How to Stay Productive After Daylight Savings TimeNovember, 7 2012
On November 4, most residents of the U.S., Canada, some countries in Europe, Africa, and South America, turned their clocks back to mark the end of Daylight Savings Time. While many of us enjoy the extra hour of sleep, when the clock is pushed back one hour, it can affect more than your internal clock.
A study in the Journal of Applied Psychology conducted an experiment where they found the less people slept, the more likely they were to “cyber-loaf” or browse the Internet in a way that’s not related to work.
She goes on to say some people respond to the short days with a desire to put on pajamas and go back to bed, however work isn’t going to wait. Carson Tate, managing partner of Working Simply, suggests viewing the loss of daylight through a different lens.
Reevaluate Your To-Do List
Take a look at your to-do list and see if there are any tasks or projects that have been on the list for months. Do they still align with your goals? If not, stop doing them. Tate says to realistically examine your work and make intentional decisions to delete and stop.
One Step at a Time
Focus on the immediate next steps for your projects. Tate says, “Take one action step on that project that feels overwhelming. Action begets more action.”
Take a Break
Tate suggests you carve out 10 minutes a day to rest and reflect. Nature rests to prepare itself for summer and spring, so embrace the longer nights and restore yourself for the spring and summer.
Keep it Simple
You only need one to-do list. Some of us have the habit of making multiple lists, but with the holidays coming up, our plates are full. Tate says by maintaining one and only one master task list, you have a comprehensive view of everything that requires your attention and action. It helps you maintain your sanity and prioritize tasks.
You are in control of your productivity level, so if you’re struggling after setting your clock back, use these tips to help get yourself back on track.
What helps your productivity level after Daylight Savings Time?