With the New Year in full swing I thought I would share some of the little things I do to ensure I have the most productive day possible...
Get a good nights sleep and have a sleep routine
I know a lot of people mention how important a good nights sleep is, but whenever I get a solid 8 hours I always feel so much better for it. Since going to bed at around 10 and waking up at 6 I've created a body clock for myself giving me so much more energy. To drift off a little easier I love to use the This Works Deep Sleep pillow spray - it's a game changer and sooooo worth the hype! I also try my best to leave my phone on the other side of the room at 9.30pm and leave it there until the morning, I drift off much better having a tech free half hour beforehand (or even 15 minutes can sometimes be enough...)
Drink as much water as possible throughout the day
Anyone else keep telling themselves they will start drinking more water but then forget the next day? Well here's your reminder! In work I manage to drink a lot of water and it definitely keeps me on track, I know water makes a difference because when I'm at home and I forget to keep hydrated I start to feel so tired and unmotivated. I think having a big bottle helps with this, or if you're really struggling there are a couple of apps that send alerts to your phone reminding you. I also love that drinking water comes with so many other benefits too, how can it be so hard to remember!?
Take up Mindfulness
The buzz word of 2016, but don't knock it till you've tired it. My best ideas and creative thoughts always seem to pop up when I'm driving, and I've realised it's because my mind has a break from everything else! I love using the calm app to have 10 minutes of mindfulness, afterwards I'm refreshed and full of new ideas.
Get organised and plan your day
I'm a bit of a freak when it comes to planning, I just hate no knowing how my day will pan out! All of the little things like getting my lunch ready the day before and picking out something to wear the next day means the next morning is pretty stress free and I can spend more time on important things. I never used to be this organised but since sticking to it and making it part of my routine I've managed to get so much more done.
I find writing lists really helpful and then keeping them visible throughout the day, there is nothing more satisfying than being able to tick off tasks.
Taking breaks for me, like mindfulness actually makes me feel more refreshed and ready to work harder. By a break I don't mean going on my phone (when I do this my 'break' turns into full on procrastination), but have a little walk around or just move from where ever it is you're working/ attempting to do something productive can make a whole lot of difference.
I'm really starting to feel motivated for 2017 now, and being as productive as possible is something I want to keep up... What's your tip for a more productive day?