It is so easy to become frantic when you are in the middle of a busy workday. Even when you are making good time, the sheer amount of items on your to-do list can start to play with your mind. How will you get it all completed in time? How will you keep your energy up? Before you know it, you find yourself lagging and your productivity dropping.
This is something that happens to everyone. For that reason, one of the most common suggestions for productivity is taking frequent breaks through the day. But should we really stop there? Being relaxed through the day will help keep you focused and on track, without the panic.
What you need is to learn the art of relaxed productivity. Luckily, all that takes is a couple of tips.
Hang Out on Social Media
Yes social media can be distracting and you may be rolling eyes seeing it mentioned in the article about productivity but it all depends on how you use it.
Social media is ideal for making connections in the first place that work well for your personal and career growth. Primal has a great guide on using Twitter to build useful relationships. Social media can offer you a few minutes to relax while doing something useful for your personal growth!
Read a Book
Nothing is quite as relaxing as curling up with a good book. Schedule a couple of minutes out of your day every few hours to read a couple of pages. Not only will it calm you down, but it is a great way to find time to tackle that book list.
It’s not easy to find some time for reading but social media driven motivation can help a lot! Try Goodreads – it’s like a reading community that’s always with you!
Go For a Walk
Another favorite of the fitness crowd, walks do more than burn calories. They slow your mind down, release endorphins and improve your mood.
This is a great ace up the sleeve for those especially stressful days.
Sneak In a Workout
You might think that exercise is the last thing you want to do at the office. After all, you don’t want to get sweaty. Well, you don’t have to.
There are some great, simple toning and relaxation inducing exercises that you can find all over the we. Sparkpeople has several dedicated to at-desk workouts, and some that don’t make you sweat at all. YouTube is another good place to search.
Get Quirky With The Furniture
I am a firm believer in the power of an environment to affect someone’s mood, in both a negative and positive way.
When it comes to remaining relaxed and cheerful, having some good furniture can really help. A comfy chair is fine, but why not go with something a bit more energizing and fun? Like a bean bag chair, for example.
Have a Snack
Hunger is a killer of productivity and calm alike. You should always be prepared with a snack, and not something that comes out of a vending machine.
Fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins are nuts are perfect to boost your energy and leave you feeling more relaxed and focused.
Try a Breathing Exercise
Calm.com… that is a site everyone should have bookmarked. It has short, medium and long breathing meditations, including tiny ones that last only a few minutes.
You would be amazed by how much difference those few minutes will make.
Do you have some tips for relaxed productivity? Let us know in the comments.