Do you ever just run out of steam when you are working? I do! Do you get project block or feel stuck or stalled? I do! I’ve learned that the quickest and simplest ways to recharge my productivity and my creativity are:
Change the Scenery
This can be as easy as getting outdoors for a 15 minute walk. Take time to relax in your garden, on your deck, or looking out your balcony. When getting outside isn’t an option, even just moving to a different room in the house (when you have a home office), or spending a few minutes in the company break room can be all you need to jumpstart again.
Change the Sounds
When you listen to the radio all day, turn it off for a few minutes and listen to the quiet. On the other hand if you usually work in silence, take music or even a news break (that can prove stressful!) The key here is to change whatever routine you are used to, even for just 15 minutes so that you break the pattern you are in and break out of being stuck or stale.
Change the Touch
Many of us today are on our computers so much that we forget the lost art of communicating by phone! Text has become a replacement for voice to voice talk. Change your routine, when you are used to tapping a keyboard whether laptop or palmtop, stop and instead choose to make a phone call or two. Now this doesn’t have to be a license to dive into calling your best friend for two hours, but instead could be short business calls, vendor follow ups or 10 minutes with a colleague or friend. The point is change your mode of communication, shift the way you touch others, even for a few minutes.
Small changes can have powerful results. It is easy to get stuck in a mindless routine that leaves you feeling drained and not nearly as productive. Whether you work out of your home, hotel rooms (road warriors), or a company office, pay attention to ways you can break the pattern to boost your productivity.
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