5 Ways to Be Wildly More Productive (That Don't Involve a Second Cup of Coffee)

Optimizing your day, so you can get the most done in the shortest amount of time, is key to living life to its fullest. When you cross off your to-dos in the most productive way possible, you get to enjoy more quality time doing the things you love, like being with family and friends.

The good news: you don’t have to be born with productivity superpowers. There are simple (caffeine-free) steps you can take to increase your energy and focus, so you can conquer your emails (and laundry piles) in a fraction of the time.

At KOR, we believe in squeezing the most out of each and every day. That’s why we got in touch with a team of wellness experts to learn how to do just that. 

 

Introducing: 5 wellness experts on how they stay focused and productive, so they can achieve their goals, without sacrificing their quality free time:

 

1. Embrace the productivity power of vitamin D3.

Vitamin D3 receptors can be found in large quantities in the brain and can support neuron communication. In fact, scientific studies have found that participants with healthy Vitamin D3 levels perform better on tests.

Vitamin D3 can also help regulate your motivation levels, because individuals with low D3 levels are more likely to be affected by seasonal winter depression. This winter-induced condition can take a big toll on your day-to-day performance and motivation.

Alexandra Soare, Registered Dietitian, Food on Mars
@food_on_mars_

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2. Since I started time blocking, my productivity each day has doubled.

Time blocking refers to planning out what you want to do for the day and what time and how long you’ll do it for.
Here’s how I practice it:
    • Use a calendar that has each hour of the day broken down into half-hour time slots.
    • Write down all the tasks you want to complete that day.
    • Pick your #1 priority for the day.
    • Put your #1 priority on the schedule. 
    • Then fill in the rest of your time blocks for the day until you’ve either finished your to-do list or your schedule is full.
    • Couldn’t get to everything? No problem! Anything leftover simply gets pushed to tomorrow’s to-do list.

     Using this method ensures you avoid overscheduling and always get your most important tasks done each day.

    Candice Mcdaniel, Health Coach, Little Steps, Big Happy
    @littlesteps.bighappy

    3. A natural practice you can incorporate for increased productivity is daily meditation.

    A regular mindfulness meditation practice can improve productivity through improved focus, enhanced creativity, and improved decision making.

    Improved focus and cognitive performance inherently increase productivity output, helping you avoid distractions. Mindfulness can support creativity, which can help you develop more efficient processes for getting things done

    Meditation is known to impact neurotransmitters that improve mood, and studies show that mindfulness practices can reduce emotional reactivity. This responsive (rather than reactive) approach can inform positive decision making and improve confidence.

    Michelle Smith, Certified Meditation Instructor
    @chellesmithyoga 

     

     Sunrise Meditation

    A fruit, vegetable, and superfood smoothie keeps me productive.

    Unlike coffee, a produce-driven smoothie will prevent the dreaded caffeine crash and provide ongoing sustenance. Although coffee is certainly a healthy drink in its own right, these smoothies provide more brain-boosting vitamins and minerals than a cup of joe, along with macronutrients for all-day energy.

    My favorite smoothie ingredients for focusing in, include:
      • Spinach and Kale
      • Frozen Fruit (Bananas, Blueberries, Strawberries, Mango, Pineapple)
      • Carrots, Celery, Tomatoes
      • Oils (Olive, Flaxseed, Walnut, Coconut)
      • Beetroot Powder
      • Wheat Germ
      • Hemp Seeds
      • Chia Seeds
      • Raw Mixed Nuts (Almonds, Peanuts, Pistachios, Cashews)
      • Spices (Ginger, Turmeric, Cinnamon)
      • Pea Protein
      • Maple Syrup

      Drinking this type of smoothie provides immediate and long-lasting focus and energy while also helping me meet my daily nutrient requirements.


      Adam Kemp, Certified Personal Trainer
      @AdamKemp50

      4. Nuts and dark chocolate for prolonged productivity 

      Nuts, such as walnuts and almonds, are enriched with antioxidant vitamin E, which has been shown to improve memory and brain performance. Similarly, dark chocolate contains small amounts of caffeine for enhancing energy and focus, as well as magnesium for relieving stress.

      A small bag of a nut and dark chocolate trail mix is easy to whip up and keep at your desk for fueling focus throughout the day.

      Amber O'Brien, Dietician, Mango Clinic
      @mangoclinic

      5. Get up earlier

      It may not be easy at first, but getting up earlier is something you have direct control over that can go a long way in boosting your productivity.

      The early morning hours are the best time of day to get creative, focused work done before the day's demands and distractions take over. A good rule of thumb is to devote your mornings (I like to call them “MITs”) to your most important tasks.

      Like improving any habit, start small and build up. Try getting up 15 minutes earlier than you normally do for a week, then try 30 minutes, then an hour. Little by little it will become a natural habit that increases your odds of getting things done.

      Sean Barker, Author, The Easy Eating Diet
      @sbarker78

      Wake Up Early

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      Ready to reclaim the precious hours of your day? Add KOR’s Focus Fuel to your productivity routine!




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