How Exercise Can Boost Productivity

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It is no secret that exercise can vastly improve your health. However, lesser known is that exercise can increase your overall productivity. The increased energy and focus that physical exercise brings also transfers over to the workplace. More and more, companies are jumping on board with exercise breaks during work hours. Studies have shown that just 30-60 minutes of exercise during a lunch break resulted in an average performance boost of 15 percent. While it is becoming increasingly common for managers to incorporate physical health elements into the office, such as standing desks, yoga ball seats, and healthy snack options, it takes a unique, forward-thinking mindset to allow your employees time during the workday to workout.

Few will contest that the benefits of exercise are vast and detailed. When it comes to the directly work-related benefits of exercise, the list is still considerable. While the physical aspect of exercise is often the focus, consider the following cognitive benefits of incorporating regular exercise into your routine:

  • Improved concentration
  • Sharper memory
  • Faster learning
  • Prolonged mental stamina
  • Enhanced creativity
  • Lower stress

Without doubt, these cognitive benefits are attributes you desire among all of your employees. By making small changes, such as attending a yoga class at lunch or a Pilates class before the workday starts, you can avoid the two o’clock slump and keep office morale up all through the work week.

While being able to exercise during the workday may sound like a far-fetched dream, it doesn’t have to be. Many office spaces are offering gyms and group classes to employees, even individual companies are starting to offer in-house classes to their employees. If you work at a small company that is still growing and doesn’t have these resources yet, there is always the old fashioned, and free, option of taking a walk during lunch, walking to or from the office, or standing at your desk instead of sitting all day. Even a simple 15-20 minute workout a few times a week will have its benefits and will be easy to stick to.

The personal benefits of exercise are the main motivating factor for many, however, as a manager or company owner, you want to see your employees at their top-performance for business reasons as well. When you encourage exercise and a healthy lifestyle, not only will your employee productivity rise, but the general health of the office will rise as well. This rise in health conscious behavior can lead to lowered insurance costs as well as fewer sick days taken. Studies show that incorporating just 2.5 hours of exercise per week into the workday led to a noticeable reduction in absences.

Here at Endeavor, we believe that the health of the employees directly correlates to the productivity and success of the company. Which is why we will bring back our weekly 9am Strength and Conditioning class lead by a certified trainer once we get a break from the Florida heat! We are here to help your business every step of the way, and that includes keeping you and your employees happy and healthy. For more information on any of the services Endeavor Innovative Workspaces offer, give us a call at 239-785-3399 or swing by for a tour.

Make Your Office Space More Productive

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A major key to being productive during your work day is the space that you work in. If you work from home surrounded by clutter, children, and noise, you may find that your productivity lags. Even in a professional office space multiple factors can combine to create a less than ideal work area. Factors such as lighting, noise, distractions, ergonomics, and even color can drastically impact the quality, and quantity of your work. Whether or not you have control of all of these aspects of your office, there are small changes you can make to improve the quality of your work both in and out of the office.

A major factor in your work productivity is the physical space that you work in. Working from home often leads to clutter and distractions. If working from home is your only option, set up a designated workspace that serves no other purpose other than your professional needs. Clear the clutter, organize, and if possible shut the door. Use natural light when possible, and block out extraneous noise with noise-canceling headphones or a white noise machine. These small but impactful changes will likely increase your productivity and decrease the stress of working from home.

If you are a professional who works at a corporate office or a shared-office space such as Endeavor, there are additional ways to increase productivity. Just like you want to clear clutter and distractions at home, the same is necessary at the office, even if all you do is work there. File away documents (both paper and digital) to clear your desk and your mind. Office spaces are notorious for being bland, so bring in your own pops of color. Studies have shown that blue increases productivity and orange increases creativity. Whatever color inspires you, surround yourself with it at work.

Ergonomics also play a major role in decreased efficiency at the workplace. Some general office ergonomics tips include:

  • Keeping the weight of your arms supported and your feet on the floor throughout the day.
  • Sitting up straight and using lumbar support.
  • Positioning your computer monitor at eye level directly in front of you, about an arms length away.
  • Control screen glare by not placing your monitor in front of a window or bright background.
  • Give your eyes a rest from the harsh lighting on your monitor by periodically focusing on an object about 20 feet away.

