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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • How to be more productive

  • It’s that time of year—too much to do and not enough time to do it in. There are decorations to put up, presents to buy, parties to attend and possibly host, and on top of that there is always the normal day to day that needs to get done. So here is a short list of strategies to help not only during the holiday season but also throughout the year.
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  • It’s that time of year—too much to do and not enough time to do it in. There are decorations to put up, presents to buy, parties to attend and possibly host, and on top of that there is always the normal day to day that needs to get done. So here is a short list of strategies to help not only during the holiday season but also throughout the year.
    1. Make a routine of the things that need to be done. If you go to the gym at a certain time each day, then it will become routine and you will not have to think about it anymore.
    2. Make a daily to-do list and make sure it is a realistic to-do list.  Instead of running a marathon in a day, start with a mile jog. Do a load of laundry all the way through. The small tasks will ultimately add up to big accomplishments.
    3. Make a to-don’t list. Bad habits can get in the way of you being productive. Stop getting on Facebook every other minute updating your status and do something productive instead.
    4. Take a midday workout break. Studies have shown taking a break to work out will increase you productivity not only at work but also at home.
    5. Stay healthy. None of us have time to be sick, so work at staying healthy. Make sure you are washing your hands, getting enough sleep and eating healthy.
    6. Keep a pen and pad handy, or your phone, to write down any of those important thoughts that hit you at the least in opportune times.
    7. Slow down, take time to reflect and recharge in all the hustle and bustle around you.
    8. Set reminders.  Place bills that need to be paid on the fridge so you can see them. Keep gym clothes ready in the bag and by the door on your way out.
    9. Eat healthy. Make sure that you are staying healthy by eating right, and make your food work for you.
    10. Take a break.  Make time for yourself so you can balance your day and your priorities.
    Candace Davidson is the wellness director for the McPherson Family YMCA. She has a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology and is an AFAA certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor.

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