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5 Great Ways to Increase Your Productivity at Work
We all have those days, sometimes it can feel like your whole week is full of them! That to-do list doesn’t seem to be getting any shorter, if fact it’s probably getting longer and you leave the office feeling like you haven’t really achieved anything or got what you needed to do done. Productivity is a problem for most people and most businesses. Encouragingly productivity levels across the UK seem to be on the rise, so what else can you do to help yourself become more productive at work?
It is important that each day spent in work is a productive one, after all there are only so many hours in the day to get everything done. Here are some useful tips on how to increase your productivity.
Plan. Planning is a crucial tool. When you come into the office think what needs to be done today, and what needs to be done by the end of this week? This will help you prioritize your tasks so that deadlines can be met. Lists are a great planning tool to organize your thoughts and help prioritise the tasks for the day, week or month. You also have the added bonus of getting rid of that terrible feeling you are forgetting something…we’ve all been there!
Take regular breaks. Taking a short walk around the office or popping out to get a cup of coffee is a great way to get your blood flowing and to wake yourself up. Sitting at a desk for hours means that your mind is likely to become fatigued and makes you less productive.
Keep your workspace clutter free. The time that you spend looking for misplaced items around your desk each day is extra time you could be using to complete your work. It also makes it much easier for other people to find important paperwork that might be hidden away. There are companies that impose a tidy desk policy, for this very reason. Organizing emails into appropriate folders might be something to consider, by organizing emails you can find important emails much faster.
Minimize interruptions. If you’re the type of person that’s always on your phone, then keep your phone out of sight so that you are not tempted to look at it. Similarly, if you get distracted by people, specifically chatting, turn your office phone onto do not disturb while you work on that important task or block out time in the company calendar.
Consider the two-minute rule. Entrepreneur; Steve Olenski recommends implementing a “two minutes’ rule” for some small tasks. The idea is, if you can see a task you know can be done in two minutes or less, do it immediately! According to Olenski, completing the task immediately actually takes less time than having to go back and do it later. So, stop putting that task to the bottom of your list for later…do it now and save yourself time and energy, plus seeing your list get smaller will help spur you on.