The 5 Best Tools to Make the Work Day More Productive

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Chances are, like most of us, you have a never-ending to do list. Between work, home life, and self-care to-do’s, there simply are just not enough hours in the day. We feel your pain. To ease the stress of the hectic day-to-day, we wanted to round up our top five tools that will make your work day more productive. You can thank us later!

The Power of Pen-to-Paper. Maybe it’s the act of putting something physically out into the universe, but putting pen to paper and writing out your goals, and to-do’s is a sure-fire way to make it happen. It’s also a great way to visualize and organize all the many things that are swirling around in your brain. Once you’re able to write them all down it will surely help you organize and come up with a plan of attack. Also, the act of physically crossing something off your to-do list is such a satisfying conclusion to a busy day.

Morning Boost. Full Disclosure: There is not one universal morning routine that works for everyone. BUT, from our own personal experience, adding a little protein in the morning helps fuel us through our day. Whether it’s a hard boiled egg, peanut butter toast, or a mixed fruit and veggie smoothie with protein powder, any option that sounds good to you, will do the trick. Adding a little extra fuel to get you through the morning will raise your brain's tyrosine levels. This helps your brain produce neurotransmitters called norepinephrine and dopamine, which give you energy and make you feel awake and alert. Sounds like a win/win to us.

Breathe! If you are the proud owner of an Apple iwatch, you might be familiar with the alert “Breathe!”. Each iwatch comes equipped with a breathe app, that reminds you to take time out of your day and breathe. Well, we happen to think they’re onto something. Taking a minute here and there out of your day to simply feel your breath and complete a few breathing exercises, can improve blood flow, reduce inflammation, improve posture, and increase energy levels, among other benefits. With increased energy levels, chances are you’ll more than likely have a more productive day. 

Limit or Ban Social Media. Okay, this is a tough one. We get it, some of you reading this might rely on social media for your livelihood. So if that's the case, you can go ahead and skip onto the next. But if it’s not, hear us out. If your 9-5 requires that you focus on something other than social media, it’s best to keep off altogether. It’s incredibly distracting, and steals your focus-- we’ve all been there : clicked on a tag and ended up on your ex’s, sister’s, friend’s, brother’s best friend’s page. Beyond being a total time-suck, we can also find ourselves playing the comparison game. You start to feel like you’re not enough, or you’re not doing enough. The reality? That is not a productive space to be in. So if you can avoid or minimize your use of social media throughout the day, we reaaaally recommend giving this one a try. 

Change of Scenery. Sometimes you’ve just got to switch it up. If your job requires you to stay stationary (think cubicle, designated desk), we highly recommend setting a timer to get up and move those legs at least twice during your work day. Whether it’s getting up at lunch to go for a quick walk outside, or heading to the break room for a coffee break, taking a step away from what you’re working on allows you to come back to it with fresh eyes. Not to mention, it’s good to get the blood flowing and re-energize, otherwise you’re more likely to feel burnt out by the end of the day.

Still looking for the ultimate tool to make your work day productive? We might be biased but we happen to think our Main Squeeze (fully equipped with a work-station and endless hidden features) is the ultimate tool to help you stay productive throughout your work day!  

March 5, 2020