Productivity does not just happen. You have to make it happen. Organized Audrey Thomas has spent a large portion of her life creating routines and practices that maximize productivity.
Throughout the day, we are continuously interrupted. Audrey gave WCHE 1520 AM Radio listeners her tips to help get your day started the right way.
- Do not touch technology for the first hour of the day. Besides using your cell phone as an alarm, put your phone aside after that. While it is tempting to check emails quickly, our brain becomes immediately engaged. You can’t just forget what you see.
- Drink a lot of water.
- Spend 20 minutes doing stretches to get your blood flowing.
- Eat a high protein breakfast. Aim for 20-25 grams of protein which will feed your brain.
- Give yourself 10 minutes of quiet time. Quiet time is really beneficial for your brain before it has to become engaged in your day’s activities.
Audrey explains that we have conditioned ourselves to respond and view things as always urgent. While many emails you receive are important, few of them are urgent.
Audrey also has recommendations for what to do when you first enter the office in morning:
- During your 15 minutes, plan your day. Sit down at your desk and turn on the computer. Do not open your email. Instead, look at your calendar and to-do list.
- Pick out top 3 things that really need your focus for the day.
- Create a list of people you need to reach out to for the day.
When people jump around completing different activities, your productivity lowers. Being organized is different than being clean and perfect, it is a way for you to maximize your productivity.