To be successful at work you have to be productive. The question is, have you been productive all this time or you don’t think you are productive at all? Here are seven simple ways that you should attend to if you want to increase your productivity at work:
- Set next-day schedule before leaving the office
The evening before leaving the office, set the schedule (what you are going to do) for the next day. Choose the tasks that should come first. It’s like having a to-do list, you can crossing off the items once you complete them. You’ll get that satisfaction doing the cross-off. Besides, writing down the schedule for the next day will keep you organized and focused.
- Monitor the time you spend on various tasks
Pay attention to how much time you spend on various tasks. Record the time you start and finish each task. By doing so, you know how much time you need in completing the tasks, so that the next time you are assigned a task that is similar to the previous task, you know exactly how long you need, and you won’t be overwhelmed when you have to handle various tasks throughout the day.
- Avoid multitasking
How can you give the best results when you do many things together at the same time? You may think that you are being efficient, but actually you’re not. Multitasking will only make you lose time and productivity.
- Learn to say NO
There are too many people who often say yes when they should say no. Each person has their own reason for doing so. Maybe they don’t want to disappoint their colleagues, they are helpful in nature, they are afraid of their boss and so on. Saying yes to other people too often will only put a huge strain on your time, let alone productivity.
- Keep your workspace clean and tidy
Try your best to keep your workspace clean and tidy. Seeing a tidy desk gives much better feeling compared to seeing a cluttered desk. Besides, a clean and tidy desk will save your time. You don’t need that extra time to find certain papers or documents. Use that extra time to complete your work.
- Take regular breaks
Don’t be afraid to take regular breaks during work because breaks can actually help you improve concentration. You will be more focused on what you’re doing after a break. Working at a task without having breaks at all leads to a decline in performance. If you want your productivity at work increased, then taking regular breaks is a must.
- Don’t eat too much at lunchtime
Eating too much food at lunchtime will only make you fatigued, which leads to the decrease in productivity. It is best to eat foods that are high in protein, fiber and antioxidants to keep you energized throughout the day. Consuming sugary foods and energy drinks will make you full, but only for a short time.