We often think of productivity as something that depends solely on our own willpower – how hard we work, how well we focus, and so on. However, the reality is that our productivity is also affected by many factors outside of our control, including our sleep and exercise habits.
Recent studies have shown that both sleep and exercise can have a significant impact on our productivity levels.
One study found that people who slept more than seven hours a night were significantly more productive than those who slept less than seven hours.
Another study found that people who exercised regularly were also more productive than those who didn’t exercise. This is likely because exercise helps to improve our focus and concentration.
To close the circle, it's even the case that your work habits affect your sleep! Working late into the night stops your body from winding down naturally, and chronic stress is a major health risk factor.
So, if you’re looking to boost your productivity and stay healthy, make sure you’re getting enough sleep and exercise, and have good work habits. Everything is connected, and small changes in our habits can lead to big improvements in our productivity.