We all lead very busy lives. We have multiples roles to play, even when we walk into our offices. Then why is that some people seem to accomplish more in the same time as us? How can we be more productive at work? These are the steps that I have taken to ensure I get the most out of my day at work.
1. Have an organised work space.
Humans are creatures of their environment. Having a clean and organised work space helps keep the focus on our work. If our work space looks messy we might get distracted more easily rather than focus on the task at hand. I also like to have a defined space to work, both at home and the office. This encourages me to shift from play to work mode easily.
This is probably one of the reasons why I prefer working on a desktop. It defines my work space. All the tools I need to accomplish work are all around it, organised the way I like it to be.
2. Have a schedule.
I like have a schedule to rely on when it comes to work. I like to carve out certain times to do particular activities. I don’t like walking into work and not having a clear agenda for what needs to be accomplished. Some days are a little more intense than the others, but that is how I have planned them. I have certain tasks which need to be done on certain days.
I have daily blocks of item which I use. I only check emails in the morning when I first come in and in the evening before I leave. This way I am able to include time for reading, watching videos, and also spending time on different platforms of social media both for work and leisure.
3. Play music in the background.
Music helps me relax. Not all music has the same effect on everyone. Choose music that helps you focus on work. Music without words does that for me. However, I don’t listen to music all the time. When I am wiring an initial draft of a blog, I prefer working in silence. But music really helps me when I am searching for images and editing them.
I prefer listening to music that I have not heard before; otherwise I start to pay more attention to it then the work. I love electronic music and started using the site di.fm. They have loads of options which can help you out as well.
4. Take breaks from work.
This is what I am currently struggling with. However, see the huge upside in taking small breaks occasionally. Taking small breaks, stretching my legs, helps in refreshing both the mind and body. That way we can get back to work more energised.
The way I set up my break is to see it as a reward; I finish a task, and have earned the 5 minute break. I have also just read an article which has listed the benefits of taking small naps during the day. Sometimes I just look out the window appreciate the little things like seeing parrots in the midst of all the buildings around me.
If we want to change our productivity at work we have to be willing to change our small daily habits.
Part of being more productive at work is being more alert. Where I am wasting time and when I am more productive. Since sitting for hours in front of a computer is bad not only for my focus, but also health. I am not getting a small stand up desk to help me focus. I’ll let you know how it works out for me in the future.