Guest Author Cyci Cade

10 Tips to improve productivity

CC Do you believe you are a productive person? Do you think you can be more productive in your work and personal life?
Productivity is the rate at which goods are produced or work is completed. Sometimes it seems a hard task due to interruptions and unforeseen extra work. Are you satisfied with your productivity at the end of the day or do you have the feeling that you should have done more? Do you work extra hours to accomplish your tasks?
Here are ten tips that will help you improve your productivity and have more time to enjoy your life.
1- Have a balanced life
You need time to work, sleep, eat, be with your family, do exercise, and relax. If it doesn´t happen, you have an unbalanced life and sooner or later you´ll notice the effects. Stress is a common problem that affects a great part of the population.
2- Have your meals (eat every 3 or 4 hours)
Glucose is one of the final products of digestion and the fuel of the brain. Without energy, the brain will work inefficiently. It´ll be more difficult to execute even the easiest tasks. The brain is the organ that needs more energy.
3- Keep a schedule
Some people believe that they will be more productive if they work extra hours. It is a myth.
Are you a multitask person? Well, multitasking makes you less productive because when you are focused on many things you don´t accomplish them perfectly. Keep your focus on what you are good and delegate the other tasks.
4- Create a to do list
Think of what you have to do and create a list, then, observe what are less important and eliminate these items from your list. Start to work on the most important item. Remember, in the morning, our ability to recall exact details, like names, places, dates… is bigger, it´s working the declarative memory. In the afternoon, predominates the semantic memory and we have more ability for tasks like to integrate new information with what we already know.
5- Relax
Anxiety drives you to imperfection. Don´t become an obsessive person. Keeping an organized agenda will help you to accomplish your work on time without stress.
6- Keep your desk organized and clean
It will help you think clearly, find things easily, and relax. Messy spaces give the impression that there are a lot to do and it isn´t necessarily true.
7- Limit the access to yourself
How many people have access to you? Do you use to talk with all of them? Do you answer all the calls? These interruptions slow you down. Every time you stop your work, you waste many minutes to restart it.
8- Take an hour or two to answer messages and make calls
Have a schedule to make calls and answer e-mails or messages that come from social media. Save an hour or two to do it, so you won´t be interrupted every time.
9- Avoid distractions
Unless you depend on social media and messengers to do your work, keep them turned off while you are executing a project. The brain takes twenty-five minutes to restart a work.
10- Sleep well

Don´t try to convince your body that you can sleep just a few hours and keep a rushed rhythm because it is a myth that will make you less productive. The amount of sleep needed can vary but it is around seven to ten hours per night. A tired brain is a slow brain.

DQKINDLEIf you think that you can improve your productivity, try to follow these tips. Make the changes and adaptations you think that will be necessary to adjust your lifestyle. Soon you will see the results.

Cyci Cade is writer, blogger, and designer. She is the author of Dragon´s Quest as well short stories as Son of Egypt, Perhaps Love, and The Princes. Find out more at www.cycicadebooks.com

Read the interview with Cyci Cade here.

Interview with Cyci Cade author of Dragon’s Quest

CCCyci Cade author of Dragon’s Quest

Where do you currently reside, and why did you choose this place? I was born in Brazil and I live in a mid-sized city, Piracicaba. It´s a good place to live. I have all I need here as a good gym, cinema, shopping mall, great schools, friends…

What inspired you to begin writing? After reading uncountable books I thought, I want to do that! Dan Brown and Philip Pullman´s books inspired me, transported me to a new world full of action, adventure and magic. I wanted to do that to other people, take them out of the real world into fantastic place that I would create.

Tell us about Dragon’s Quest in 20 words or less. Dragon´s Quest is a fantasy novel. Two princes must break their curse to restore the Dragon´s Dynasty and their family.

What has been the most exciting part of being a published author? It´s a dream coming true. I´m a Brazilian author, I live in Brazil, therefore it´s difficult to publish a book in another country and I had this opportunity. I´m very happy.

What do you do to prepare for a writing session? I don´t have a special ritual. I have a routine of exercises and meditation that helps me physically and mentally. I also read books and watch movies and series related to my work to improve my creativity and give me ideas.

Does writing get easier with each project? Yes, it does. As any other activity, you can improve your writing with practice. The more you write, the easier it becomes.

What has been the worst part of being a published author? Contracts have rules and you must obey them. You can´t do what you want. That is why it is important to study a contract before signing it.

What books have influenced your writing? Many books have influenced my writing. The most important books are: Deception Point and Digital Fortress by Dan Brown. Northern Light, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman. Divergent Series by Veronica Roth. Wereworld Series by Curtis Jobling. Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer.

Is there an Author (past or present) that you would really like to meet? Dan Brown.

If you could talk to your former self, what advice would you give her? Don´t be so anxious! Be patient, everything will happen at the right time.

What has been the harshest critique you have ever received concerning your writing? Many years ago a reader wrote a strange review of another book. She mentioned some parts of the books and ranked them; her comments made no sense. I didn´t understand a world and I started to check if there was something wrong with the text, but everything was right. It infuriated me.

As a writer, it is considered unprofessional and inappropriate to give a retort to a critic or criticism. Were it “politically correct” to address your critics personally, what would be the one thing you would say to them? It would depend on the critic, but it would be something like, Can you do it better?

Are you currently working on any other projects? I am editing Dragon Princes #2, Dragon´s Memories, and finishing another book, The Pharaoh.

What is the last thing you read? Did you like it, hate it? The last book I read was Queen of Chaos by Kat Ross. I liked the book very much; the series The Fourth Element is amazing.

What was the last movie you watched? Did you like it, hate it? The last movie I watched was Assassin´s Creed. It was a good movie, but I expected more action. The movie didn´t meet my expectations.

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