house and ask yourself, “Does it look neat?” If the answer is no, you need to channel your inner Marie Kondo and organize your home the best you can. Having a tidy and clutter-free home will reduce distractions and keep you calm. This will help you to focus better on important things.
3. Create and Stick to a Schedule
Do you plan on going for a jog in the park first thing in the morning every day? Put it in your schedule! Do you have a goal of learning a new language? Break your goals down into daily, weekly, and monthly actions and add them to your schedule. Whatever you want to do, decide on the best days and times, jot them down in your planner, and stick to it. Consider the unfilled slots as your free time where you can do anything you wish. That way, you’ll be both productive and get your relaxation time, too. It’s a win-win! Plus, you’ll enjoy relaxing much more, knowing that you have achieved something.
4. Eat Healthily
Did you know that your dietary habits can affect your productivity? If you’re, say, constantly munching on chips and devouring big juicy burgers and pizzas for lunch and dinner, you’ll experience “spurts of productivity and periods of struggling to stay alert and creative in your everyday tasks.” In order to be productive, eat healthily, and maintain a balanced diet. This will provide you with the nutrients you need and a steady supply of energy.
If you think doing exercise will exhaust you and leave you with little energy to perform your tasks, you’ve been thinking wrong! Actually, regular exercise can increase your energy levels two-fold. Any physical activity that increases your heart rate and gets your blood flowing will release endorphins and raise your energy levels. Change into your gym wear, play some music, and get your fitness on at home! It’ll improve your mood, too!
6. Know When to Take a Break
You don’t have to slave away in order to be productive. As humans, we’re all subject to exhaustion. If we continue to push ourselves even when we’re tired, we may not be as productive as we’d like to be. In fact, we slow down and gradually grind to a halt. This can result in a vicious circle of unproductivity. True productivity lies in the ability to recognize when you’re exhausted and take reasonable break times so that your productivity levels stay constant or increase, not diminish. After a break, you’ll feel refreshed and be able to focus more easily.
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About Andres Pira – philanthropist, real estate tycoon, author, speaker, and global citizen. Andres Pira enjoys living in Thailand, where his journey began from Homeless to Billionaire.
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