We’re always trying to get more productive as long to-do lists bring on more and more stress. Frustrated with an inability to complete it all in the limited hours of a day, it may be tempting to stretch out the days by working longer hours that don’t include time for breaks. Instead of dedicating every second to assignments, you can actually be quite productive with more relaxed workdays. Here are some surprising ways that you can be more productive. 

Take Care of Yourself

When you feel your best, you can do your best work. While deadlines mean it’s not always avoidable, it’s better not to stay up late into the night trying to finish up or wake up especially early to get started right away. This can cut into quality sleep that you need to get the assignment done right. Lack of sleep makes you much less productive. It can be hard to focus when you’re tired and all you can think about is how much you want to go to bed. 

Focus is also reduced, meaning you’re less productive, when you work nonstop. We tend to avoid taking breaks because we have so many things that we need to get done right away. However, dedicating ourselves to one thing for long periods of time doesn’t actually help us get it done faster. We simply can’t focus on something for that long. So, if you want to be more productive, take a break. 

A great way to spend these breaks may be by going for a quick jog or grabbing a healthy snack. With exercise and dedication to eating right, you can go back to work more energized and ready to get things done. Taking care of yourself ensures you’re feeling your best and are prepared to completely dedicate focus to your work. 

Get comfortable

In order to completely dedicate your focus, you’ll also want to be sure you’re not distracted by minor discomforts. To be the most productive, consider the things that can impact comfort. It can help to upgrade office equipment, choose the right outfit, and maintain the right temperature. 

Most of us sit in our office chairs for the entire workday. If you’ve got an old chair or one that hurts your back, this discomfort can begin to impact your work. Keep the focus on your work by making sure you have furniture that you can enjoy using. You should also enjoy the clothes you’re wearing, or at least not be in pain because of them. While a dress code might not let you wear your favorite style, you can still make smart clothing choices, like wearing shoes that won’t hurt your feet. You might also decide to bring a sweater if your office tends to be chilly. People are most productive in warmer environments. It’s easier to get work done when you aren’t distracted by the goose bumps breaking out. If you have control over the A/C, keep it warmer. 

Positivity Boosts Productivity

A lack of rest or an uncomfortable work environment can certainly contribute to stress. If you’re stressed out, you’re less likely to remain productive because a bad mood makes it harder to concentrate. You can easily lift your mood by implementing a few things into your days, and this positivity will boost productivity. 

One thing you can do is listen to music. There are so many playlists designed just to improve mood. Listening while you work may distract you from your tasks, but if you enjoy a few of your favorite songs before you start, you can get pumped up without losing focus. Your commute can be a great opportunity to listen to your tunes without it interfering. It’ll actually help you get work done. 

A nice looking and inviting work area also encourages productive workdays. Include decoration that brightens up the workspace. You could place a plant or something that means a lot to you on your desk. Inspiring artwork can also improve the look of a space. A space is more inviting with plenty of sunlight. WIth the sun shining in, we are energized and ready to get down to work. Pull open some curtains and get the most out of those rays. With a smile on your face, you’ll be ready to work and be your most productive. 

More Productivity with a Stress-free Workday

It may have been surprising, but productivity doesn’t require working harder and longer. You can use your time more efficiently by taking care of yourself and putting complete focus into each task when you get started. In the end, less stress in your workday will mean greater productivity.