11 Things You Can Do to Stay Productive When You are Tired 46

11 Things You Can Do to Stay Productive When You are Tired - let's reach success blog

This is a guest post by John, a digital nomad and freelance writer.

Creating a structure to live and work by is in itself a tough project – but once your system is in place, you’ll appreciate the improvements to the way you get through the week.

Until, that is, a time of turbulence comes along and threatens to throw your whole schedule out of whack.

Deadlines, backlogs, and special projects all require an extra push beyond your regular agenda: or, better said, they require an agenda within an agenda.

So do you have an emergency back-up system in place for those times when you’re pushed to utter exhaustion, beyond your regular working hours, and you still have tasks to complete?

It’s not as difficult as it may sound.

In fact, there are a number of body cheats and mind hacks to get a few extra hours of focus and productivity from your system, as long as you are prepared for them in advance.

One such hack is to ensure you continue taking regular breaks.

If your normal working schedule is already in place, you’ll know the importance of break times.

However, it’s easy to neglect them when you sense a deadline approaching and time running out. Avoid this trap by planning ahead.

If you usually take five every 25 minutes, plan in advance to alter it to five every 50 when you’re pushed for time.

Use a timer, or an app such as Break Timer, to ensure you don’t power through your scheduled breaks. And if you are tempted to ignore the reminder, remind yourself this: even a 30 second break can actually improve your productivity. You will actually get less done if you work straight through.

Another good trick is to schedule a change of scene into a particularly long day.

If you know you need to put in 12 hours at the computer, think about planning a mid-morning trip to work in a café, and a couple of afternoon hours at the library.

If you’re pulling an all-nighter, you might even find a 24/7 co-working space to try.

Again, taking the time to move to a new location might feel counter-productive – but it’s not. A change of scene can boost your creativity and concentration levels, so give it a go.

And if you really can’t motivate yourself to pack up your laptop and head out into public, there’s a simple trick you can do at home or in the office: stand up.

We’ve all heard about the recent craze for standing workstations, and a period of exhaustion is actually a great moment to try it. Move your stuff to a shelf or window sill where you can comfortably type without slouching, and carry on working: science shows it can boost brain power and positivity, while reducing fatigue. Just what the doctor ordered!

The guide below presents eleven productivity hacks, there’s plenty in there to keep you productive even when a tough period at work is grinding you down.

Give yourself that extra push now, and you can relax tomorrow.

How to stay productive when you're tired

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Everyone dreams about being successful. But what is success?

For you, it could be building a company, getting promoted at work, generating wealth, or more humble ambitions, such as being the best parent or partner. While success looks different to each person, we all have an innate desire to achieve.

No matter how you define success as an individual, here are some habits you can adopt to become more successful in everyday life.

1. Be Focused.

There are distractions all around us, from social media and smartphones to friends and family. While everyone needs some ‘me time,’ to be successful, you also need focus. As such, cut out distractions and set aside time to work towards your goal.

Remember: There is always something productive you can do.

2. Aim to Learn.

It can be easy to get hung up results but being successful is about more than the outcome. The key to being truly successful is about learning. This allows you to grow and adapt, changing your approach and leading to improvements. As such, make learning a goal. This will also help to keep you motivated, too.

3. Be Prepared.

Being prepared is essential to increase the chance of success. This can be applied to almost any situation. Whether you are expecting your first baby, have an upcoming exam or interview, or are considering CFD trading, all require research and preparation.

4. Stop the Excuses.

When something goes wrong, it can be easy to dig your head in the sand, but this is not a habit of a successful person. Instead, take responsibility. Stop your excuses, work on your weaknesses and make improvements. The onus is on you to be successful so step up, set challenges and drive yourself forward.

5. Be Happy.

You may be focussed on earning more money, or you may have a goal to buy a flash car. But if you’re working a job you cannot stand, putting in too many hours and sacrificing time with the ones you love, you could quickly start to feel miserable.

Increase your happiness and make it a marker of your success, even if it takes longer to achieve your goals.

6. Feel Grateful.

Success is often less about material possessions or goals than it is about changing our perceptions.

This is why it is important to start recognizing the good things around you. Recognise and feel grateful for what you already have and you will soon feel very successful indeed.

7. Start Failing.

This may seem counterintuitive, but failure is a big part of success. It helps to highlight the things we do not want and essentially provides clarity. A little failure never hurt anyone. After all, no one has ever become successful without first experiencing failure.