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How to boost your productivity and get the most out of every day

There are only so many hours in a day, 24 to be exact, and if you’re getting the recommended 8 for sleep, then that means making the most of what time is left is critical. We all want to be more productive and look back on our day believing that we achieved the most we possibly could. However, it’s not always that easy when you live in such a fast-paced, multitasking society.

To lend a helping hand and share how you can get the most out of every day, Jeremy Jauncey, successful entrepreneur, founder, and CEO of Beautiful Destinations, and long-time user of leading fitness app Freeletics, lists his top productivity hacks:

1. Prioritise sleep

For me, nothing is more effective to boost your productivity than having a good night’s sleep. Some think it’s hard to guarantee good quality sleep, but you can invest in it.

I recommend putting in the time to actively prepare for sleep, in the same way you would do so for exercise, for example, switch off electronic devices at least an hour before going to bed, as they can be incredibly distracting. Additionally, the light that some of them emit can promote wakefulness, which is not helpful if you’re trying to wind down.

I’d also recommend not eating a heavy meal too close to bedtime. Try having your last meal at least two hours before you plan to go to bed, this is so that your body isn’t digesting food and can relax. Lastly, avoid sugar and caffeine after mid-afternoon, as these will also promote wakefulness. It definitely helps to get into a routine with all these factors considered and find a consistent time to go to bed.

2. Spend some time alone

Working on your own can eliminate distractions and give you vital time to focus and really get things done. If like me, you have a short attention span and are impatient, distractions can be your biggest challenge.

Silence and spending time alone really help to minimise interruptions and allow me to focus on important work. However, this can be unique to the individual. Some people thrive working in teams and being surrounded by others. To truly boost your productivity, you need to identify and understand how you work best.

Silence and spending time alone really help to minimise interruptions and allow me to focus on important work. However, this can be unique to the individual. Some people thrive working in teams and being surrounded by others. To truly boost your productivity, you need to identify and understand how you work best.

3. Get started

My motto has always been “just start doing.” I’ve always believed that action spurs motivation. Often, getting started is the hardest part, as people tend to wait for the perfect time and conditions to actually begin. It’s important to recognise that there is no perfect time, and just taking the plunge will pay off.

Even if it’s a small step, start doing something towards the goal you’re aiming for and I truly believe this will help build your motivation.

4. Find time to exercise

According to studies, dedicating time to exercise helps improve productivity. When you exercise, you are increasing blood flow to the brain, which can help sharpen your awareness and prepare you for upcoming tasks. I always try to work out in the morning to set the tone of my day.

I rationalise that if I do a brutal workout in the morning, the rest of the day will be easier. This really helps me to push harder during a workout. Morning exercise helps me feel that I’ve accomplished something meaningful before the day has even properly kicked off. A lot of people think they don’t have time to exercise in the morning, but the key is finding a workout you enjoy, as well as something that is time-efficient and can be done anytime, anywhere.

I travel a lot and I’m always on the go, so just a quick yet tough Freeletics Bodyweight workout (www.freeletics.com) in the morning keeps me at the top of my game wherever I am, even if I only have 20 minutes. It’s the best start to a productive day.

5. Write lists

Considering how digital my life is, I’m still a little old-school with this one. I like to make written lists of all the tasks I need to complete. Physically crossing off topics helps me to be productive and gives me a great sense of achievement.

To begin with, a to-do list can seem overwhelming as you can physically see all the things you need to get through, but once you’ve made a start, and can begin crossing things off, you’ll instantly feel more motivated and productive.

For more information on Freeletics, visit www.freeletics.com. To download the Freeletics Bodyweight app for free, visit the App Store or Google Play Store.

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