It’s Monday again and many people in various positions are faced with a number of tasks and duties. People often talk about increasing their own Productivity or that of their employees. But what does that actually mean?
Productivity describes the production of products, a certain output, and the achievement of concrete results. So you compare the Input with the Output and try to achieve the most Effective ratio possible. But stress and other factors hinder your productivity and slow you down. Being in a good mood, taking breaks, and being mindful of yourself, on the other hand, boosts it.
At Matabooks, we are often faced with a long to-do list and need to organize ourselves. So here are a few tips for a better start to the new week:
It doesn’t sound like work at first, but it has a lot to do with it. A good night’s sleep will help you perform better and be in a better mood the next day. It’s also much easier to get up when you’re well-rested. So make sure you go to bed on time, darken your bedroom well, avoid blue light and only occupy yourself with relaxing things an hour before you go to bed. This gives your body time to produce melatonin, which is necessary for a good night’s sleep. So put your mobile aside and read a good book instead.
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From sensible to senseless. This method is designed to help eliminate chaos in the mind, reduce stress and create an overview. This is how it works: take a sheet of paper or a notebook of your choice and write down all your thoughts, to-dos, worries and annoyances. In short: everything that is currently running around in your head. But try to limit yourself to a few minutes. Set a timer for 10 to 15 minutes and clear your mind during this time. The next step is to sort the individual points into order of importance. If you feel overwhelmed, it helps to sleep on it and look at it again the next day.
3. Think Positive
It sounds easier than it is, but it is effective and you can train yourself to do it. Try to replace the negative thoughts in the morning with the small things you are looking forward to that day. It doesn’t matter if it’s personal or professional. Fun conversations with colleagues, a good breakfast, the music in the shower, the book on the way to work, or a meal with friends in the middle of the week.
4. Small Stages
While we’re on the subject of Wednesday, do something nice for the day. If you have a busy week ahead of you, you can use this trick to cut the 5 days in half and tackle the coming stress in batches. It’s not for nothing that Wednesday is also called the mountain festival. It’s like a mini-weekend in between. Whether it’s a meeting with friends for a delicious dinner or a cozy movie night alone with your favorite chocolate is up to you.
Be kind to yourself. Motivate yourself with good music, and wake up your body with a big glass of water and a delicious breakfast. Take the time to smile at yourself in the mirror or dance around the flat and boost your endorphin production. These happiness hormones conjure up a good mood in no time! Compliment yourself, especially on bad days and don’t be too hard on yourself if everything doesn’t go right today. Bad days are okay and part of the game. Without bad there is no good.
A weekly planner also helps you to get your week in order. Take the to-dos out of your brain dump and sort them into a clear weekly calendar where you can see everything at a glance. This will give you a good overview and show you exactly how much time you have to complete each task. If you want to be environmentally friendly, take a look at our Weekly planners in the shop.