Working in a busy city like London can be physically draining and putting in extra hours might seem like the only thing to do, but working smarter instead of harder could be a better use of your time.
1. Take Naps
At Google, those employees that put in additional hours can enjoy a nap in one of their high-tech sleep pods to help recharge. There has been research that shows taking naps can lead to an improvement in cognitive function, creative thinking and memory performance.
2. Spend Some Time Outdoors
Spending any time away from your desk can help to focus your mind once you get back to it. Research found that students were more motivated to learn when they surrounded themselves with nature rather than being stuck in a classroom environment.
3. Check Your Email First Thing
A recent report shows that more than a quarter of the average worker’s day is spent replying to emails. If you only check your inbox in the morning and once again after lunch you will improve your daily productivity.
4. Have More Breaks
On average, our brains can only focus for 90 minutes and will need a 20-minute rest after that in order to remain productive. Taking breaks, similar to a nap, can help refresh the mind and reset our attention spans. Working in small bursts can help efficiency.
5. Work In Blocks
Create a to-do list for each block of the day and work in different locations throughout each block. Once the tasks are completed during one block, you should move onto the next block but make sure you have a clear finishing point on your task list rather than finishing at a specific time.