Productivity in the workplace is a challenge many businesses face day after day. Many businesses have tried to help employees be more productive by offering incentives, being more flexible in terms of office hours and schedules, and trying to create a positive atmosphere, among other changes.
While these office changes can help keep the morale between employees strong, sometimes productivity still suffers. In some cases, there are changes that employees need to make in their own routines to increase their productivity levels.
If you are feeling exhausted and lacking the energy to be as productive at work as you could be, research has shown that making certain changes to your routine can help you be much more productive throughout the whole day.
One of the best ways to ease workday exhaustion is to delegate tasks. Taking on too many things at once can leave you feeling drained and unfocused on the important work matters. Increasing productivity begins with organizing your time efficiently by delegating tasks in appropriate manners. There are certain tools you can invest in that can help you perform tasks more efficiently, giving you more time to focus on important aspects. For instance, if you operated a salon, investing in salon appointment software would aid in your ability to run the salon effectively without spending too much time on tedious tasks. Moreover, there are other types of online tools and productivity apps that allow you to schedule social media posts, access your work remotely, and keep track of all notes and reminders.
A clean, organized office and desk can dramatically increase your productivity. Cluttered, chaotic spaces tend to ruin your ability to concentrate at tasks at hand. Instead, taking the time each morning to re-organize your space can help you start your day focused and keep you from getting preoccupied by other matters. The more organized a space is, the less chance there is that you will waste time looking for a file, phone number, or paper you misplaced.
Email and Social Media
Two of the biggest distractions facing employees in the workplace are email and social media. While you might pull up Facebook or Instagram with the intention to check one quick thing, it often turns into a 5 or 10 minute distraction—multiple times a day. Not only are you wasting time, you are also disrupting the flow of your productivity. If you were working on a project, it can take quite a bit of time for you to be able to regain the focus you lost while checking social media. Similarly, email can take away your attention, especially if you are waiting for a response to something you sent earlier.
A good way to keep email and social media from distracting you is to set specific times of the day when you allow yourself a couple of minutes to check your notifications. Or, set a certain amount of tasks you must complete before checking either one, as this can motivate you to finish you tasks in a timely manner.
Create incentives for yourself by creating goals you plan to achieve each day or week. This can be an extremely helpful way to keep you feeling productive, as you have a check-list or to-do list of items you need to complete.
To be even more productive, consider giving yourself a certain amount of time to complete each task. This can help you avoid procrastinating all tasks to the end of the day or the end of the week.
While many believe they are more efficient when they multitask, research has shown that multitasking actually is a less effective way to be productive. When you focus on one thing at a time, you are able to complete it quicker, for your attention is solely on the one task at hand rather than trying to think about two or three things at once. It can be difficult to organize your thoughts when multitasking, whereas focusing on one single thing allows your brain to stay clear.
These simple workday changes can help you be more efficient with your tasks and more productive with your time.
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