Lifestyle tweaks to improve workplace performance
I think most of us at some point have felt as if our work performance and productivity levels could be greater. There are many obstacles that can get in the way of this. Poor sleep, stress, being in bad routines or work-related difficulties with time management and organizational skills for example. With the following lifestyle tweaks, you could end up feeling much better about your performance levels at work. This will allow you to enjoy and maximize your leisure time even more.
Striking a work-life balance
Getting this right can be challenging and take time. When you find a formula that works for you, you will then have a platform that allows you to further unlock your potential and perform better at work. Spending too much time in the office, working long hours and doing overtime can be counter-productive in the long run. This will leave you tired, stressed and burned out. The key is, to work smart and not hard, and not to bite off more than you can chew, as this could knock everything out of sync. Making time for family, friends, self-care, and hobbies is an important aspect of maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
Take regular breaks
It may seem obvious, but taking a short, regular break will have a big impact on your efficiency and productivity levels. Short concentrated bursts of work of around 45 to 90 mins tops will ensure that you get the best out of yourself and get more done in the long run. Whether it be chatting to a colleague, looking out the window, making a tea or going for a walk, taking even a small breather will help keep you mentally alert and focused.
Research shows that working on something for longer than 90 minutes will bring about a reduction in attention span. In addition, planning and organizing your day when you get in and learning how to prioritize tasks is another key to success and effective time-management in the workplace
Adopt healthy routines
The role of a healthy diet, regular exercise and getting into good daily routines cannot be underestimated when it comes to both work and general life performance. Balance is everything. Let’s start with your diet. We need to balance nutrition with long-term and short-term energy. We also need to maintain a healthy weight. Fad diets may offer some solutions short-term, though rather than picking between a keto vs Atkins diet, go for a long-term, balanced diet designed to improve your energy levels and clarity of thought.
Achieving a solid balance on this front and maintaining it will ensure that you are putting yourself at the best possible advantage to operate at peak performance. Having a tried and tested routine in place helps us to thrive. Many of us know from experience that when we deviate from this, we can lose motivation and it can have a negative impact on mood and energy levels.
Sleep, hydrate and prepare
Adjusting your schedule to get enough sleep is the final lifestyle tweak to feel balanced. Not only does sleep help you feel rested, additionally, sleep enhances your coping skills and staves off depression. To be rested it’s essential to go to bed around the same time each night. This provides you with a solid 7-8 hours of sleep. And, sleep is essential to feel and perform well. At the same time, staying hydrated and eating a balanced and healthy diet is another must, as this will fuel you through the day and help you to better focus and concentrate.
You’ll want to aim to maintain a constant supply of healthy and energizing snacks at work. This will keep hunger at bay and reduce the likelihood of procrastination as you embark on a mission to find a bite to eat. Being prepared and taking lunch and snacks with you could save you a lot of time during your workday which could be invested more wisely into boosting productivity and helping you get ahead.
Which of these lifestyle tweaks speak to you?
Which of these will you add into your daily routine? Are there any lifestyle tweaks that you have used that have worked for you? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments below!
Special thanks to our guest writer: Jess Walter, Freelance Writer.