Increasing workplace productivity is an everyday challenge. There are so many things that can easily make us unproductive.
Even if we do not have a 9 to 5 job, we all strive to attain an optimal level of productivity in our day to day lives with various activities.
The point with productivity is that it is not something which you develop and set for one time so that everything becomes automatic later on. Your productivity needs a boost often.
You could be working very hard, and yet could feel that you are not that productive. Well, you are not alone. This happens so often, and this is a sign that you need to stop and think.
There is certainly no point in just working hard with no or less productivity. There is also no point in just loading yourself with coffee after coffee hoping to boost some supernatural power inside you.
So here we go.
This is one of the aspects that is least noticed when it comes to productivity. Many think about time management, organization, outsourcing, hiring talented people, buying cool tech gadgets so on and so forth to boost their productivity. But they simply forget one basic aspect. Their health.
How can one expect to be productive if they are not fit? So one of the major reasons why you are less productive may be that you are not fit; hence keep an eye on that aspect always and do the needful.
Have healthy food and workout routines. Replace junk foods and snacks for healthier ones. But don’t try to change in all overnight. Rather, start in small steps and drop junk foods one by one in a gradual manner. Have a regular workout routine to keep your energy and stamina levels high. Working out also is a good relaxation and not only benefits your body but also your brain. Both ways you get recharged.
Whatever be it, make it a habit to keep you fit.
Don’t be a tech addict
Don’t rely on tech gadgets too much. This will reduce your productivity in a way by making you lazy. Use only the required amount of tech for your kind of job and don’t get sophisticated.
For instance, if you rely completely on your computer for a particular task, you will have to waste your working time if it is broken. You simply have to wait until it is fixed to do anything further.
Don’t techitize (I invented that word ) everything. Use simplistic approach. Don’t look for a digital scientific calculator to add 5 and 5.
Most of us have internet facilities at work and we also do have a computer. Even if it is not so, we do have these at home. Reading blogs, emails, Yahoo Answers, Facebook and Twitter are good to keep yourself connected and informed. But soon, if you are not careful, you may get obsessed by these things.
You might want to switch between your serious work to read emails (especially if you have email notifiers that pop up). You might want to open your computer and check updates on your Twitter or Facebook, the first thing in the morning. All these will ruin your productivity.
Give yourself limited time per day or per week for these tasks depending upon who you are and how important your web presence is. Strictly stay away from web addiction for the rest of the time.
Read this post to also know about other time wasters/distractions:
Top 8 Time Wasters You Should Avoid In Order To Be Productive
An organized person is in an optimized state for productivity. If you are disorganized, you will pay a lot of time for nothing just because you are disorganized. Maintain a to-do list and make note of your appointments. This will help you in remembering tasks. Otherwise you may just sit blank after you complete one task. Or you may randomly pick up tasks as they come; this will make you inefficient.
Always keep your table and file racks clean, tidy and up to date. Do not stack old files or finished jobs on your table, rather archive them. Keep your inbox organized. Being organized saves you a lot of time too.
Plan your meetings or presentations well ahead to avoid hassle. Set yourself deadlines to complete tasks and be honest with yourself.
You need (should) not be working always in order to be productive. Taking breaks at right times, helps you increase your productivity. Take a break once you have finished a big task. This is one way of self-appreciation and also a chance to help your brain to get recharged.
Taking reasonable naps is good too. Taking breaks is not only important for your mental refreshment, it also refreshes you physically. Take a short 5 min. walk for your coffee/tea. You can get your eyes off your computer screen and get some fresh air too. After the break you will find yourself fresh and prepared for the next task.
Have you felt unproductive anytime? Don’t forget to follow these tips.