Increase your productivity by intentionally increasing your energy
I’m here today to expand upon 5 core habits you need to naturally skyrocket your productivity.
The basis of the Productivity Daily 5 is that energy management is KEY. It is, in fact, absolutely essential! You can have all the time management tools and tricks in the world… but without proper energy management, they will be useless.
You cannot expect to maximize your efficiency if you are exhausted, overwhelmed, worn out and depleted.
Let’s get to the productivity daily 5:
How to quickly increase your productivity
1. Set 1-3 intentions per day
We all have to do lists 1389839 miles long, right? They are never ending, ever increasing, overwhelming lists. Have you ever been guilty of staring down your to do’s and not getting anything done at all because you just don’t know where to start?
It’s time to leave that negative, draining energy in the past.
Every day, in the morning or before bed the night before, focus on setting your main 1-3 goals for the day. Doing this allows you to know where to focus your energy and where to spend your time. This is especially effective for us busy mama’s because often we are working in just 5-15 minute increments!
Once you’ve knocked out your goals for the day it’s time to celebrate! If time allows you can then look at that master to do list and cross off a few more. Anything extra is bonus and will have you feeling like a productive badass.
2. Rest & recharge
It’s a simple as this; if your tank is empty it is incredibly difficult to increase your productivity.
This became very evident to me when I had my first child. I’ve always prioritized sleep but as a new mom I was up all hours of the night with my sweet daughter. Exhaustion made it very difficult to ever be productive. Now, this is totally normal for this phase of life, so I always say maximize the sleep and rest you CAN in whatever season of life you are in.
Rest is actually productive! But you have to actually let go of your to do list and rest guilt free.
Things you can try to improve the quality of your night sleep might include no screens 1 hour before sleep, blackout curtains, white noise, lavender essential oils, hypnosis, daily exercise, no alcohol before bed, etc.
Resting in the middle of the day can be game changing too! Maybe you have 5-15 minutes for meditation or a hypnosis session, maybe you can lounge for 20 minutes with a book.
3. Nourish your body
Food is fuel, friends.
Hate me for saying it, but it’s the truth. If you nourish yourself with nutrient dense food your body will feel it’s best, and, as a result, you will have more energy.
More energy, in turn, means working more efficiently, which ultimately means you can take care of your responsibilities in LESS time and have more time for the things that matter to you… like family and fun!
4. Move your body
Bonus points if the movement is outside! There’s just nothing like nature for a quick mood and energy boost.
It’s no secret that exercises releases endorphins, but it also helps you sleep better at night. Research has also shown that consistent exercise sharpens your focus too (read more in this Everyday Health article). These are huge for helping you work efficiently.
I know it can be incredibly difficult to start a workout or get your butt out the door… but you don’t regret it. I know I’ve never regretted exercising once. It always makes me feel better and makes my day more productive.
5. Gratitude & mindset
Have you ever felt totally exhausted and then a friend calls you with an exciting plan and suddenly your tiredness was completely forgotten?
Sometimes it’s all in your head.
If you continually tell yourself you are tired you are much more likely to be stuck feeling exhausted. Your thoughts control your feelings.
Many of us are not taught the power of gratitude and mindset growing up.
I know I wasn’t. I always thought I was just a bit of a pessimist… but it couldn’t be further from the truth. It took a tragic life event (losing my mom) to make me realize I am in control of my thoughts and feelings.
Practicing daily gratitude and intentionally working on your mindset both do wonders for your mood. When you feel happy (& high vibe0 you are naturally at your most productive too.
There are countless ways to incorporate a daily mindset practice into your life. Gratitude journals, meditation, music, hypnosis, crystals, podcasts, personal development books and seminars are just a few.
There is power in consistency
Making these your 5 daily non negotiables will improve your energy and your mood and will allow you to increase your productivity. You will find yourself working more from a state of flow and will leave those pesky feelings of overwhelm behind.
My signature printable/digital day planner that allows you to set yourself up for success using these 5 daily non negotiables. Using this day planner you can choose your top 3 intentions for each day, document your rest/self care, track your exercise, log your meals and practice gratitude. This will help remind you of the 5 steps to maximize your energy.
Summary of the productivity daily 5
- Set 1-3 intentions each day
- Rest & recharge
- Move your body
- Nourish your body
- Gratitude & mindset