How to Know If You’re Being Productive

how to know if you're being productive

You got up early this morning,drank plenty of water, had your breakfast, went to the gym, then to work or run errands.

Sounds like from the morning routine on, you’ve had a productive day… But is it so?

Time management is great in this example, there are also important daily habits included. It speaks a lot about the person himself. But what exactly is he doing?

What did you do when you got up early?
Meditation,reading, writing, maybe. But was it worth it?

Because when it comes to successful people, we all know they choose wisely how to spend their free time: in activities and small daily routines that include only people, objects, hobbies, foods, etc., that will help them unleash their potential.

Getting up at 6 o’clock to meditate for a couple of minutes without even focusing on something positive or just clearing your mind of thoughts, is pointless.
Eating healthy foods in the wrong combination, while drinking water at the same time, is just harming your digest system.

In the evening you feel so glad you visited the gym today, but so did millions of people in the world.
Was the training equally beneficial? Of course, not!

While you were chatting with someone, going through magazines, doing too much cardio and using the wrong weights, someone out there had the greatest workout of his month for half the time you spent.

The things you read and watch also matter a lot.

It’s great that you’ve read a great number of books, but did you learn anything from them?
Because I am sure that reading a chapter of motivational literature written by a famous businessman, something from a zen master, an article on business intelligence or just tips for self-control from an ordinary blog, can be worth much more than a few bad novels.

Also, socializing is important, but it doesn’t mean you have to carry on conversations with everyone all day.

Some people are so negative that just a small talk with them can ruin your day. That is why you have to surround yourself with inspirational and successful people who can teach you something.

It is the same situation when you go to uni/work.
Of course you have to show up, but it’s not sure that your day has been productive just because you’ve been sitting in the office all day pretending to work.

We can always delude ourselves that the things we do will eventually make us level up in life.

Unfortunately, this is rarely true.

You have to think over every activity of yours so that you can be sure that your time is being used wisely.

A good thing to do is to divide your ‘To do’ list into small sections, in which you can specify every part of your daily tasks.
Even the things you don’t really think about – like your breaks at university, the small talks with acquaintances, the film you want to watch in the evening and so on.

Never forget that it’s all in your control. The day is yours and only you can decide how to spend it!

I’d love to hear how you spend your days! Do you do things that waste your time and have no effect on your productivity?
Are you planning to replace it with a better activity and how?
Please, share your answers in the comments below!

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How to Have Energy All Day When You Work from Home

energy focus and productivity tips for anyone working from home all day

Lack of energy is one of the challenges of working from home. Staying focused and productive, keeping our motivation levels up, not getting distracted and ignoring interruptions are all things we struggle with as bloggers, freelancers and online business owners.

In fact, I got lazy earlier today around noon and that annoyed me a bit. It’s proof that even years of working from home aren’t enough to get rid of this. It’s just how the body and brain work. And while there are some productivity and energy hacks we can try, it’s something we’ll need to make peace with.

But I was determined not give up and call it a day and start doing unproductive things. Instead, I finished an article I was writing for a client and did a few other little things. One more cup of coffee and I started getting ready to go out. I hit the gym and felt accomplished. Imagine if I stayed at home allowing the lack of energy and mental clarity to take over?

It’s always better to just start doing stuff, as you’ll see below. If you too are working from home and struggle with keeping your energy for the whole day, here are some tips that really work:

Tips for Staying Energetic When Working from Home

Check out some tips on how to get more done and keep your energy for the whole day when you work from home:

1. Work while standing.

You can alternate periods of sitting and standing while working from home. Or you can just do it while standing for a few hours.

I begin the day by creating a fake standing desk, placing my MacBook on it and working like that. These are my sacred hours and I do my most important work then. Standing definitely keeps me alert and helps me be more productive.

But don’t just take my word for it. It’s science-backed. Plenty of studies have found that working from a standing desk improves not just productivity but also health.

2. Get moving.

When you’re doing work on your laptop, especially if it’s something repetitive, rather boring or just a project you’ve been stuck with for a long time, you can easily feel sleepy. To get your focus and energy back, get up and do something.

Declutter a bit, do a chore, go to the store, take a shower, start getting ready for going out even if it’s too early for that, do a few squats.

Any type of movement would be beneficial to your energy levels. That’s a quick trick whenever you start feeling lazy but have more work to do.

3. Snack strategically.

I’m a fan of intermittent fasting and don’t have a big meal in the first part of the day. The first calories I consume are from the milk in my coffee. Then, during or after my most important work for the day, I eat yogurt and nuts, an omelet or a fruit. These all give me energy yet they don’t make me feel full or get distracted.

A big meal, however, especially one rich in carbs, would ruin my productivity. I’ll even feel like napping right after it and no work is usually done after that.

Find what works best for you but know that some snacks are better than others. Here are some productivity-boosting foods to check out.

4. Go outside.

The fresh air, the act of leaving home itself, being around people and being in public are all things that will freshen you up and make you alert. You can take a walk, be in nature or just spend 15 minutes outside your building.

Here’s why sunlight and fresh air are great for the body and mind.

5. Gather all your willpower.

Earlier today when I felt like skipping the gym and leaving the rest of the work I had planned for the day for tomorrow, I imagined how bad I’ll feel in the evening. And especially tomorrow when I’ll have to compensate for all that.

I like my productive self the most and know it’s a matter of willpower to get things done.

Working from home makes us lazier indeed but the energy itself isn’t gone, we just need to remember why we do what we do and bring it back by building momentum.

So that’s kind of a mind hack to have energy all day when you work from home.

6. Get social.

Freelance isolation is a real thing. I’m personally struggling with that too. Social interaction makes up happy and gives meaning to our days. We crave it especially when we run an online business and spend most of our time at home.

So to wake up your mind and get it ready for more work call a friend, get a client on a video call, have a meeting with your virtual staff, or meet with a friend for coffee.

If you need more social interaction around the afternoon slump, take your laptop to a coffice or a coworking space.

7. Hit the gym.

That works for me every time. It’s the part with getting there that’s the challenge.

You need to get ready, leave home and actually have a proper workout. But the feeling after it is great. Fitness is one of the main reason why I can focus in the first part of the day and why I’m more productive and energetic for the whole day in general.

So that’s how I beat laziness when working from home and save focus and productive energy for the day. You can do the same.

We all struggle with the afternoon slump and lack of focus and productivity when working from home. Here are my best tips to beat laziness and have energy for the whole day when you work from home: #workfromhometips #productivityhacks #findfocus #workingfromhome