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Tips To Increase Work Productivity All Year Long

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Tips To Increase Work Productivity All Year Long

Well here it is, another new year has begun. Our first issue of our 22nd year of publishing is out and everyone at the magazine looks forward to another great year in business for not only us, but all our advertisers, readers and contacts too.

Since this is the January edition and we have some New Year Resolutions for families in our Parenting Biz section and a cover story about different changes in the local business and political world, I thought it best now to offer some tips on how to help maximize productivity at work.

One website I reference frequently is News Canada. I recently read the following tips on: NewsCanada.com and wanted to share them with our readers now.

The basis of the article is that it is challenging to stay energetic at work and help is needed to combat the mid-afternoon slump by integrating a few simple, healthy habits to boost your productivity. Check out the following tips and see if any can be helpful for your situation.

1. Catch some zzzz’s. Those who consistently get less than the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep a night may start to experience mild sleep deprivation. Start shifting your schedule to go to bed 30, 20 or even 15 minutes earlier. Making this little change will help with productivity and your overall performance.

2. Stay hydrated. Drinking a sufficient amount of water can alleviate the mid-afternoon slump because your heart is able to pump blood more efficiently when you are properly hydrated. Here’s a quick tip — keep a bottle on your desk to remind you to drink more water. You can even put lines on the bottle to indicate where the water level should be by a certain time to ensure that you are staying hydrated throughout the day.

3. Keep your eating habits in check. Small changes to your diet can benefit your overall productivity and energy levels. Consuming small meals at regular intervals throughout the day and getting enough fibre from veggies and whole grains can help keep your energy more consistent. Try keeping some quick and healthy snacks at your desk like nuts, dried fruits and microwavable popcorn. (Publisher’s Note: And now a word from a News Canada sponsor that must be mentioned) Orville Redenbacher’s new simply salted microwave popcorn is vegan certified and made with no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. This whole-grain snack will satisfy your afternoon munchies without leaving you feeling sluggish. (Learn more at: Orville.ca.)

4. Take exercise breaks. With busy work schedules, it becomes harder to include physical activity into our daily routines. If your office isn’t fortunate enough to have an attached gym, you can still make time for mini workout breaks during the day. Try to schedule walking meetings, take a couple of minutes to stretch or opt to take the stairs rather than the elevator. Remember that little changes go a long way.

Personally, I keep going no matter what and can work 18 hours a day as I just love my job and I am always up to the challenge. However, I realize that might not be the case for others, especially if they are not the business owner.

I survive on little sleep, but I do know I need to get to bed earlier. I drink lots of water and popcorn is my favourite snack! Exercise I need to work on for sure as I am glued to my computer most of the day and night. So, if even a Publisher like me can gain some insight into looking after myself better, using the advice above, I hope you can too.

Here’s to 2019 being the best year of your life!

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