As many more businesses globally cautiously re-open, I can hear a collective sigh of relief. Yet, there are still many of us under quarantine. Adapting to a forced change in your schedule is difficult for anyone. Conquering the day gets significantly harder when you're under no obligation to leave your bed or change into real clothes. This article looks at 3 techniques you can use to develop momentum during your days stuck in quarantine.
Start With Morning Exercise
While working out at any time of the day will benefit your body, morning exercise specifically will keep your mind sharp throughout the day. Exercising in the morning will give you a healthy hormone boost you can use to stay focused throughout the day. A 2019 study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine concluded that morning exercise improves attention, visual learning, and decision making.
The connection between mental sharpness and exercise is well documented. Exercise activates the hippocampus, which can explain the memory-boosting effects associated with cardiovascular fitness.
By interspersing their classes with 20-minute bouts of exercise, Dutch students improved their ability to ignore distractions, multitask, and manipulate information in their mind. And they got fitter.
Exercising is a great way to start your morning on a positive note. Not only will your health benefit, but your general feeling of accomplishment will also propel you throughout the day.
Take The Time To Journal
Journaling is an underrated technique to help you maintain mental clarity. A study from Cambridge University found that “writing about traumatic, stressful or emotional events has been found to result in improvements in both physical and psychological health.”
According to psychologist Shawn Achor, journaling about a positive experience helps you relive positive feelings and reaffirm your abilities. This is an excellent way to boost your self-confidence every day passively.
Bullet journaling is a technique you can use to organize and track your schedule, thoughts or anything you need to keep tabs on. Bullet journaling is a system based on using lists, trackers, and schedules in your journal. This is a great addition to your daily self-care routine that will give you energy in the morning while developing the habit of discipline.
Use The Pomodoro Technique
One of my favourite techniques for staying productive is the Pomodoro technique. This technique was developed in the late 1980s by productivity expert & business consultant Francesco Cirillo.
The idea behind this technique is to break up your attention into segments of time – this will help you find flow as you work.
During each Pomodoro session, nothing should distract you from your task – no email, phone, or browsing the web.
You can alter the length of the session, depending on what you have to do. 30 – 40 minutes is adequate for everyday tasks – 90 minutes+ is more appropriate for in-depth research or writing.
This is a great technique to ensure you touch multiple aspects of your business every day. With 5-6 focused sessions a day, you can accomplish a lot without making the mistake of splitting your attention by multitasking. Taking a small break in between each session helps you reset your mind before moving on to a different task.