Four Exercises to Increase Productivity

There are many exercises that you can do to increase productivity. These exercises force you to look at things in a different way. If you consider various ways of doing the same thing, you’re bound to come up with more efficient ways of completing your everyday tasks. Additionally, the process of experimentation itself wakes up your mind and forces you to concentrate better.

When you keep doing things in the same way, you don’t have to use your brain as much and you might find yourself getting distracted. Try out these creativity exercises and you’ll find that your productivity improves:

  1. Keep a Creative Journal. This is one great way to increase creativity. Buy yourself a nice journal that you can carry in your pocket or bag. Whenever you have a new idea that seems worth exploring, write it down. Later on, when you’re working, you can try out this idea at your leisure. But remember that your ideas don’t only have to be work-related. Increasing creativity in any area of your life will eventually lead to greater creativity and productivity at work because it will keep your grey cells in shape.
  2. Experiment. Another great way to increase creativity is by doing something experimental everyday. It doesn’t have to be a big thing. Maybe you can just get breakfast at a different place. Or get something different for breakfast. Visit a store you’ve been meaning to go to. Go for a swim instead of a walk. Wear a different outfit than usual to work. Or get a slightly different haircut. You don’t have to do anything that you feel uncomfortable doing, only the things that you feel good about.
  3. Take a Walk. Walking really gets your creative juices flowing. Many keynote leadership speakers advise taking daily walks. Some people will tell you that half an hour a day is enough while others might even recommend two hours a day. Start out slow, with fifteen minutes or half an hour and build up to an hour. If you feel like walking more, you’re welcome to do so but 45 minutes to an hour is more than enough to give you that meditative feeling and help you come up with new ideas.
  4. Lists. If you generally handle a task in a certain way, make a list of five different ways that you could do it and try a different one. Try this out in areas where you’re not satisfied with your performance. You can do it at work or at home. If you feel like you’ve been wearing the same thing to work everyday, you can come up with five different outfits and pick the one you like best. If you don’t like your business card, come up with five different ways in which it could be designed and pick one. This might seem time-consuming at first but you soon get used to the idea. And you’ll find yourself getting more enthusiastic about things when you give yourself more options.
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