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Advice on improving your productivity, by Prachi Ganwani for idiva. 

Anyone who says that they've never felt stuck is lying. You may love what you do, and feel passionately about your work, but the truth is, everyone has days, if not weeks or months, when they feel like they're in a rut. Sometimes, this feeling goes beyond a temporary attack of boredom, or a passing creative block. It affects your productivity over time. When this happens, most of us take a vacation or let it pass. We never think that perhaps changing our diet, or something similar - a change - can increase productivity. Well, according to psychologist Mark Banschick, it can, and so can these other things.

1. Change your diet... You are what you eat.
Different foods are metabolised differently, and contribute to our energy reservoir in varied ways. Some foods give an immediate bout of energy, which depletes quickly. Some keep us going for longer. Some have important nutrients which benefit our overall health. Coffee, sugar, alcohol, red meat and other such foods fit in the first category. A balance of the second and the third can greatly impact one's productivity. A healthy body and a strong immune system makes one more resilient.

2. Sleep it off!
Psychologists and life coaches sometimes suggest that if you have a creative block, let your project be the last thing you think of before you go to bed. That's because even as our bodies get their daily quota of rest, our brains continue working. It is not uncommon to hear stories of writers, researchers and other professionals who woke up with an idea. Plus, it is common knowledge that if you're not well-rested, your brain will not function to its full potential. A tired, foggy brain can't be productive!

3. Don't multitask
We have come to confuse multitasking for productivity. But the truth is, the more you take up, the less you focus on each task, and you actually end up taking longer to finish everything. Focus on one thing at a time! Not only will you finish quickly, you will also do a better job, and will be less likely to have to go back to it for revisions.

4. Learn to say, "no"
Quality over quantity, remember? Burnout happens when there's cognitive overload, or physical exhaustion, or both. Follow the 80:20 rule as much as possible. Take up 80% of what you think you can, and leave the 20% for unpredictable events, rest and recuperation, and traffic jams!

5. Have a routine
If there's one thing successful people have in common, it is that they all have an established routine. Whether it's an actor, a writer or an entrepreneur, their days are predictable, and time is well-managed. Predictability is important for productivity, because it helps you use your physical and mental resources wisely. Learn from the experts!