Do you think you're a productive individual? Productivity is the way to go if you're looking to accomplish more in less time. If you are an employee, increasing your productivity can boost your status, maybe leading to a promotion and/or pay raise. If you are a freelancer, higher productivity means more income for you as you're able to take on more work.
And if you run a company, small or large, increased productivity leads to greater growth and profits. Here, we at GET.com narrow down the 8 ways you can work on to be more productive at work.
1. Organize Your Work Environment
Every morning, survey your workspace and get rid of clutter. Psychologically, clutter can be distracting, so organizing your space can help you think more clearly, thereby increasing your productivity.
2. Add Mood Lifters
Make your space a nice place to work. There are lots of ways to do this. You can add invigorating colors, interesting live plants, or even up-tempo music. It also doesn't hurt to think about aromatherapy - make use of essential oils like rosemary or lavender, which can reduce stress.
3. Eat Healthful Snacks
It makes sense to keep your energy high by keeping plenty of healthful snacks nearby. Avoid sugary snacks, since they can have a rebound effect that will leave you tired. High protein snacks with unsaturated fats are excellent, as is fresh fruit or yogurt. Try to avoid too much caffeine, since it can give you the jitters, which is counterproductive.
4. Avoid Alcohol And Drugs
Some workers may resort to stimulants to accelerate activity or drink alcohol to "steady their nerves". These substances will quickly backfire and ultimately destroy your productivity. Alcohol is a depressant that will cloud your judgement, while stimulants can become addictive. You never want to touch those in a work environment whether you're in the office or in the comfort of your own home should you be working from home.
5. Do Your Least Favorite Tasks First
Often there is a part of the job that we just dread. If you can't avoid it, then attack it first. By doing so, you have the rest of the day to enjoy your work, which should add to your productivity. In the long run, you may want to find a job you don't dread in entirety though that may ain't the easiest thing ever.
6. Prioritize And Delegate
Productivity is hurt when the job seems so overwhelming that you are paralyzed by anxiety. The best strategy is to make a list of what you have to get done, prioritize the tasks you must perform yourself and delegate the tasks that others can perform. Just getting a handle on the activities ahead will help chop them down into manageable pieces.
7. Reduce Interruptions
One of the biggest distractions nowadays is receiving email notifications or instant messages 24/7. If you let them interrupt your train of thought, it will take longer for you to get your work done. Simply turn off your notifications until you are ready to address them. If anyone has a screaming emergency, they'll probably call you.
8. Move Around
Take a walk or do some exercises to relieve physical tension and mental fatigue. Just a little exercise a few times a day can make a big difference. If you work at a desk, consider the new models that let you work sitting or standing.