Modern-day workloads are increasingly becoming bigger and more challenging in our fast-growing world. The need to work and produce results effectively is a must in the job market. From here comes the necessity for people to be at their best performance at work. Yet, a lot of people face a drop in the level of their productivity. This issue is widespread and very common, but fortunately, there are many things people can do to increase their productivity. We are going to explore them in this blog, so get ready for a boost to your work morals!
Five Ways to Increase your Productivity:
1. Multitasking is your Enemy
People can find themselves easily drawn into attempting to get more than one task done at the same time. You can see someone answering phone calls while trying to prepare a presentation, send, and reply to emails at the same time. The result? Nothing gets done in the required quality or time. So, focus on one task at a time and don’t try to juggle more than you can handle.
2. Start with the difficult task first
When having a big task to do, people tend to procrastinate; filling the time by focusing on smaller, easier tasks. This leaves them at the end of the day burnt out, having no energy, and still having to do their most difficult task. To avoid this, tackle the big load when your focus level is at its highest. This will give you the time and energy to finish within the deadline and get a sense of accomplishment.
To quote the words of Mark Twain, “if it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.”
3. Set Regular breaks for yourself
Some people may disagree with this piece of advice because it seems to say the opposite of taking advantage of the time you have to achieve a goal. Yet, studies have shown that when focusing on big tasks for an extended period of time, your concentration level may start dropping and declining. Having regular breaks can refresh your energy and lead to finishing your task faster and more proficiently. You can also break your task down into smaller parts, and reward yourself after finishing each one. After all, there is nothing a delicious piece of chocolate can’t do to your mood!
4. Avoid Meetings that could Be Emails:
Every office holds meetings more than employees think is necessary for the flow of the work. These meetings can be time-consuming, a waste of energy, and a setback for the pace of work. Thus, don’t hesitate to refuse to join unnecessary meetings, especially if the content of these meetings could be communicated through email.
5. Your Commute Time is your Friend!
In big crowded cities, we spend considerable time on the way to and from work. Why not use this time to your advantage? You can be surprised at how much you can get done during this, otherwise wasted time.
When trying to increase your productivity at work it is crucial to determine what is consuming your time and energy, and try to eliminate it. As it is said: work smarter, not harder. What about you our esteemed readers? Have you ever experienced a drop in your productivity? And how did you deal with the issue? Share your thoughts with us in the comments! Check out our other stories on Skyloov’s blog.