Trying to master the art of productivity is like searching for the holy grail. Too often, jam-packed calendars, social commitments, and deadlines feel like insurmountable obstacles in the way of checking things off your to-do list. Which is exactly why it pays to develop a consistent routine that prioritizes self care, encourages calm, and leads to a more productive you. Getting there is half the battle, but we’ve got a few helpful tips and tricks for creating a productive routine and maintaining energy throughout the day.
Waking up at the same time every day is one of the best ways to boost productivity — and the earlier the better. Our bodies experience a natural spike in energy in the morning, so take advantage of it. In addition, try making a mental note of your top three priorities — whether it be work tasks or personal fitness goals — before getting out of bed each day. Think about what you want to accomplish and let those intentions guide you into wakefulness.
Hit the gym, go for a walk, or jog around the block — whatever you need to relieve stress, trigger your endorphins, and focus on the day ahead. Just remember to listen to your body and reserve time for some active recovery. If you push yourself hard, try easing tired muscles with a CBD balm or make yourself a smoothie with a CBD plant protein powder.
After your workout, freshen up in the shower with a shave and a rejuvenating facial scrub, and get yourself in the right headspace by listening to an inspiring podcast. From there, grab a cup of coffee, matcha, or an adaptogen-forward beverage like a turmeric golden milk latte.
Studies show that eating breakfast can greatly improve memory and concentration. After all, it’s not just about restoring the energy you spent during your morning workout, but fueling yourself for the day ahead. Something nutrient-dense and light, like yogurt and granola or overnight oats, will keep you feeling full until lunch.
Instead of letting yourself become overwhelmed by a hectic schedule, organize your day — and your mind — by creating a list that prioritizes tasks according to importance and urgency. This will give you a broad view of what needs to be done, and allow you to break things down into manageable pieces.
Rather than obsessively checking emails throughout the day, reserve just a couple 30-minute blocks to scan, filter, and respond to the messages in your inbox. This should help minimize distractions so you can stay focused on the task at hand.
A productive self-care routine is one that carves out time for a proper lunch break. And that means not eating at your desk. If the weather’s nice, enjoy your lunch on a park bench or go for a walk to clear your head. While you may think you can be efficient by powering through with a burrito in one hand, it’s much more beneficial to step away from your computer.
Take stock of your to-do list and how you’re feeling both mentally and physically — and then recalibrate if necessary. Checking off the tasks you’ve already completed is guaranteed to make you feel accomplished and motivated to keep going. This is also a good time to check your inbox again.
By this point in the afternoon, you may start to feel tired. It makes sense: you’ve been up since 6:30am and you’ve already done a lot. If you feel yourself losing focus, take a CBD capsule or herbal supplement to boost concentration. A tonic or essential oil may also help reinvigorate and re-energize you for the remainder of the work day.
Whether you work in an office or at home, give yourself a hard stop. Setting boundaries is essential to staving off mental fatigue, and will allow you to be more productive tomorrow. Finish work as close to 5 o’clock as possible so you have time to run a few errands — like shopping for groceries (don’t forget your reusable tote bags!), playing fetch with the dog, or picking up the dry cleaning.
Cooking dinner at home is one of the best things you can do at the end of a long day. Slowing down, setting the table, enjoying a meal you’ve prepared, and reflecting on the day is a self-care habit we can get behind.
Being productive feels great, but you’re not a machine. Incorporate some activities that you love into your day: curl up with a good book, watch an episode of your favorite show, or practice your skincare routine. Incorporate CBD drops into your evening wind down to help you relax — a good nightly routine will help you develop a good morning routine.
Being a more productive person is as much about developing good habits as it is about identifying the things you might struggle with. The key is to listen to your mind and body and to create consistency with a well-thought-out routine — before you know it, you’ll be more productive than ever.
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