It's always satisfying to leave work at the end of the day feeling like you've performed to the best of your ability. While we all have days where we can't help but drag our feet, these 10 tips will help you to consistently shine in the workplace, whether you're feeling as fresh as a daisy or a little bit sluggish.
1. Get there early.
When we arrive on the dot, often it is the case that by the time we've grabbed a coffee and had a quick chat with Jeff - we've already chipped into 15 minutes of the work-day. According to Productivity Report, we often work better in the mornings, so beat procrastination by arriving sooner and starting when you should.
2. Coffee in the morning.
What better time of day is there than the crack of dawn to get that much-needed caffeine boost? Banish grogginess and begin your day feeling energised with a nicely brewed coffee.
3. Eat healthily.
Not only does a healthy diet revive the body, it fuels the brain too. Whether it's starting the day with a bowl of porridge or having an extra apple at lunch, treating your body better will, in turn, nourish the brain. You'll be more than ready for any mentally stimulating day ahead.
4. Drink more water.
Mind Body Green addresses the multiple ways in which water can benefit your health and in turn, naturally boost your productivity. Increasing energy levels and relieving fatigue, putting you in a good mood, and providing a natural headache remedy are just a few of the ways in which water pushes you towards having a successful day.
5. Plan ahead.
As the author, Benjamin Franklin, once said: "If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!". Set yourself targets to meet each day to ensure you are meeting your priorities.
6. Wake up early.
It's never easy to tug yourself out of bed in the mornings, especially into the chilly wintry air, when you're tucked under your warm and inviting duvets. But once you're up you're up, and you have the early morning ahead of you, to ready yourself for work. As I'm sure you know, a last-minute scramble hardly allows you to start the day feeling fresh and breezy. So get up when your (first) alarm goes off, no snooze button, and have that proper breakfast and super-smoothie that will allow you to take on the world.
7. Dress the part.
According to Dr. Karen Pine, dressing casually can cause employees to feel less focused and alert: “When we put on an item of clothing it is common for the wearer to adopt the characteristics associated with that garment. A lot of clothing has symbolic meaning for us, whether it's 'professional work attire' or 'relaxing weekend wear', so when we put it on we prime the brain to behave in ways consistent with that meaning."
8. Turn off your phone.
Living in a technological generation means we are constantly being bombarded with emails, texts and calls, whether we like it or not. Inevitably, this is being seen as resulting in declining productivity levels. Since building notifications can provide a significant source of distraction, block it out all together by turning it off during your work hours.
9. Keep a clean and tidy work space.
Borrowing from the concept of Minimalism, a cluttered space can lead to a cluttered mind and, in turn, reduce productivity. By creating simplicity and focus, you get a lot more done in the end.
10. Keep fit.
Psychology Today have demonstrated how there are many positive links between fitness and work performance. Just a few benefits from incorporating exercise into your routine include improved concentration, prolonged mental stamina and lower stress-levels.