4 productivity hacks you haven’t tried yet

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Now that we’re all working from home everyday, it can be hard to get in the groove. When it feels like you’ve tried every trick in the book to help focus and relieve anxiety, we have a few more. We enlisted the help of Darby Jackson, a certified holistic health coach, to reveal her favorite productivity hacks that you haven’t tried yet.

Binaural beats

BB’s are songs (tones in each ear) that help generate desired states of consciousness. Think of it like a song that’s “tuning” your brain to the frequency you want it to be at depending on what you want to accomplish (better focus, creativity, relaxation, sleep).

There are five states you can aim for depending on what you need: Lower frequency waves like delta and theta boost relaxation and improve sleep. Higher frequencies boost you into gamma which is associated with improved memory, problem solving and increased alertness. Alpha is a mid-range frequency, also known as the flow state.

Test this out yourself for increased productivity, deeper sleep or to help ease anxiety: Darby created this Spotify playlist that has a variety of songs, each named after what they will help you accomplish. You can also search binaural beats on YouTube, like this one. Many songs just sound like rain or beautiful spa music! Listen for at least 20 minutes with headphones (doesn’t work if you’re just listening on a speaker) and notice how you feel!

Tapping

Also known as the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is similar to acupuncture in that you lightly tap certain points on your face and chest to relieve tension and stress. 

EFT is an incredible technique to help release stress and anxiety. By tapping on meridians in the body you release stagnant energy, clear up limiting beliefs and clear blockages. This tapping solution can also help lower cortisol, our stress hormone. 

For a video on how to begin tapping, click here.

Journaling prompts

Darby loves journaling as a way to help get clear on how she’d like to feel and the emotions she needs to release. Below are two journaling prompts that will do just that!

  1. Write down everything that is causing stress and anxiety in your life. Fill an entire page and try to really feel those emotions. Then, rip that page out, rip up what you wrote, and flush it down the toilet. The intention here is to communicate to your body that you are letting go of these feelings. That they are no longer serving you. Repeat once per day, once per week, or whenever you feel like you need a good clearing.
  2. Write down all of your goals for the next 6 months as though they've already happened. For example, "my body feels light and energized," "my career is taking off and I feel incredibly fulfilled by my work," or “my sugar cravings have gone away completely and I now crave healthier, more healing foods.” Try to do this every day for a week and notice the shift as you communicate to your brain that accomplishing these goals is possible

The Pomodoro Technique

This is a productivity hack that breaks your day into 25 minute chunks separated by 5 minute breaks. Then after 4-5 Pomodoro’s, you take a longer 15-20 minute break. The idea here is to help you accomplish more by actually working less! By breaking your time up into chunks, you instill a sense of urgency in what you’re accomplishing rather than feeling like you have endless time in the workday to get things done. Plus, the forced breaks help us squash burnout that we normally feel by the end of the day. 

Love these tips? Check Darby out on Instagram for more helpful content on the regular. 

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