Imagine sighing contentedly at the end of each workday, knowing that you had been so productive that you had completed everything on your to-do list. And knowing that you were at the top of your game in terms of creativity, performing your tasks promptly and efficiently. Do you have a habit of whistling on your way out of the office?
Instead of the alternate version where you end the day fatigued and slumped behind a desk packed with unfinished projects, you can be the star of this productivity movie. There is a way to change the way your typical workday goes if you don’t like it.
Most of us aren’t as productive as we’d like to be for two reasons: we have bad habits that hinder our productivity at work, and we’re reactive rather than proactive, putting out fires rather than making progress toward our objectives.
The remedy is simple, but not necessarily straightforward. We may replace our negative habits and reactive patterns with proactive habits that give us more control over our days at work. Follow these tips to boost your workplace efficiency and become your best, most productive self.
When you’re at your best, do the heavy lifting
There’s a lot of advice out there telling people not to perform mental sludge things like reading email or completing mundane chores first thing in the morning, but to start with the most artistically demanding work—which is wonderful if you’re a morning person.
Stop juggling many tasks
It’s a huge time-waster. The brain barriers that develop when people switch tasks, according to research, can reduce productivity by up to 40%.
Rather than striving to complete everything at once, concentrate on one task at a time. Instead, focus solely on one thing at a time to significantly increase your productivity. Consider how important it is to keep all of your little grey cells as your eyes and hands begin to shift away from one item and toward another.
Make a To-Do List Every Night
To-do lists are incredibly effective time management tools. They assist you in staying organized, focusing, and providing a sense of success when you mark items off your to-do list. If you make (or update) a to-do list each night, you won’t waste time looking for your task at the start of the workday. You might even have a discussion about your list with someone. Various such apps and software are present across the internet.
You will have more time to focus on your work if you delegate appropriately. The idea is to assign the proper assignment to the right person—someone you know has the necessary talents and whom you can trust to do the task—and then leave them to it. It takes some getting used to, but once you do, you’ll be astonished at how productive you can be.
Distractions should be avoided at all costs
Shut down their noise and shoo them away if you want to be productive. If you need to focus completely, turn off your email and phone notifications. Are you addicted to Facebook or Twitter? As a carrot, use social media. Allow yourself a certain amount of time to browse after completing a significant activity.
Exercise can be used to break up work periods
Physical activity has been demonstrated to improve brain function in studies. While you may expect (correctly) that increased brainpower will result in higher focus, creativity, and learning speed, you may not understand that exercise also improves your brain’s affective functions, making it easier to get along with others.
Last but not least, remember to look after yourself
Getting enough sleep and incorporating exercise into your daily routine are just two of the things you must do daily to perform at your best and most productive.
The rest is presumably self-evident:
- Maintain a balanced diet.
- Make sure you get plenty of water.
- Get rid of your unhealthy habits, such as smoking or associating with toxic people.
Also, be kind to yourself as well as others. Take some time to rest and renew yourself by doing whatever (healthy) activity you enjoy.
You will be more productive if you are healthier. And the more productive your employment is, the more free time you’ll have to do whatever you want.