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 as though you have added extra hours to your day. The following is a list of tips that can help manage your time wisely and efficiently.
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 a high level of 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 the feeling of being overwhelmed and lost under files, memos, and deadlines.
3. GO FOR A WALK
Instead of eating lunch at your desk, scrunched over more paperwork, go for a walk outside. Getting some fresh air will help you clear your head, give you some perspective, and 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 impact negatively on the quality of your work, and leave you feeling drained and frazzled. Give each task enough time to complete it before moving onto something else.
5. GIVE YOURSELF SELF-IMPOSED DEADLINES
In general, the word ‘deadline’ is enough to give you headaches, dizzy spells, and an upset stomach. But when you’re the one setting the deadline for yourself, the negative pressure is gone. But you will feel obligated to respect the cut-off you’ve set. 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 do meet your deadline, give yourself a pat on the back and a reward for getting the job done on time.
6. UPDATE YOUR SURROUNDINGS
Attractive furniture and office decor, such as candles, plants, vases, can be pleasing visually. Moreover, they turn a dull space into something beautiful and functional with an added personal touch. Adding personal touches can also help boost productivity, as studies show, by up to 15%. Choose whatever makes you feel happy and comfortable, as long as they meet office regulations if you are not working from home. By surrounding yourself with aesthetically pleasing items to 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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