THE “afternoon slump” is a thing of the past – but that’s not all good news, as the productivity dip is actually happening much earlier.
A survey of 2,000 adults found that most reported a drop in their level of work at 11 a.m., with just nine percent feeling least productive at 3 p.m.
Nearly half of those who feel unproductive lose an hour or more a day due to low energy levels — that’s more than six workweeks lost each year to sluggishness.
And with 46 per cent struggling with productivity during working hours, it could cost businesses £3,500 per year per employee.
For an average sized SME, this adds up to almost £438,000 per year.
Low energy levels are cited as the top cause of unproductivity, with two-thirds struggling to get through the day.
But many are at a loss as to how to improve their energy levels, with only a quarter aware of the positive effects diet can have, even though food is a primary source of energy.
TV star and fitness fanatic Mark Wright, spokesman for California Almonds, which commissioned the study, said: “Between working out, work and spending time with family, my days are always so busy I need to make sure I’m as productive as I can possible to accommodate it all.
“A productive morning is essential for me to get everything done, so choosing the right fuel at breakfast is vital and sets me up for the day.”
The study also found that 43 percent struggle with productivity in the morning, but two-thirds don’t think eating a balanced breakfast first thing in the day gets them going.
And six out of ten never choose foods for energy.
Almost two-thirds (60 percent) opt for quick boosters such as toast and coffee, which provide a short-term energy boost but can also contribute to the 11 a.m. slump.
With one in five Brits being particularly productive at 10am, prioritizing slow-release, high-energy foods like whole grains or nuts like almonds can improve productivity.
Mark Wright added, “I like to choose almonds to fuel my day as they contain protein, fiber and healthy fats, all of which provide slow-release energy.
“The great thing is that a handful (30g) can help you stay strong. Even when I’m out of the house, they’re perfect for a snack on the go.”
MARK WRIGHT’S TIPS FOR A PRODUCTIVE DAY:
1. Plan like a pro: Knowing you have a long list of things to do can be daunting and make it difficult to motivate yourself to get things done.
Planning can give you extra time and energy to focus on your day and use it wisely.
2. Boost your breakfast: We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and crucial for energy levels, but one in ten of us doesn’t eat breakfast.
Choosing foods that provide slow-release energy, like almonds and oats, can set you up for the day, and research shows that eating almonds in the morning can help you feel fuller for longer.
3. Exercise for Energy: Exercise can both boost your energy and get you outside in the sun, which 43 percent of us say has a positive impact on energy levels.
Finding something you love, whether it’s biking, swimming, or tennis, can be a great motivator to give you that “get up and go” attitude that will help you tick off your to-dos. Personally, I love starting the day with a run or fitness workout.
4. The Beauty of Balance: There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a slice of cake, a cheeky pint or a takeout, but don’t overdo it as it can make you feel sluggish.
You don’t have to be perfect, but you have to provide your body with enough of what it needs.
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