A person’s quality of life largely depends on their ability to be productive. Whether it’s meeting quotas at work, completing assignments for school, or tending to chores around the house, life demands we get things done.
Unfortunately, productivity isn’t a switch we can simply flip on. Instead, there are numerous factors—both internal and external—that impact what we can accomplish in a day. Here are a few of these factors to consider.
Routines, patterns, and self-care
We are creatures of habit. When your basic daily needs are met on a predictable schedule, your mind has more energy to tackle other tasks. On the other hand, if you go to bed at a different hour every night, have irregular eating habits, and never block off time to relax, your productivity will be as unpredictable as your schedule.
Your surroundings greatly affect your productivity, so don’t overlook the details of your workspace when you want to get things done. One study concluded that things like a room’s temperature, noise levels, and aesthetics make a big impact on productivity. Take control of these factors as much as you can to improve your focus and efficiency.
Friends and loved ones add meaning and purpose to our lives that can be motivating. Likewise, colleagues you admire and respect can influence and inspire you to be your best. Research by the University of Rochester concluded that simply seeing other motivated people in action raises individual motivation.
Naturally, some of the factors mentioned are beyond your control. You can’t always pick your coworkers, and it’s unlikely you were consulted on your office or classroom’s design. Emotional support, however, is always available to those in need at Valley Oaks Health—as is help with forming routines and habits that support your mental health. Feel free to reach out to one of our experts if you need help becoming more productive.