7 Simple Tips To Boost Your Productivity
Being productive at work is critical to your personal success and the success of your company. Your managers will want to be getting the best out of you whenever you’re in work. If you aren’t being productive your long term job prospects could be in trouble. If you have noticed you have not been getting enough done in your working day you definitely need to consider these 7 tips for increasing your productivity throughout the day.
Set a to do list at the end of every working day for the next day
The first thing I would advise you to do is get your schedule sorted out in advance. Prioritizing which tasks need to be done first is key to having a successful schedule. Even if you may be given unexpected pieces of work, you will still know what needs to be done and when it needs to be done for. Not only does a schedule help you get organized and focus on what needs to be done, you will also see your to do list shrink in size when you cross items off of it. And let me tell you, that is a satisfying feeling.
Take a break!
Whenever you feel like your head is about to explode with all the work, take a break. Just take 5 or 10 minutes, have stroll to clear your head, make a cuppa. Try and do this if you are feeling bored with your current task as well. Having a break can actually increase productivity as it gets the blood flowing and allows you to return to your tasks with a clear head and refreshed eyes.
Some people feel multi-tasking is a much more efficient way of cutting their workload. However multi-tasking can actually be more harmful than anything else. Studies show it actually decreases the quality of the work and can lead to people being distracted. Try and focus on one task at a time and once that is completed properly, move on to the next one.
Get rid of potential distractions
I have to admit, this is a major flaw in my productivity. Keep your phone in your pocket, in a draw, under your desk, just anywhere out of your sight. Obviously it is fine to text your partner back every once in a while because we don’t want you to go home and find your clothes in the street in bin bags for not texting back, but don’t be tempted to scroll through twitter or Facebook. Chatting is fine just make sure it’s in proportion and you are getting your tasks done.
Set deadlines… and stick to them
Whenever you’ve got a task, set a deadline for it, if one hasn’t already been set, and make sure it is done for when you have set yourself to do it by. This will make you feel good when you hand a piece of work in by the time it was set for. It will also make you look more reliable and impress your seniors.
Keep a tidy workspace
Get rid of all that clutter on your desk. Time spent looking for things on your desk is extra time that could be spent doing a task. Also it’s not just about your desk, make sure everything in your emails and documents is easy to find. Looking for long lost emails and documents can be a nightmare and take a long, long time. Apps are available for your phone/computer to help organize work and emails.
If there’s no work, find some
A lot of people, myself included, fall into the trap of doing nothing once you have completed your tasks. However there is always something to do, no matter how small or big of a task it is. Get a head start on upcoming projects, help out a colleague who is drowning in work. This will make you more popular with bosses as it shows you’re eager and also you work mates as you are helping them out. Furthermore it gets you into the mind-set of being busy. If you stay busy you won’t have time to procrastinate and lounge around doing nothing. As the quote goes “if there’s time to lean, there’s time to clean” not quite relevant but you can see what I’m getting at.XQMJ5hb��^���