Productivity Hacks – 10 tips to be healthier, more efficient, and more alert at work

Productivity Hacks – 10 tips to be healthier, more efficient, and more alert at work

1.    Cultivate a routine of regular stretching. Morning stretches are great for waking the body up but if you don’t have time or you already worked out in the morning, try to stretch at lunchtime. Ideally, this should be done before lunch but could also be done 30 minutes afterwards. The act of stretching will ‘reset’ the spine, open the lungs, pump blood into all the muscle-groups and ultimately help prevent the after-lunch slump so many of us experience. Stretches can be as simple as raising the arms while trying to touch the ceiling, touching your toes, rolling the shoulders back and hugging the arms behind the back. 2.    If you work in a noisy environment and music is too distracting to work to try Noisli, an excellent web and mobile app. Noisli is a background sound and noise generator. If you work better to the sound of birds chirping while water flows through a windy meadow then this is the app for you. Random white noise can be generated as well as coffee shop sounds. The web version is free and the app costs a couple of dollars. 3.    Give up the coffee and try Matcha Tea. Matcha is a cancer-fighting, fat-burning super drink that delivers caffeine in a more steady release fashion. Coffee tends to give us a jolt and then bring us back to earth with a thud. Matcha tea gives a milder buzz for a longer period of time. Matcha is packed with antioxidants and doesn’t raise insulin levels, thus helping keep cravings and blood sugar under control.  We got ours from Le Palais de Thés...
Work standing up! Historical figures that stood at work

Work standing up! Historical figures that stood at work

Some of the smartest people have routines and methods for being creative. Some like to get in a car and drive for inspiration. Other immerse themselves in water. These are not practical examples for most people but the following list of writers, creators and world changers worked best while standing. Their creativity was helped by their improved posture and overall well-being thanks to not being slumped over a desk. Work standing up and see how it can improve your working life! Ever wondered how great minds think and how what they use to aid the thought process? Many creative people have used standing desks as aids to more productivity at work. Working while seated (in a sedentary job) can be antagonistic to the creative process. Sitting puts the body in an unnatural position. The slumped over posture and rounded spine is reminiscent of how animals and humans showed submission and fear throughout evolution. When you're afraid the body sends out hormonal responses. You protect the most important parts of the body by folding over and making yourself smaller. Hunching over at work sends signals to the body and brain that are similar signals (to a lesser effect) to the ones our ancestors experienced when faced with an aggressor or stressful situation. The creative juices don't flow when we're afraid, except perhaps for figuring out clever ways to escape. Obviously, stressed cannot perform their life's best work. People that have bodies stressed from sitting all day will not harness the full power of their potential. Stand up and see how you feel. Can you think more effectively? Can you write with...