If you bounce back and forth between office space and working from home, these tips can help make the transition smoother:

  • Keep a notepad handy to jot down ideas. There’s nothing worse than losing an idea while you’re working on something else. By keeping a notepad (either paper or digital) designated for work ideas, you can keep them all in one place for easy reference once you have the time to address them.
  • Keep snacks and water on hand. Staying hydrated at home is much easier than the office. While some office spaces like Endeavor provide kitchen areas, make sure that you are bringing enough water to get you through the day. Keeping healthy, energizing snacks at your desk can also help alleviate any mid-day hunger pangs.
  • At the beginning of the day, jot down your daily goals. Keep these achievable and short term and make a genuine effort to achieve them by the end of the day. Knowing that you checked off your daily goal can give you an increased sense of accomplishment at the end of the day when you finish your work.

Here at Endeavor, we strive to make your workspace the most productive area for your business to work. We provide all of the office equipment and space that you need to be your most efficient and help your business thrive. Small changes can make a huge difference in your work environment and make your space work for you.

How Successful People Start Their Day

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It comes as no surprise that highly successful people have their morning routines down to a tee. From Donald Trump’s 4 hour sleep habit to Steve Jobs giving himself a motivational speech every morning, successful people know what works for them and stick to it. If you’re in a morning rut, here’s a few ideas to help boost your productivity and help the rest of your day run smoothly.

  1. Prep the night before

If you know that you wake up groggy or tend to be tight on time in the mornings, get a head start by prepping before you go to bed. You can choose your clothing and have it laid out to eliminate one choice in the busy morning. You can also plan and prep your meals the night before, as well as setting up a general game plan for the next day. To make sure that you’re not up into the wee hours of the morning, set an alarm to go to bed as well as an alarm to wake up. Once your alarm is set, put down the phone. The blue light emitted from electronics can disrupt your sleep cycle making it harder to fall and stay asleep. Also make sure to disable notifications at night if you sleep with your phone nearby to ensure that you get the best quality sleep to prepare you for the next day.

  1. Get an early start

If you strive to be among some of the most successful people in the world, a piece of the puzzle may be getting up earlier in the mornings. While there’s no need for a sudden 4:30 a.m. alarm clock, gradually waking up earlier can improve your productivity and make it feel like you have more time to get everything accomplished with less stress.

  1. Get moving

A tried and true habit of many successful people incorporates physical activity of some kind in the mornings. Whether its getting up and walking the dog, or hitting the treadmill for an hour like Bill Gates does, exercising in the mornings has a proven positive impact on the rest of your day. If you dread exercising, it’s already out the way before your day really starts, and if you crave exercise time, the mornings is a sure-fire way to fit it in and become part of your routine.

  1. Eat a balanced breakfast

For many professionals, breakfast consists of whatever is easiest to grab on the way out the door, or nothing at all. You’ve heard time and time again that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and that’s because it’s true. Carving out time to eat breakfast not only improves your health, but will also increase your productivity and focus at work. So next time you pour your morning cup of coffee, scramble up some eggs or toast a bagel to go along with it.

  1. Make a list, check it twice

The epitome of getting things done is the to-do list. However, there is an updated version of the classic to-do list that you should be incorporating into your mornings. At night, write down the top things that you need to accomplish the following day. This will not only help with remembering small tasks from the day before, but also with clearing your mind before bed. In the morning when you start work, tackle the biggest thing first. By checking off the biggest or least desirable task first thing in the morning, the rest of your day will be free from the looming to-do list task that you are avoiding. This will also ensure that if something comes up during your workday that you do not have to push something else back or have to unexpectedly to work late.

By incorporating a few or all of these tips into your morning routine will ensure that you are being the most productive professional that you can be, and that your business will grow as you do. Here at Endeavor Innovative Workspaces, we want to help you achieve your goals. From coffee pots in the kitchen to available 24/7 access, we strive to help you be the best you can be. Give us a call or shoot us an email for more information on how Endeavor Innovative Workspaces can work for you.