7 Brain Hacks That Boost Productivity
Productivity is important because it relates to income and time. The more productive you are, the more money you can earn in many situations. You can also save time. That time can be spent on anything you like, including making more money.
There are many obstacles to productivity, such as a lack of focus, a lack of intention, a lack of stamina, and too many distractions, to name a few.
Hack your brain and increase your productivity with these strategies:
1. Set an intention.
Most people can’t focus because they’re not truly clear on what they want to focus on or for how long.
Give yourself a fighting chance by choosing a specific task for a specific amount of time.
◦ For example, you might decide you’re going to work on your tax return for 30 minutes. Set a timer and do your best for those 30 minutes.
◦ Your brain will do its best to give you what you want if you give it clear instructions.
Meditation helps to build focus and calm your mind. Meditation is incredibly popular right now, so there is plenty of free information on how to meditate effectively.
Educate yourself and get started. It’s simple and effective.
3. Take regular breaks.
Experiment with break frequency and duration. The best option for most people is either 25 minutes of work and a five-minute break, or 50 minutes of work and a 10-minute break.
Discover what works best for you and then stick with it. Timers can be powerful tools.
4. Avoid giving in to temptation.
Most of us give in to the temptation of distraction far too easily. It’s a very difficult habit to break.
We quickly go from feeling bored or stressed to amused. It feels good to check email or read a text.
◦ The most productive people are able to overcome the urge to break their attention from their work task.
◦ It’s important to avoid these distractions during your breaks, too. It’s too hard to get back on task, and your breaktime magically extends from five minutes to 25. Learn how to say “no” to your urges.
5. Alternate high and low-focus tasks.
Many people report greater productivity when they alternate between cognitively intense activities and those that require less intellectual effort. It’s similar to interval training in the gym.
◦ Lower-level activities might include returning calls and emails, or other routine work.
The lower-level activities give your brain a rest and the chance to recover. Soon, it’s ready for another round of more intense activity.
6. Drink plenty of water.
Most people are partially dehydrated. The solution is to drink plenty of water.
That doesn’t mean you have to be chugging 20 ounces of water every hour. But, a 20-ounce bottle of water every few hours would be beneficial to most.
◦ So many metabolic processes require water that you’re not at your best if you’re dehydrated.
7. Develop a positive mindset.
A positive outlook on life makes you more productive. Studies show that mindset affects productivity.
Work on having a positive outlook and you’ll accomplish more each day. You’ll also be a lot happier.
Productivity should be important to everyone. Time is your most valuable asset, so do what you can to maximize it.
We can all be more productive, but it doesn’t happen by magic. It must be a priority if you want to see real results. Dedicate yourself to maximizing your productivity.
Give your brain every chance to be your ally on this important journey.
Signs That You’ve Found Your Purpose
Do you know your purpose? Most people don’t, and a few think they do, but are incorrect. However, there are several signs that you have probably found your purpose.
It might be something that’s right under your nose that you’ve never considered.
Once you’ve determined the purpose for your life and begin living it, it feels like everything falls into place.
Have you found your purpose? These signs may enlighten you:
1. The time flies by.
When you’re spending time pursuing your purpose, it’s hard to figure out where the time went. There are only a few activities that allow you to seemingly escape the passage of time.
It’s an amazing feeling to find something that’s so easy to work on when other things can be so painful.
2. You feel calm.
There’s a sense of relaxation and focus when you’re living your purpose. You can just feel that you’re doing the right thing and living your life the way it was meant to be lived.
There’s a peace that comes from living your purpose that’s hard to describe until you experience it yourself.
◦ How do you feel when you wake up in the morning and know you have to face another day at work? Do you feel good about it? Or do you feel annoyed and stressed?
3. Money isn’t the driving force.
You’re not drawn to your purpose by the financial rewards. However, there are often great financial rewards for living your purpose.
You’re interested, motivated, and enjoy that subject. That’s a great recipe for providing a lot of value.
4. It feels natural.
Living your purpose feels right. It’s a similar feeling to finding your perfect partner. It’s a very comfortable feeling.
5. You gain energy by doing that thing.
Your purpose creates energy within you. It doesn’t drain you. When you spend your day doing something you don’t like, you feel exhausted by the end of the day.
6. You’re more willing to take risks than usual.
When you feel less stress in your life, you’re willing to take on more risk. When you’re doing something that’s important to you, you’re willing to be braver.
7. Luck is on your side.
There’s no scientific explanation for it, but you seem to be a lot luckier when you’re living your purpose.
When you spend your time doing things you don’t like to do, your luck seems to go in the toilet. Think about your life, and you’ll find this to be true.
If you haven’t found your purpose yet, don’t give up. There’s still time to discover it and live the life you were meant to live!
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