Do you find yourself fumbling through your days, hopping from one task to another, and not really accomplishing anything? We all have less-than-productive days. But if your unproductive days are outnumbering your productive ones, it might be time to make some changes. What’s the secret to great productivity at work? Well, there isn’t just one. But these tips might help you.
Plan Your Days
Each evening before you shut down your computer, make a list of the three most important things you need to accomplish the following day. Be sure to write it down, and keep the list close by so the next morning, you know exactly where to start. This one tip can lead to much more productive days.
Set a Timer
Getting bogged down in email and getting nothing done as a result? Set a timer for 10 minutes. Dive into your email and do one of three things to each message – forward it on (delegate), respond, or archive. Don’t ever leave emails hanging around in your inbox. And don’t let them pile up. Create a devoted time each day to process email and you’ll never be drowning in it again.
Change The Scenery
I work from home, and while most of the time I can be pretty productive, there are days when the sofa is really calling my name. On days like that, I find a change of scenery very helpful. I’ll pack up my laptop and head to a coffee shop or go down to my co-working space. Not only does that allow me to re-focus on the tasks at hand, I never know who I might meet! Co-working spaces and coffee shops are great for networking, which can be very productive if it means getting a new client or two!
Take Frequent Breaks
Taking a lot of breaks throughout the day might seem counterintuitive to being productive, but the truth is, our brains can only handle so much focus and concentration at once. Try to take at least a 5 minute break every hour, to stretch, get a glass of water, or just sit and breathe. You’ll find that even a short brain break can help you to stay focused and on task all day long.
Stop Working When You Need To
Sometimes if I’m on a tight deadline, I have the tendency to keep barreling through to get my work done. However, I often find that once I start to get fatigued, my productivity takes a hit. In this case, often it’s better to stop for a while, take a good long break, and come back to the work when you’re fresh. Otherwise you might just find yourself spinning your wheels.
Productivity is easy when you are organized, rested, and working in the right environment. Try out some of these ideas and let me know how it goes!