Use these 3 neuroscience tips to boost your productivity

Use these 3 neuroscience tips to boost your productivity

Today we’re going to look at 3 (plus one) brain-based tips you can use each day to improve your work and personal life. If you try nothing else, try these. You will definitely notice a difference in the way you feel and the way you manage your life.

  1. Reward yourself

One of the clear messages coming out of neuroscience (and from our recent posts) is the power of rewards. We know that rewards trigger the release of dopamine in the brain and that makes us feel good. We want more of it, so we repeat the positive behaviour so we can earn another reward.

Find a way to reward yourself at the end of a project or even as each stage is completed. You don’t have to party; something small will often do. Think about it – how well do you feel when you can tick something off your to-do list? A simple tick can often be reward enough.

  1. Speaking of lists

According to neuroscientist and author, Daniel Levitin, most people can only hold about four things in their mind at a time. By writing a list of things you don’t want to forget, you free up your brain space, so you don’t have to focus on remembering, and can focus on doing instead.

The other beauty of writing a list is that it gives you time to work out what’s important and what’s not. You can move from one task to another without wasting time dithering over priorities.

  1. Don’t multitask

Whoever invented ‘multitasking’ has a lot to answer for. It sounds highly productive, but in reality, it leaves you with lots of half-completed and low-quality work produced. The brain works better by focusing on one task for a decent length of time. Flitting from one job to another at the same time depletes your mental capacity. It’s tiring! Boost your productivity by dedicating your energy and focus to one task at a time. Your results will be far better.

And finally, here’s one more tip…

  1. Look after your health

It’s inevitable that what you do to your body will have an effect on your brain. Lack of sleep, too much partying, stress…  They all affect your brain’s capacity to work properly.

If you want to be productive, remember to allow yourself time off. It sounds counterproductive, but what it does is allow your brain to rest. Go out and enjoy yourself. Spend time with friends and family. Do what you love doing. Go and get some exercise!

Exercise helps reduce the levels of stress hormones in the brain while stimulating endorphins which improve your mood. It also helps keep your brain healthy, improving functions like memory and concentration.

Your brain can be your foe or your ally. By following these 4 tips, you can make it work for you and boost your productivity every day.

So, what are you waiting for? Off you go…

Athena Coaching

Linda Murray is a successful businesswoman, coach, strategist and mentor, speaker and trainer. Linda’s talent is teaching women to increase their commercial success while using their authentic feminine approach. She mixes her personal experience in business, her strong academic background and her observations of hundreds of businesses to show businesswomen and female executives how to enjoy greater commercial outcomes and accelerated individual success. Linda has coached countless clients to greater success through improved business strategies, increased profits, leadership development, increased team engagement and greater personal satisfaction and commercial confidence. Linda balances the extremes required in business. She has the unique ability to focus on both the big picture and the details; the numbers and the people; the sales and the administration; the left-brain and the right-brain. Linda has a track record in assisting women in business and female executives to identify the commercially profitable big picture strategy and then create an achievable action plan to implement it. Linda built her first successful business in her early 20s, growing her business to a team of 25 bookkeepers and financial controllers. Linda’s business model modernised the bookkeeping industry dramatically – by constantly challenging the traditional models of client management and service delivery. After experiencing the results that business coaching delivered in her business, Linda became passionate about coaching. Linda sold her financial business to start Athena Coaching, where her clients enjoy the benefit of her proven commercial experience combined with state of the art coaching support and her exceptional academic background. Linda has a Masters of Business Coaching, a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Philosophy), is an Accredited Professional Coach and Certified NLP Practitioner.

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