So how productive are you at work, really?
When we have an important task to do that takes up quite a lot of time, the majority of us will move deadlines around, multitask or simply work longer hours to get the job done. Yes, these strategies may work in the short-term, but they aren’t sustainable long-term solutions. Once this becomes routine and you’re constantly trying to cram everything in, you become stressed and therefore your productivity level decreases.
If this sounds like you, our top 10 handy tips can help drive your productivity levels through the roof and essentially make you stand out from the crowd.
1. Follow a routine…
The most important thing is to have stability in your life. If you follow a daily routine, you are much more likely to get things completed as you begin to have a better structure and can do things more efficiently. Productivity is not about getting as much done as possible, it’s about devotion to your work and quality over quantity.
2. Don’t agree to everything…
In many cases employees will take on an enormous work load due to their need to please, but don’t fall for it! Too much work will stress you out, slow you down and essentially give you poor productivity. In the long run, it’s much better to say no to one thing so you don’t have to rush another.
3. Drink more water!
This one cannot be stressed enough. I know it’s obvious and you hear it all the time but it really is a necessity! When you’re dehydrated, you will have far less energy and be much less capable of your full potential. All you have to do is drink some H20… it’s that simple!
4. Get things done right…
A lot of the time, people will make mistakes within their work as they get very easily distracted. Now, if you take the time to review it carefully and get yourself in the mindset of doing whatever it takes to make it flawless first time, you’ll have no problem. Not to mention it will save you hours of trying to set it right!
5. Take action!
Stop waiting for perfect conditions to launch a great project. Immediate action fuels a positive feedback loop that drives even more activity.
6. Take a break now and again…
Work in 90 minute blocks with 10 minute intervals to recover and refuel. Also, if you’re sitting at an office desk all day, within those 10 minutes you need to get up and walk around. Otherwise, blood doesn’t circulate well enough and therefore lessen how functional your brain is.
7. Deal with procrastination…
You may tend to look at all of the extrinsic factors of why you couldn’t get something done and blame everything around you. You have to get out of your own way, stop making excuses and do it. Otherwise you avoid something for long enough and a 5 minute task turns into a 5 hour task… you need to put results before comfort.
8. Identify and diminish your time thieves…
These are the activities or situations which throw you off course, the ones that distract or disrupt you, or even your bad habits that keep you from performing to the best of your ability. The key to excellent time management is knowing what works best for you. So experiment and try out new techniques… once you feel the benefit, it will most likely give you the momentum to change other things that you notice aren’t working for you.
9. Put your work first…
While it is important to take breaks, these breaks should be used to clear your mind and recharge. Filling your brain up with useless information during the breaks will essentially impact on how you work afterwards. Also, in a work environment, senior employees will oftentimes push some of their menial tasks onto the newer employees. If you fall into that category, you need to know that their work is not your work, so if you have tasks that need to be done, you need to do it first.
10. Be happy, optimistic and take pride in what you do!
I know, how cliché. Nevertheless, it’s true. If you hold a negative outlook on life, you’re going to be way less motivated to get things done. If you’re feeling positive, you’ll find it’s much easier to power through your work, the tasks will feel less daunting and pass by ultra quickly. Being happy and optimistic are the keys to productivity and having a nicer work environment.
All in all, if you can heed these 10 tips and apply them to how you work, I assure you will notice a massive difference in your work ethic, load and your productivity levels.
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