10 Tips for Increasing Your Productivity at Work
February 27 2018, 0 Comments
How productive we are at work has a big impact on our results and success. We can all benefit from finding ways to work more productively.
Extra coffee and long to-do lists aren’t going to help, but these 10 tips will.
1. Take time for yourself in the morning
How do you kick-start your day? Many of us are straight on our phones in the morning, checking emails, our calendar and any other notifications that have popped up overnight. However, starting work before work isn’t actually very productive.
A better way to get motivated in the morning and to set yourself up for a productive day ahead is to take time for yourself. This includes having a good breakfast and taking some leisure time e.g. reading the news or going for a run.
2. Be more active
Talking of going for a run, exercise is a great way to relieve stress and increase energy. While going to the gym at 6am isn’t for everyone, doing some form of activity in the morning will give you an energy boost for the day. This could be something as simple as walking part of the way to work.
3. Get the tasks you dread out of the way
We all have certain tasks that crop up that we just don’t want to do. Many of us fall into the trap of putting these tasks off and even allowing them to weigh on our minds for days.
What we should be doing is tackling these at the very start of the day when our brains are fresh. Once the task is out of the way you’ll feel a lot better and it won’t be able to affect your productivity for the rest of the day.
4. Have breaks
If you’re super busy at work the temptation is often to skip your breaks and power through. However, this is actually damaging your productivity.
Our brains need breaks to recharge. If you can take a short walk, go and get an energy-boosting snack, or even squeeze in a workout during your day, then you will feel a lot better for it.
5. Quit multitasking
If you juggle a few tasks at once they’ll get done quicker, right? Wrong! Your brain can only truly focus on one thing at a time, so this is how you should work.
FUN FACT: Changing tasks regularly is not only damaging to your productivity but also your IQ!
6. Stop checking your emails
Your emails are killing your productivity. While we all need to check them, being consistently distracted and pulled away from other tasks by incoming emails is not helpful.
Decide how many times a day you realistically need to check your emails (this will vary depending on the type of role you do). Then set yourself key times when you will review your inbox and close your emails down for the rest of the day.
7. Watch your diet
What we eat and drink has a huge impact on our energy levels, focus and productivity. Try to drink plenty of water throughout the day and eat superpower snacks.
8. De-clutter your work space
Mess = stress. Plus, if you have to search through stacks of paper to find what you’re looking for that’s not a great way to be using your time. Try to keep your workspace tidy and clutter-free so that you can simply focus on your work.
9. Learn how to say no
Many of us like to please and help others where we can, however, sometimes it’s necessary to say no in order to save your own productivity. Learning how to say no from time to time will help to ensure that you don’t take on too much work and overload yourself.
If you want to boost your productivity levels, then you need to commit to it. If you can continuously implement the steps above then you’ll soon start to reap the rewards.
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