It seems like our to-do list is never-ending. Every day there is more to accomplish than hours on the clock, and many people struggle to find ways of checking off those boxes on their to-do list faster. But time management isn’t a fantastical beast hiding in the depths of the rainforest! Learning to work more efficiently is a skill that can be taught and learned, so let’s take a look at some suggestions from the professionals at New Leaf Botanics.
Suggestions for Getting More Done
Here are some practical suggestions from the business world that can help us streamline our work and boost productivity.
● Only deal with a paper or email once. There’s nothing worse than opening your inbox and finding 3,672 emails waiting to be dealt with. Maybe they’ve been piling up over time, or perhaps you are simply that popular! Either way, don’t let emails languish in your inbox. Skipping that nuisance email now because you don’t have the time to deal with it only delays the inevitable. So take action immediately, and keep your inbox up-to-date.
● Take breaks. If you’re stalling or feeling like you’ve hit a wall during your workday, feel free to take a break. After a bit of rest, you will return to your task with renewed energy and possibly a new perspective on the issue at hand.
● Write it down. Always keep a little notepad by your desk. If you have a great thought that comes to mind, write it down immediately. By writing it down, you’ve given yourself permission to move on without fear of forgetting your brilliance later on.
● Exercise in the middle of the day. Working out in the middle of the day may not be your first choice, but don’t dismiss the idea too quickly. It’s a great break in the day, it gets oxygen flowing to your brain for better cognitive performance, and it gives you the energy you need to finish your day strong.
● Use a block of time for each task. Don’t multitask! When you multitask, you give each job that you are juggling less attention than it needs to be done correctly. Block out specific times during the day to get each task done, and during that time, give that task your undivided attention.
● Prioritize your checklist. Be sure to hit your most important tasks first thing in the day, when you have the most energy. Getting the “big fish” out of the way first allows you to breathe a little easier, knowing that the hard part is over.
● Get enough sleep. Nothing is worse than dragging yourself through the day when you are mentally and physically tired. Be sure to get enough rest so that your mind and body can better handle your workload.
● Turn off social media. Few things are as distracting as social media, so avoid it during your workday. If your job includes dealing with social media, be sure to not log in to your personal account while working.
Obviously, you must be alert and focused on accomplishing your goals on any given day. Here are some suggestions to help you feel less sluggish and more energetic.
Your body needs nutrients to operate at peak efficiency. A healthy and balanced diet will give your body what it needs to have the energy to get more done. A healthy diet will also feed your brain so that it remains alert and focused throughout the day.
Exercise is a great way to build up your body’s stamina, which will help you to accomplish your goals. Exercise also helps to relieve stress and clear your mind.
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Even if you are physically healthy, issues like anxiety and depression can rob you of your ability to perform even routine tasks. Especially during times of separation from others brought about by COVID-19 lockdowns, it is essential to make sure that you mentally take care of yourself. Reach out to someone just to talk and feel some human company for a while. Or, if you are feeling really down, don’t be afraid to reach out for help.
Downsides of Stimulants
Many of us are determined to get more done in the new year reach for stimulants to help us get through the day. Unfortunately, most of these stimulants have adverse side effects.
Sure, that morning cup of coffee is a welcome ritual, but too much caffeine can cause such side effects as:
● Abnormal heart rhythm, and
Because of these adverse side effects, it is recommended that you limit your coffee intake to two cups a day.
We all know that sugar makes things taste better, but too much sugar can cause high blood pressure, diabetes, fatty liver disease, inflammation, and weight gain. All of these increase your risk of heart attack or stroke.
The primary stimulant in energy drinks is caffeine – and there’s a lot of it. A typical 16 oz energy drink likely contains between 150 to 280 mg of caffeine. By comparison, a 12 oz can of soda only has about 35 mg. Many energy drinks also contain guarana. This South American plant is an even more potent form of caffeine, with every ounce containing 40 to 80 mg. Side effects include:
● Heart palpitations,
● Increase heart rate, and
● High blood pressure.
Finally, many energy drinks are loaded with sugar as well. None of these ingredients is right for your health, so please use these drinks with care.
A Healthier Way
At New Leaf Botanics, we believe that there are healthier, holistic options to stimulants that will still help you stay alert and feel your best. For instance, our Summer Lemon CBD Tincture allows you to get just the right amount of CBD to help you remain awake and get more done throughout your day. In fact, we have an entire line of tinctures for you to choose from. If you prefer to have a convenient soft gel, our CBD Softgels give you exactly 10 mg of all-natural CBD and is another plant-based option to harmful stimulants.
However you wish to get more done in the new year, you can count on New Leaf Botanics to be there to help you meet your goals. Shop our convenient online store or contact us online today!