It is important to know work strategies that you can use to become more efficient in the office but none of this will matter if you are exhausted, stressed, or overworked. The first – and most important – thing that you need to do is focus on your mind. By doing so, you will increase your productivity and feel healthier and happier overall. Only then will you be able to produce your best work.

This should come as no surprise: If you want to be as productive as possible, you need to be operating at your top mental capacity. Taking the necessary time and energy to focus on your mental health is critical. The following advice will help you set yourself up for success.

Get a full night’s sleep. This does not just mean spending seven or eight hours in bed, staring to your phone or watching TV. If you want to feel refreshed and alert the next day, you need to make sure that your sleep is uninterrupted and that you have given your mind the time it needs to recover. It is also important to remember that each of us may require a different amount of sleep. Six hours may be sufficient for one person, while another may need closer to nine. Listen to your body to know what is right for you.

Actively minimize stress and anxiety. When you are constantly worried about something, it means that your mind is elsewhere and that you are not giving your full attention to the task in front of you. Beyond that, stress and anxiety can greatly impact your ability to get a full night’s sleep. Meditation and mindfulness exercises can do wonders when it comes to calming your mind. Starting each day with a mental gratitude list can also facilitate positive thinking and help you focus on your goals.

Make time for personal and physical activities. As we have mentioned multiple times throughout this productivity series, it is important that you make time to focus on yourself. You cannot expect to give 100% to your work projects if you have not invested in yourself first. A strong body goes hand in hand with a strong mind. Daily exercise can help alleviate some of the stress that we mentioned above and can even help improve your attention and concentration levels. Spending time on personal hobbies – especially creative activities – can also help improve your problem-solving skills while providing you with added inspiration that you can apply in the office.

If you want to improve your productivity levels, make sure that you are preparing your brain for the job. By getting enough sleep, minimizing stress, and making time for yourself, you can greatly improve things like attention span and problem-solving skills – all of which can increase efficiency and productivity.