Well, by golly, let’s change that now.
The factor I’m talking about is energy and your physical sense of well-being.
And pumpkins, there’s not much in this world that will impact your productivity more than your physical energy and innate sense of comfort in your own skin.
So it stands to reason this is something we really oughtta be talking about, doesn’t it?
Let’s rectify that situation pronto-like, shall we?
So here’s what I know . . .
The simple act of breathing correctly will give you more energy.
Right this second, thankyouverymuch.
Try it right now.
Go on, I see you over there on the couch, sitting on your ass like I’m not gonna notice! GET. THE. EFF. UP. (Of course, this applies only if your legs will bear your weight — and if they won’t, then sit up straighter.)
Reach for the sky, pilgrim.
Just like the pretty blonde in the picture up there.
Bring your arms over your head. You can interlace your fingers the way she’s doing, or not (interlacing and turning palms out does seem to give me a better stretch but your mileage may vary).
At the same time, breathe in deeply into your solar plexus, feeling your lungs expand and push your ribs out evenly.
Then exhale, and bring your arms down.
Do that again.
And again. Three times total.
Now, check in with your body. I’m willing to bet you feel just a bit more energetic, a bit more clear-headed, a bit more focused.
One of the biggest problems with productivity for solo workers is physical exhaustion. Believe it or not, it’s very easy for us to get seduced by the innate sedentary nature of computer work, especially, and think “well, I don’t need a break. I mean, I’m not doing anything!”
Au contraire, mes amis.
As a friend of mine noted on Facebook the other day, “If I treated a full-time employee the way I treat myself, I’d be in serious legal trouble. One break every nine hours?!”
You DO need a break. A regular one. Optimally, one every hour.
Go ahead and drink the coffee, but also do this stretch-and-breathe move three times.
Tell me how you feel afterwards in the comments!