We only have so many hours in the day, but it’s how we use those hours to be more productive that counts
Whether you’re working towards a promotion, aiming for a healthier lifestyle or simply trying to be more organised at work, there are some simple steps you can take to make those goals more manageable.
The trick to having that productive edge is to replace poor habits with good ones – habits that will help to encourage us to be proactive and thus, more productive. Firstly, it’s important to recognise these habits and that’s why we’ve hand-picked our top tips to help improve your productivity:
1. Take regular breaks
Whether it’s a quick walk outside or taking the time to make a coffee, a five to ten-minute break every so often means you can return to your work with fresh eyes and a clear mind to continue.
2. Keep your workspace clean and clear of clutter
A cluttered desk can lead to a cluttered mind. The time you spend looking for lost papers is time you could be using to complete your tasks. The same applies to those who doodle. It’s best to keep space as clear as possible, so have a spare notepad for doodles instead of encroaching on your work notes.
3. Set yourself internal deadlines, and stick to them
Budgeting your time can help you to meet your deadlines faster. Setting your own deadlines for tasks will help to ensure they are complete well ahead of schedule.
4. Reduce your multi-tasking
Trying to multi-task can create distractions and mean work isn’t always completed to the best standard. Focus your mind on one task at a time, ensuring it’s completed properly before moving onto the next.
5. Remove potential distractions
Of course, interruptions during the workday are inevitable, but it’s important we try to minimise these as much as possible. Simple things such as; keeping your phone locked away during work, turning off irrelevant notifications, closing your office door or letting your colleagues know if you’re focusing on a specific task so not to be distracted, can all help keep you on track.
6. Prepare a to-do list for the next day
To-do lists are an easy hit to increase productivity. They help you to be organised, provide you with satisfaction when you’re able to check tasks off the list and help keep you focused on your objectives. Preparing your to-do list for the next day means you can get straight to work with a clear, fresh mind the next morning.