Daily Habits to Increase Productivity In and Out of the Classroom
Daily Habits to Increase Productivity
Between work, school, and kids we can easily become overwhelmed. What if there was a way to make it all a little less overwhelming? We went ahead and pulled together some tips and tricks of simple daily habits that will aid in getting more done so you can relax at the end of the day.
Set Self-Imposed Deadlines
If you know that you are prone to procrastination, setting deadlines for yourself could help you become more organized, and help you get your work done in a timely manner. In order to meet your deadlines, make them realistic. You don’t want to set a deadline that is 6 months away. Instead, give yourself shorter deadlines, and break down your projects into smaller pieces. Also, remember to write these deadlines down so you have a record of your commitments.
According to the Huffington Post, the two-minute rule can help you get started on the tasks that you should be doing, like writing a paper or cleaning your room. The rule is simple: if something takes less than two minutes to complete, do it immediately. You can also use this rule to create new daily habits. If your goal is to read more, then begin by reading for two minutes. After that you can read for another two minutes, and soon enough 30 minutes will pass, and you will be on your way to creating a new daily habit.
There’s only a finite amount of hours in the day, and getting all of your work done in them can be difficult. You might resort to multitasking to get things done, but as research by the American Psychological Association shows, this can be more harmful than helpful. Our minds and brains aren’t designed to multitask, so make it a daily habit to work on one project at a time. You’ll be surprised at how much more productive you can be.
In our fast-paced society, you may be pressured into working long hours to get your work done as quick as possible. However, studies have shown that our bodies move from a state of alertness into physiological fatigue approximately every 90 minutes. According to an article by the New York Times, to combat this we often try to override these signals by giving ourselves caffeine, sugar and our own body reserves (the stress hormones adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol).
If you want to avoid unnecessary stress, and an addiction to caffeine, do this one simple task: make it a daily habit to get up and move every 90 minutes. If you are in a classroom, use this to create an active classroom by involving your students in the lesson.
Try implementing these daily habits into your routine or classroom, and you can start working smarter, not harder. These can help you and your students become more organized, less stressed, and more confident in your work.