For professionals, it’s easy to get lost in the mundane routine of a 9-5 job. For entrepreneurs, a 40+ hour work week can easily become overwhelming when productivity seems to be departed. No matter how stressful your career may be or how jam-packed your work schedule is on a weekly basis, you can minimize the fear of not finishing tasks and become more productive with a few simple tricks.

Eat Breakfast

Give your brain the power it needs to function at its highest ability throughout your day. It’s not a joke when they say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Breakfast tells your body that there are plenty of calories to burn, meaning your brain knows you have energy to use. Without breakfast, your body is looking for a source of energy that you didn’t give it, and that’s where tiredness and sluggishness come from. Breakfast jumpstarts your brain and metabolism to allow you to be more productive in what you’re doing.

Build Healthy Relationships

When you walk into your office, greet those around you. Say things like “Good morning” and “How are you?” to not only boost the mood of your co-workers, but also boost your own mood. Making a personable, relatable moment in the office will give you a sense of confidence and belonging. While you still want to maintain a professional persona in your career, you also want to remember that we’re all human beings, and build those healthy relationships in your office.

Track Your Time

Although it may seem counter productive to put the pressure of the clock in front of you, tracking your time on daily tasks is a great way to become more productive. By tracking what you’re doing and how long it takes you to accomplish that, you’re learning what areas you can improve upon. If something is taking you too long to complete, give yourself a set time to stop working and then go back to it later when you have an extra moment. This will make you more aware of what you are doing well, and what you can do better.

Be Proactive with Problems

There is a major difference between a proactive person and a reactive person. You waste time during your day if you only react to problems instead of proactively attempting to solve them then and there. When something sets you back, have a proactive approach and difficult situations will be resolved in a much more timely manner.

Give Yourself a Break, Literally

Don’t forget to take time to give yourself a break. Pause for 30 sections when something frustrates you and remind yourself to breathe. Take your lunch break, and don’t focus on anything work related during that time. Breaks are moments that allow you to refresh and restart. Without taking breaks, it’s all too easy to burn out.

If you want to be a more productive person in your career, follow these simple tricks and you’ll notice a big difference in your daily routine!