Follow these Simple Tips to be Happier and More Productive

Where did the time go?

You started with great intentions, and you could have sworn you woke up with an energized, productive attitude. But at the end of the day, all you can do is sigh. You haven’t accomplished nearly as much as you thought – and it’s frustrating.

If you’re not where you want to be in terms of your mental energy and enthusiasm at work, here are some helpful tips to turn things around.

Become a morning person.

Set your alarm to wake up just 15 minutes earlier than usual. Then use that extra time to do something you enjoy as your first “assignment” for the day. It could be a short exercise video, taking the dog for a brisk walk, or reading a favorite novel chapter. Then move into work mode.

Get the un-fun stuff out of the way first.

By starting your day with some “me time,” you should feel like you’re in a good place mentally to tackle work. Roll with that positive flow and tackle at least one unpleasant duty right off the bat. Because you know that cumbersome report or difficult phone call isn’t going to just disappear, get it over with. You’ll feel like a huge weight has been lifted from your psyche.


It’s a lot easier to finish a project on time when you can find that sticky note where you jotted down the related contact information. As noted by experts at the Mayo Clinic, clutter isn’t just unattractive, it’s stress-inducing and makes it hard for you to focus. Organize your workstation, go as paperless as possible (which has the added benefit of saving trees as well as your sanity), and remove anything you no longer need. Make it a point to do this once a day, so it’s not overwhelming.

Eliminate time wasters.

Among daily activities that defines as unnecessary – and that consume an astounding 51 percent of the average worker’s time – are meetings and emails.

  • Up to one-third of the time spent in meetings adds no value to a person’s job. So before you accept your next Zoom invitation, think first. Do you need to be there – and if so, for the entire meeting? Or can you log in, give your report, and log back out? Better yet, could your contribution be accomplished via a phone call or ema
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  • Speaking of emails, don’t feel as though you must respond to every single one immediately. It’s often smarter to wait a bit, as long as it’s a non-urgent matter. Block out time each day to answer less urgent calls and messages, so they don’t interfere with the higher priority items on your to-do list
  • Take breaks.

    Despite the way it may sound, taking breaks can actually make you more productive. Schedule these into your day, too. If you’re not sure how that might work for you, try the time-tested Pomodoro Technique. Because like the old commercial jingle goes, “You deserve a break today.”

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