5 Ways for Bloggers to Increase Productivity – A Healthy Environment

Have you been blogging for a while now, but feel you need to give your career a boost, as well as your energy? If you find it more difficult to get the work done, then you should take a look around at your surroundings, as well as your daily activities.

Or, perhaps you are just starting out and want to get off to the right start with practicing habits that will work at increasing your productivity. Sitting at a desk most of the day, like bloggers and writers often do, it’s easy to slip into some unproductive habits.

I am going to share with you some ideas that will help to prevent some of the physical ailments that can be brought on by sitting at a desk all day, as well as mental blocks that often come with it.

1. Organizing Your Space

To avoid chaos and wasted time, organize your space so you can find what you are looking for, when you need it. Purchase open storage bins, which will allow you to easily see what is inside of them. Or, label them clearly so you are not wasting time wondering where something might be.

Have a calendar, either on the computer, the desk, or both. Writing down deadlines and goals will help you to visualize your intent, and make it easier to obtain. I have also utilized automated email reminders for events, deadlines, and various other reminders that will help keep me on track.

2. Ergonomics

Having a properly setup workspace can help you with both the physical and mental challenges that working in a sedate position all day can bring on. Using ergonomic tools and furniture that will support your body, rather than fight the natural tendencies helps to diminish aches and pains often associated with sitting for long periods.

I have researched multiple options for the treatment of back pain, and have discovered that I would rather prevent it from happening in the first place, than go through some of the treatments.

Dr. Amy Grabowski, a Chiropractor in VA, says that a proper ergonomic work station is important in diminishing the physical stress that sitting all day can have on our backs, necks, and eyes. Items that are available to help are the following:
  • Chair with lumbar support to relieve stress on the lower back
  • Wrist pad to help prevent carpal tunnel
  • Foot rest to relieve stress on the legs and back
  • Adjustable monitor to help relieve stress on the neck and eyes
  • Phone headset to help take stress off the neck

There are many options available in stores, at various prices. You can even adapt something within your own home to help, such as placing books under a monitor to raise it, if you don’t want to purchase a new one. The key is to support your body as it is supposed to naturally sit in a normal upright position.

When you are not experiencing the aches and pains of sitting all day, you will feel like you can accomplish so much more in a day. I have worked in both situations, ergonomically challenged, and ergonomically enhanced…and I will take the ergonomically enhanced every time.

3. Organize Your Day

We all have those days where we have something we really don’t feel like tackling. It might be a phone call we are dreading, or a long and difficult task that needs to get done. Have you ever put it off, just because you don’t want to do it? I have. And, I realize that it eats at me all day long, until I get it done.

So, why not get it done first thing in the morning, to clear your day for things that you do not dread? I now sit down, write down all things that need to get done that day, and prioritize based on that theory. I find my day is far more productive overall, because I don’t have it hanging over my head.

Plan the day, and check it off as you accomplish each task. While you are at it, schedule a couple breaks.

4. Take Breaks

Make sure to take a couple breaks throughout the day. This will allow you to refresh both your body and your mind, to take on the rest of the day with more energy. During these breaks, stretch your muscles, and grab a light protein snack to give your body more energy.

If you need to, set an alarm to remind you that it’s time for a break. I was always amazed how sitting all day can zap energy, but it does. Lack of movement slows the body down, leading to exhaustion by the end of the day.

5. Keep Fit

One way to keep energized both mentally and physically is to keep your body in good shape. Stronger muscles will support your system far easier than one that is not well conditioned. A few extra pounds, will lead to less energy and production throughout the day.

If you doubt this, carry around a 10 pound weight for a few hours one day to see the difference.

Also, drink plenty of water throughout the day. Dehydration will lead to muscle cramping, and in turn limit your abilities during the work day. It’s recommended that we drink 6-8 8oz glasses of water each day. If you aren’t already doing that, work yourself up to that amount. Trying to reach that goal all in one day will have you away from your desk more often than not.

And finally, get a decent night’s sleep at night. A rested mind and body will be more productive. You can drink as much coffee as you want, but it won’t fool your system.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jason Monroe is a freelance writer, who is writing a series of articles on back pain and ergonomics, with the help of a doctor in Columbia, Illinois Chiropractor licensed.

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