How Your Mind, Body and Soul Can Affect Your Productivity
There’s no doubt that getting yourself to work on time can sometimes be a difficult task. The dreaded call of our alarm going off is one of our least favourite sounds in life, but whether we like it or not, it signals the start of our working day. The morning routine can sometimes be a rushed task, especially if you have children. Jump in the shower, get changed and squeeze in some breakfast are some of the tasks we complete to kick start our daily routine.
Commuting to work can be rather stressful to some people, those in particular who work in the city. With the majority of our working day starting at 9am, public transport is at its busiest, the roads are becoming more and more congested, making the thought of a warm office seem not so bad. We all pray that our day goes quickly and be as productive as possible, but in order to do this we need to look after ourselves, more specifically our mind, body and soul. In order to maximise your day and make the most out of it, you need to follow a few simple steps that can make the difference between a good and bad day.
To fully understand how to stay energised and productive throughout your day, office furniture retailer Furniture At Work, have created a guide which looks at how you should prepare and maintain your mind, body and soul to help create a positive working day all round.
Relax your mind
The mind is a powerful tool and plays a big part in how you operate on a day to day basis. If your mind isn’t relaxed then you won’t be able to concentrate. Essentially it will be in overdrive and steering you away from the task that needs completing. As a main part of your body, the mind picks up on sights, sounds, sensations and smells, meaning you can use this to your advantage and create a working environment that will hopefully boost productivity.
There are a few surprising changes that you can make to your work space, such as introducing plants and calming colours. According to the survey, 65% of people believe that the colour of your surroundings can affect productivity levels with blue, green and purple supposedly being the most relaxing. Another addition which carries a host of benefits is by adding plants into your office, or to be more scientific biophilia. Bringing the indoors in has been known to increase productivity, creativity as well as reducing stress.
If the above points are true then these are two simple ways that can help relax your mind and focus on the work that needs completing.
Energise your body
We all know how it feels to have a lack of energy. You feel fatigued, struggle to concentrate and find yourself in a bit of a rut. When sitting behind a computer screen all day you can often suffer headaches, back pain and fatigue. To combat these it’s important to take regular breaks from your desk so you can stretch your legs and give your eyes a short break. Your posture is really important and needs to be looked after. 40% of the people surveyed said that their office chair isn’t correctly suited to their posture. If this is the case then you should inquire about a chair which is going to support your posture and reduce any aches and pains.
In order to maintain a healthy lifestyle we should be exercising regularly and eating well whatever our job may be. Keeping fit and healthy is really important but a huge 50% of people say they don’t have time to exercise whilst working a full time job. Although it may be hard it’s important to energise your body, even if it’s just for a brisk walk on your lunch hour.
Nourish your soul
With the mind and body now looked after, it’s time to turn your attention to nourishing the soul. Working in an office has its many advantages but when it comes to snacking well, this can be difficult. We all love a sweet treat but if you’re partial to them on a regular basis and not exercising, it’s inevitable what’s going to happen. When snacking through the day and working at the same time, we sometimes forget what we’re consuming. With this in mind, it’s important to snack wisely and exercise regularly to burn off any access calories.
Although we should keep the sweeter treats to a minimum, if you struggle to exercise in your free time then you should consider snacking on foods like yoghurt, fruit and nuts. This isn’t to say we can’t enjoy more calorific foods; it’s just about getting the balance right.
We all want our day to be as productive as possible and to go quickly. Making a few small adjustments to your surroundings, diet and lifestyle can have a big impact on how prepared you are for the day ahead.