Updated: May 1, 2020
There are only so many hours in the day, so making the most of your time is critical. There are 5 ways to increase your output. Either put in more hours or work smarter. I don't know about you, but I prefer the latter. One sure fire way to improve your work productivity is to make sure you and distractions of a noisy office create lasting workplace productivity.
Being more productive at work isn't rocket science, but it does require being more deliberate about how you manage your time. This post will walk you through 5 simple but effective strategies for increasing your productivity at work.
1. Track your time - Measure working time using a timer and start tracking time when you start working on something and stop when you finish (or when you switch to a different activity). Add time manually later approximate and enter all your time entries at the end of the day/week
You may think you're pretty good at gauging how much time you're spending on various tasks. However, some research suggests only around 17 percent of people are able to accurately estimate the passage of time. A tool like Rescue Time can help by letting you know exactly how much time you spend on daily tasks, including social media, email, word processing, and apps.
2. Turn off notifications - Push-notifications are sapping our ability to get into flow, to do our best work, and to leave the office feeling truly accomplished. Instead, we’re more likely to leave the office feeling like we’ve worked all day with little to show for it.No one can be expected to resist the allure of an email, voicemail, or text notification. During work hours, turn off your notifications, and instead build in time to check email and messages. This is all part of being proactive rather than reactive.
3. Breaks- Breaks increase productivity and creativity. Working for long stretches without breaks leads to stress and exhaustion. Taking breaks refreshes the mind, replenishes your mental resources, and helps you become more creative. “Aha moments” came more often to those who took breaks, It sounds counterintuitive, but taking scheduled breaks can actually help improve concentration. Some research has shown that taking short breaks during long tasks helps you to maintain a constant level of performance; while working at a task without breaks leads to a steady decline in performance.
Here are 4 examples of the benefits of regular breaks
B.Improved mental well-being.
D.More time for healthy habits.
4. Self-imposed deadlines - Your boss approaches your desk and says something along the lines of, “Hey, ... I've found self-imposed deadlines to be incredibly helpful in working with writing this great article outlining a few benefits of setting personal deadlines.Tips to try to hold yourself accountable and kick start your productivity! While we usually think of stress as a bad thing, a manageable level of self-imposed stress can actually be helpful in terms of giving us focus and helping us meet our goals. For open-ended tasks or projects, try giving yourself a deadline, and then stick to it. You may be surprised to discover just how focused and productive you can be when you're watching the clock.
Here are 5 Ways to Stick Your Self-Imposed Deadlines
A.Establish Mini Milestones.
B.Find an Accountability Partner.
C.Set Deadlines in Days.
D.Create a Sense of Urgency.
E.Utilize Rewards and Consequences.
5. Two-minute rule - The two- minute Rule works for big goals as well as small goals because of the inertia of life. Once you start doing something, it's easier to continue doing it. I love the two-minute rule because it embraces the idea that all sorts of good things happen once you get started.Entrepreneur Steve Olenski recommends implementing the "two-minute rule" to make the most of small windows of time that you have at work. The idea is this: If you see a task or action that you know can be done in two minutes or less, do it immediately. According to Olenski, completing the task right away actually takes less time than having to get back to it later. Implementing this has made him one of the most influential content strategists online.
AUTHOR: RIZWAN KHAN
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