July 2019

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3 reasons why deep sleep is a must to goal achievement!

by Leena on July 30, 2019 No comments

Want to get super productive and achieve those goals? Then get some sleep.

Sleep problems and lack of sleep can affect everything from personal and work productivity to behavioral and relationship problems. Over 500 million people worldwide suffer from the after effects of inadequate sleep and this directly pulls down their ability to get things done.


The Institute of Medicine recently estimated in its report, Sleep Disorders and Sleep Deprivation: An Unmet Public Health Problem, that “hundreds of billions of dollars a year are spent on direct medical costs related to sleep disorders such as doctor visits, hospital services, prescriptions, and over-the-counter medications.”

Make sure your hard earned money goes towards a vacation with loved ones as opposed to buying medicines or landing you in the hospital for sleep disorders that have been linked to hypertension, heart disease, stroke, depression, diabetes and other chronic diseases.  

Among the plenty hacks available for productivity, these pointers I found most useful

Aim High, Start Low – For those of us who set stretch goals and love going after them, remember to start low. Just like when you join a gym – on day one you don’t do a 100 push-ups or carry heavy weights. You build stamina each day, grow your endurance and then slowly begin to add or tone up your muscles. Similarly with goals, ensure you start with meticulous planning of time, make time for work and plan quality time for play and adequate hours of sleep.

Stretch goals don’t mean that they eat into your sleep hours. Think smart and prioritize your goals in a way that inspire you not exasperate you! It is not a good idea to reduce your hours of sleep and remove play time from your schedule – this is a great recipe for burn outs!

Power Naps – Plan a 20 minute power nap in the second half of the day, to refresh and rejuvenate your senses by giving your mind some time off. (plug into your headphones and listen to some binaural music to enhance your state of sleep) A longer nap at this time (like 60 to 90 minutes!) can ruin your productivity for the rest of the day and affect the quality of your sleep at night. Power naps are a great way to put yourself in an alpha state, and raise your productivity!

Night Sleep – To ensure quality sleep at night, block out any screen time one hour prior to your sleeping time, listen to some soft music or chants, do a nightly ritual like a warm water bath, drinking a glass of warm water, write your gratitude for the day and sleep in a dark room. A good night’s sleep not only allows your body to repair itself, but also ensures a high energy day when you wake up!

Simple old school hacks like these are worth trying and abiding by, to create a life of harmony and happiness. Let us know which of these hacks you love the most and how it has changed your life!

Leena Munot
Author
Goals Mantra

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5 productivity hacks to get more done!

by Leena on July 30, 2019 No comments

Time – the biggest asset we all have – and one that everyone gets every single morning, in equal amount! And yet, at the end of each day, only some of us accomplish a lot and a bigger lot gets through the day, but with a lower sense of accomplishment. Here are my 5 favourite productivity hacks that will help you enjoy more days of the week, feeling great about getting things done!

Plan time to schedule your top priorities – Write down how many hours the job will take to get done, what day you plan to do it, what time will you do it and set time limits. Eg., I will complete that accounts review, on this Wednesday from 10 am to 1 pm.

Do the tough job first and boost your productivity – Research shows that your energy goes way up, when you get the biggest piece of work done first thing in the day and gives you a super sense of accomplishment. This fuels you up even further to push through the rest of the tasks and tick them off your list (usually before time!)

Time block minus technology – When it is time for you to get that scheduled job done, shut out technology – no mail, no call, no social media. This focused time allows you to give the job at hand your undivided attention and best shot (like I am using my time block window to write this blog today!)

Work in productive spurts – Give yourself a 15 minute walking or social media break after a 90 minute focused work window. Be a sprinter in your head not a marathoner. The latter leads to energy sapping days at work and lowers your motivation, making it tougher to get back on top of your work load. (Make sure you drink enough water to keep yourself hydrated and to keep your brain active!)

2 minute productivity rule – If a task will take no longer than 2 minutes to complete, then do it right away and don’t keep it for later – this ensures your to-do list does not keep adding new items and cause unnecessary overwhelm!

Do you face productivity issues and feel demotivated often? Leave a comment below on which area of your life would you like to address productivity in and (maybe) together, we can find a way out!

Leena Munot
Author, Goals Mantra

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