Productivity directly affects your success at work. Managers, executives and business owners expect the most out of their employees. There are only so many hours in a workday, therefore being efficient and making the most out of your time is critical. There are two simple ways to increase your overall output: put in more hours or work more strategically. We’ve put together helpful tips that will boost your productivity at work, which in turn will increase your output.
1. Take regular breaks.
Although taking regular breaks may sound counterintuitive, it is proven that they can help improve your concentration and overall work ethic. Taking short breaks during long tasks will help you maintain a consistent level of work performance, whereas working on a task without taking breaks tends to lead to a steady decline in productivity and performance.
If possible, try exercising during breaks. Going for a walk or to the gym during breaks might actually help improve your overall productivity at work. Getting your blood pumping during breaks will help clear your head and keep you focused.
2. Establish self-imposed deadlines.
We usually think of a stress as a bad thing, however a reasonable amount of self-imposed stress can actually keep us focused and help us meet our goals. Established self-imposed deadlines might surprisingly keep you on task and productive.
3. Stop trying to multitask.
While we tend to believe that multitasking is an essential skill for increasing efficiency, attempting to accomplish multiple tasks at one time can actually be more harmful than helpful. Studies have found that attempting to do two or more tasks at one time can result in lost time and productivity. Instead of completing multiple tasks at once, humans end up becoming distracted and as a result, the overall quality of their work suffers. Make a habit of completing one task before you move on to the next project.
4. Silence notifications.
One of the biggest distractions for many at work is frequent notification of emails, voicemails or text messages. To avoid the constant distraction of your cellphone, turn off your notifications and instead allocate time to check your emails and messages.
5. Fuel your body.
Snacking on foods that are high in protein, fiber and antioxidants throughout the day will help keep you full and focused. While sugary foods and energy drinks will keep you going for a short time, the unavoidable crash may ruin your ability to work for the rest of the day.
6. Keep your desk clean and clutter-free.
Organization and less clutter can decrease your anxiety, in turn increasing your productivity. With less clutter, you will be able to think more clearly and spend less time searching for misplaced papers each day. Start by recycling old papers sitting around your desk to see if less clutter and distractions helps you become more productive.
In order to be the most efficient and proficient worker you possible can be, you must work more strategically. Creating a plan for the next day or on your commute to work will help you complete more tasks. Eliminate unnecessary stress and distractions, in order to boost your productivity at work