Wouldn’t you love to end your workday with everything finished on time? Maybe even get a head start on tomorrow’s work? That probably sounds more of a fantasy than reality. Boosting your productivity throughout the day will make it seem like you have added extra hours to your day. The following is a list of tips that can help to increase your productivity.
For most of us, a few extra hours sounds excellent. Read on for some helpful tips.
1. STAY ORGANIZED
Keeping everything in its place will save a lot of time searching. It’s an underrated productivity booster. It’ll save you time and energy wasted on looking for things. And it’ll make your workspace look neater and better to look at it, which is a major stress-buster.
2. “5 BEFORE 11”
To maintain high productivity throughout the day, try picking five things you can get done before 11 am. Choose the things that will boost your sense of accomplishment and output. Breaking things down reduces being overwhelmed and lost under files, memos, and deadlines.
3. GO FOR A WALK
Instead of eating lunch at your desk, hunched over more paperwork, go for a walk outside. Getting some fresh air will help you clear your head, give you some perspective and have a more positive outlook. Plus, it’s great physical exercise, and a change of scenery will do wonders for your creative juices. If you absolutely can’t leave your work area, go for a walk indoors. Studies prove that going for a walk, even a short one, can boost efficiency by 60%.
4. STOP MULTITASKING
Some people think that juggling multiple things at once means they’re boosting productivity. But, studies have found that multitasking could do more harm than good because you’re not giving each task the time and effort it deserves. Distractions like that negatively impact the quality of your work and leave you feeling drained and frazzled. Give each task enough time to complete before moving on to something else.
5. GIVE YOURSELF SELF-IMPOSED DEADLINES
The word ‘deadline’ is enough to give you headaches, dizzy spells, and an upset stomach. But when you’re setting the deadline for yourself, the negative pressure is gone. But you will feel obligated to respect the cut-off you’ve selected. We’re creatures of habit, so go easy on yourself at first. The point is to acknowledge that you have a set time, after which you’ll be held accountable for your work. When you meet your deadline, give yourself a pat on the back and a reward for getting the job done.
6. UPDATE YOUR SURROUNDINGS
Attractive furniture and office decorations, such as candles, plants, and vases, can be pleasing visually. Moreover, they turn a space into something beautiful and functional with an added personal touch. Adding personal touches can also help boost productivity by up to 15%. Choose whatever makes you feel happy and comfortable. By surrounding yourself with aesthetically pleasing items, you will boost productivity, increase creativity, and help with focus.
Boosting productivity means working smarter, not harder. So, try to resist the temptation to stuff your calendar with more work-related commitments or put in longer hours at the office.
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