• Joy Bowen

5 Tips to Increase Your Productivity

Hey everyone, Joy here. Last week I was super fortunate to sit on an invite-only leadership call with the one and only, Mel Robbins. If you haven’t read her book, “The 5 Second Rule,” I cannot recommend it highly enough. Anyhow, during the call, Mel shared 5 tips for increasing your productivity in, what she called, today’s “attention economy.” With computers and phones and email and social media and everything we have access to at our fingertips, everyone is trying to vy for your attention. We’re living in a new era where whatever we give our attention to, benefits financially. Here are Mel Robbins’ scientifically proven top 5 tips to increase your focus and your productivity level: 1. NO phone in the bedroom. You can keep it in the bathroom or the kitchen or wherever, but not in the bedroom. The idea here is that when the alarm goes off in the morning, you have to actually get up, you can’t lie there scrolling social media!

2. Get out of bed as soon as the alarm goes off. Literally. No snooze. If you hit your snooze button, you’re sending your brain into another sleep cycle that take much longer than 10 or 15 minutes to complete. When you do that, you start off the day in a productivity deficit because of the extra time it takes your brain to wake up.

3. Take 5. She actually said that now she takes 30 minutes for meditation/prayer/quiet time when she wakes up, but you can start with 5 minutes and work your way up to that. It’s difficult in the beginning, but so worth it to start your day off in a peaceful place.

4.Identify one thing you will accomplish today. During your 5 minutes of introspection, specify one thing you’re going to make progress on that day and write it down. A lot of us make the mistake of thinking we’re going to get everything on our list done in one day, but that’s just not realistic. Instead of trying to do it all, find that one thing that you can make progress on for the day and get it done.

5. Commit to a stop-work time. This one is huge for me and I’m going to really try to stick to this for a month. For people like me who tend to work a lot, committing to a time when I’m going to be completely focused on my family or self-development is a big challenge.

I was so happy to hear these tips because I really think they’re super doable. I don’t know about you, but I’ve got enough challenging things going on in my life. I need tips and tricks that are easy and immediate. Will you commit to doing these things with me for the next month? Which of the 5 do you think is going to be most challenging? Love you guys! Joy

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