Regardless of whether you’re in school, have children in school, or are completely disconnected from this world, September is all about the ‘back to school’ vibe. There’s a sense of renewal in the air as autumn classes resume and we celebrate the last 3 weeks of summer (and its gorgeous glow).  This time of year reminds us a bit of the weeks following January 1st, in terms of our willingness to recommit to personal and professional goals after a slightly less intense few months.

Why not take advantage of this infectious get-things-done energy and amp up your productivity this month?  Check out these straightforward and highly useful ways to step up your game and make this September your best one yet.

5 Simple & 100% Effective Productivity Tips:

meditate productivity NB1/ Time-block your calendar.   Take your to-do list a step further by a) prioritizing each item and b) entering them into your calendar. By allotting a certain time slot for each commitment, you’ll naturally be more intentional with your time and increase productivity.

2/ Meditate (even just 10 minutes). Before I began meditating, I didn’t realize the positive impact it has on our ability to focus and get things done. Whether it’s first thing in the morning or during a short break in your workday, make the time and you’ll reap the benefits. A great way to get started is by using the Headspace or Calm app.

3/ Ditch the non-stop mentality. Working hard is obviously important; however, working smart (and not working yourself into the ground) is equally so. When you’re losing focus or feel discouraged, take short breaks. Go for a walk, get outside and get some fresh air. Do something that gets your mind away from the task at hand. The power of a ‘coffee pause’ is often underestimated. You’ll come back feeling refreshed and ready to get your head back in the game.

lemon water4/ Get up 15 minutes earlier. Unless you’re truly sleep-deprived: several times a week, set your alarm 15 minutes earlier than you would normally get up. This will be easier for some than others; however, the extra 15 minutes will benefit everyone. Use this time to relax and meditate, to enjoy a warm glass of lemon water (or juice or coffee) – or to get out the door a few minutes earlier for your morning workout. Adding a little extra time to your day 2-3x per week will give you a productivity-enhancing and energizing boost.

5/ Prioritize Your Workout. Perhaps the most common excuse of workaholics is that they simply don’t have enough time to work out. Sometimes this is actually the case; more often, it’s a question of not prioritizing or recognizing the importance of optimal health. We often take our wellness for granted and don’t recognize enough that exercise rewards not only our physical health, but our minds (and our ability to get sh*t done) as well. Whether you can squeeze in 20 minutes or 60, few things are more effective in improving productivity than working out. Don’t make excuses – just get it done.

* Song For This Moment: “September” by Earth, Wind and Fire.

Classic. Great vibes. Do your thing + make this September your best one yet.