How To Boost Productivity Without A Caffeine Addiction

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There are ways to be more productive without a caffeine surge. | Source: Hattanas Kumchai / ShutterStock

I’m the kind of person whose productivity is highest first thing in the morning and late at night when I should be asleep to make it to the office on time the next day. Around 4:00 PM everyday, I start nodding off at my desk. So when I heard there are ways to improve productivity without running over to the Flavia machine for more tea or to 7-Eleven for a gross, liquid methamphetamine in the form of a 5-Hour Energy, I got really, really excited to share them with you.

Dr. Travis Bradberry revealed on LinkedIn that there are a ton of ways to make your productivity go way up that don’t involve a possible caffeine addiction and/or an affair with a barista.

Get your sweat on.
Exercise improves your energy levels, which in term will boost your productivity. If you feel yourself fading, hit the gym after work or even just go for a power walk on your lunch break.

Make sure you actually take a break.
You may think leaving your desk to eat your sandwich may make you end up staying late to finish your projects up at the end of the day, but the opposite may actually be true. Actually getting up, getting some sunlight or at least heading to the office cafeteria instead of frying your brain in front of your monitor for an extra whopping 20 minutes can refresh your brain and help you be more productive as the day goes on.

Take a nap.
Obviously, this is my favorite tip ever because I love sleeping: Taking a 15-20 minute afternoon nap, preferably between 1:00 and 3:00 PM in a dark room with a blanket can refresh you and make you a lot sharper for the rest of the day. Of course, this gets tough in most workplaces, but if you can even cozy up in your car for a few minutes under a cozy hoodie, it can help.

Have a meeting when you finish a project.
Management expert Alison Green explains to CBS News that having a meeting after a project ends, as opposed to simply moving on to the next project, can help you and your team be more productive in a practical sense: You can go over what worked, what didn’t, where you can all improve and handle more delegation for your next effort in accordance with everyone’s strengths from the previous project.

Tweet and Facebook your coworkers.
Using social media at work can make a lot of us work slower, but if you’re using it wisely and with your projects in mind, it can really help: Tweet some congratulations a co-worker on her kickass Powerpoint, schedule a lunch date with your super-smart cube mate over Facebook and you’ll feel happy, refreshed and, yes, more productive.

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    • Erin

      I’m pretty sure my boss is ok with my caffeine habit, but would not be ok if I developed a mid-day nap habit.