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How to be productive
    2014-08-29  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

    Amanda Roberts

    aroberts42@live.com

    WHEN a big project is due or you have a lot of work ahead of you, you might try to chug a coke or coffee and power through, but there are healthier and more effective ways to beat the mid-day or late night sluggishness and get to work! Here are some tips.

    1. Limit distractions. Many people think multitasking might help them get more done in a short amount of time, but that is typically false. By dividing your attention, it can actually take you longer to complete each task than if you gave each one your undivided attention. Close those extra tabs on your computer, disable your Wi-Fi completely if necessary, turn off your phone, and get to work!

    2. Write down a to-do list. No, don’t type it out on your computer or keep a running tab in your head. Write the things you need to do down on a piece of paper. Research has shown that the act of writing with a good old-fashioned pen and paper increases cognitive thinking.

    3. Don’t ignore your eyestrain. Staring at a computer screen for too long can strain your eyes, causing headaches and discouraging you from working. Follow the 20-20-20 method to prevent eyestrain. Every 20 minutes, focus on an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This will help your eyes relax.

    4. Turn on the lights. While it might be tempting to work in the dark, especially if you don’t want to bother a sleeping partner or child, dim lights encourage your body to wind down. Studies have shown that working in bright lights increases alertness.

    5. Move! Sitting for too long can make you feel tired. But you don’t have to run a marathon, or even sweat. Just a few minutes of mild exercise can get your blood flowing and pump oxygen to your brain. A short 10-minute walk can give you an energy boost for two hours.

    6. Stay hydrated. While soda or coffee might give you a quick burst of energy, caffeine is a diuretics, which makes you pee often (causing a distraction), dehydrating you and causing drowsiness. So replace that coffee mug on your desk with a bottle of water to stay hydrated and healthy.

    7. Take a caffeine nap! I know this sounds like it makes no sense and contradicts earlier advice, but hear me out. There is nothing wrong with an occasional burst of caffeine if you really need it, but try drinking a cup of coffee and then taking a nap for just 15 minutes. It takes 15 minutes for the effects of caffeine to kick in, so you’ll wake up refreshed, energized, and ready to finish that project!

    Be sure to reward yourself when all your work is done. A little positive reinforcement can help you get started on your next project with a can-do attitude.

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