How to Be Your Most Productive Self

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Small business owners need sleep, too (and that’s not all)

Have you ever gone to bed at night and thought “I got nothing done today.” Suddenly, you feel the stress building up right when you should be winding down. Being productive Monday through Friday is hard – and if you own a small business, you really work 24/7 regardless of the hours on the door!

Luckily it only takes a few small lifestyle changes to help get the energy you need to finish everything every day.

  1. Get your ZZZs in. Being the most productive version of yourself starts with getting a full night’s rest. Lack of sleep kills your productivity levels due to the fatigue your body experiences. Try to give yourself at least half an hour of time to wind down at the end of the day — and get at least 6 hours of sleep.
    • Get into a routine of relaxing each night by reading a book or taking a bath.
    • Do one or two simple tasks, like unloading the dishwasher or taking out the recycling. You can add that to your list of accomplishments for the day (and have one less thing to worry about tomorrow).
    • Avoid your phone! Looking at screens stimulates the brain and will make it harder for you to fall asleep.
  2. Write that down. When you’re getting ready to wind down for the night, create a to-do list for your next day. Take the time to prioritize what needs to be done, and make sure you check the completed items off your list tomorrow. As your list gets smaller, you’ll feel less stressed — and be able to see all the things you accomplished that day.
  3. Get that heart rate up. Working out for as little as 20 minutes a day will not only clear your mind but also release endorphins that reduce stress levels. Exercising also contributes to an improved night of sleep. You’ll fall asleep easier and stay asleep longer — and be better equipped to avoid tomorrow’s 2pm crash.
  4. Take a lunch break. Stop making excuses to skip your lunch break, because you need it more than you think. Taking the time to walk away from your work and clear your head will help you be more productive. Not hungry? Take a 15-minute walk to clear your mind of the morning’s clutter.
  5. You are what you eat. If you want to be full of energy, eat energizing food! If you’re wondering why you’re tired all the time, take a look at your diet. Bad foods will make your feel BAD. Foods that are hard to digest (like heavily processed foods) cause the body to use its energy for digestion instead of brain power — so pick up that banana and throw away those chips.

Don’t let anything or anyone stop you from being the most productive version of yourself. Start by making some small changes every day, and remember: it doesn’t happen overnight – it takes 21 days to make or break a habit. One more reason to start today.

Casey

Casey

Casey is a summer marketing intern here at hibu, managing projects for the team and writing for our blog. In her spare time she enjoys drinking tea, watching Game of Thrones, and relaxing on a beach with her Great Dane and Kindle.

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