4 Things You Thought Were "Lazy" (But Actually Boost Your Productivity)
Lazy, I know. The word alone is enough to make you cringe. And yet, when you think about it, we all have our moments of laziness - when we can't be bothered with doing the dishes or mowing the lawn. But what if there was a way to harness this "laziness" and use it for something productive? Well, that's exactly what I'm here to tell you: there are actually 4 things that may seem "lazy" but will make your day so much more productive. So read on - and get ready to stop feeling bad about being lazy!
You've heard it before: you should be sleeping eight hours a night for optimal health. But studies show that getting more than eight hours can actually improve your productivity and mood. In fact, one study found that adults who slept nine or more hours were less likely to report depressive symptoms than those who got seven hours of sleep or less (and no wonder - it's hard to feel good when you're fatigued all day).
Plus, while there's no concrete evidence that napping boosts creativity and memory, there is some evidence that it does help.
To find out if this was true for me, I tracked my sleep habits over the course of three months and documented any changes I felt in my daily life - like whether or not I could remember things as easily or if my ability to think creatively had improved. After three months of tracking my night-time habits along with my daytime naps, the result was that getting more sleep did improve my memory, and I feel energised to do more!
Taking a short break
Taking a break is one of the most effective ways to boost your productivity.
Breaks help you reduce stress and be more focused on what you're doing. In addition, they give your brain time away from work so it can relax and process information in other ways than working in front of a computer screen or staring at spreadsheets all day long. This can help prevent burnout and even make you more productive when you return from taking a break!
How long should breaks be? It's important to take breaks that are short enough not to disrupt your flow but long enough for them to be effective (so probably no less than 10 minutes). Taking longer than 15 minutes doesn't necessarily make them less effective either – just try not going too much over 20 minutes because then it might disrupt you completely, defeating the whole purpose.
Go on vacation
Vacations are a great way to recharge your batteries and replenish your creativity. They also give you more time to spend with friends and family - and who doesn’t want that?
Resist the urge to work on vacation. Now's your chance to really unwind, get some quality R&R and do all those things you've been wanting to do but haven't had the time. The key is not to bring any work with you and stay away from your computer or phone if possible – at least for a few hours every day.
Setting up an e-mail auto responder in advance will also give coworkers the impression that nothing has changed during your absence from work; this simple step can help reduce anxiety about starting back up again after returning from vacation, and keep them from contacting you unnecessarily.
Say 'No' more
One of the biggest problems we face in our daily lives is trying to do too much. We get overcommitted, and then we feel bad about not being able to do everything that’s been asked of us. But saying 'no' has a lot of benefits, especially when it comes to boosting your productivity.
Say “no” when something doesn’t seem important or urgent enough for you to complete. Say “no” when there aren't enough resources available for the task at hand (like time or personnel). And say “no” when someone asks you for something that requires skills that you don't have - it's just not worth your time and energy!
It's time to stop using the word "lazy" as a negative. Instead, we should empower ourselves by embracing our inner sloth. You might be surprised by how much more productive you feel when you do!
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