August 06, 2017 / News
Productivity: it's great when you have it, but your day in the office can be a real drag when you don't. When you have a productive day at work, not only does it benefit the company you work for, but it can help you stay on top of your workload, boost your self-esteem and get you noticed by management. So, how exactly do you fuel that fire and maintain that momentum?
Here are a few handy tips to help you have a productive day at work:
1) Set An Agenda For The Day
One of the biggest tricks to helping you be productive is to set out exactly what you want to achieve during the day. This list will help keep you accountable, as it will act as a physical reminder of the tasks that still need to be completed and provide you with a clear direction for your day. In order for the agenda to be as effective as possible it is also important that you make your agenda challenging, yet realistic and achievable. Try not to overwhelm yourself with too many tasks, because having lots of unfinished tasks on your agenda at the end of the day can be demoralizing, and may even demotivate you.
2) Give Yourself A Deadline
Another way to stay productive is to create self-imposed deadlines (if they don't already exist) on the various work you need to do. This will give you a specific time frame that you will need to work within and help keep you in control of your workload. Also, by imposing deadlines on your tasks it will help you manage your work better, as you'll be able to determine what work is more urgent and will need more immediate attention.
3) Keep Your Workspace Organised
Having an organised workspace is another great way to help improve your efficiency. It may seem like a throwaway tip, but when your desk is neat and tidy, you'll be able to quickly and easily access the resources you'll need to complete the task and minimise the time that is wasted faffing around. An organised workspace can also put you in a calm and clear frame of mind that will allow you to tackle the work that's on your plate.
4) Take A Short Break When You Need To
It's inevitable that you'll hit a wall or even multiple walls while you work. It can feel like your brain is screeching to a halt and you can no longer squeeze anything out of it. The best way to overcome this road block is to take a short break to get the juices flowing again and prevent yourself from going around in circles. So, why not try stretching, going for a walk, or grabbing a quick bite when you start to feel like you're getting stuck.
5) Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is king. Coming to work tired can have a very negative impact on your productivity. This is because when you lack sleep you become lethargic, easily distracted, and the quality of your work declines. To prevent this and give yourself the best possible start for the day ahead, try and get in at least 8 solid hours of sleep before work.
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