While many of us have to work five days a week, it isn’t a natural thing for the human body to do. We’re not designed to sit down and concentrate for hours at a time – we have evolved for bursts of activity, chasing prey, interacting with others, napping when we are tired. The modern working day puts a lot of strain on our bodies, and it can be hard to keep going with the same energy levels all day. Still, if you want to get ahead, there are some things you can do to improve your productivity in the office. Here are some tips:
1. Set yourself targets and tasks on a timescale
Sitting down at the beginning or end of each day and writing a list for the upcoming day of work is a great way of focusing the mind and setting goals for yourself. Plus, writing the list is a relatively easy job, and so it’s a good start to the day or a way of winding down in the evening. By following your list, you’ll be able to plan ahead and manage your time more effectively, too.
In addition, setting goals for each day and an overall goal for the end of the week will give you a sense of achievement when completing a task.
2. Value taking a break
When you’re up against it or struggling to meet a deadline, it can be easy not to take a break, skip lunch or work late. But in the long-term, this is damaging to your productivity. Be sure to utilize breaks to refresh – for the best use of the time, go outside in the fresh air break and walk around. The air will wake you up and the light exercise will stretch you out to help keep you comfortable throughout the day.
3. Get rid of distractions
If where you work isn’t quiet and you find it hard to concentrate, wear a pair of noise-cancelling headphones (even if you don’t have anything playing in them) to get instant concentration. Turn off your email and even your phone if you need to at certain times to get things done. You can always call people back later.
4. Time things right
Think carefully about when you are in the mood to do certain tasks – for example, when you are most alert for a phone call or doing tricky sums, or when you are in a bit of a slump and can do little else but read. Our metabolism naturally changes throughout the day depending on when we eat, drink and sleep, so this is normal. Keep a ‘work diary’ for a few days and write down how you’re feeling at certain points of the day. You may well start to see some patterns emerging, and then you can start to schedule things for the time at which you are most naturally suited to doing them.
5. Avoid stress
Becoming stressed is a killer to productivity. Stress can be caused by procrastinating and then having to rush through tasks at the last minute. Hopefully, by following the steps above, you’ll largely avoid this.
Article courtesy of Automatic Retailing Vending
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