Be more productive at work
We all have those days when we accomplish absolutely NOTHING! You might even find yourself making a habit of it, and before you know it a week has past and you’ve only done half of what you set out to do at the start of the week.
The good news, you’re not the only one!
The even better news, we’ve got some tips to help you be more productive
Let’s get started…
Write a check list
Nothing beats that feeling of checking something off a list. If that means printing your list and sticking it on your desk, computer or in your diary, do it. It’s all about that satisfying feeling of completing your tasks, because it’s that feeling that will drive you to be more productive and keep you on track.
So, you know you’re going to write a checklist, now it’s time to rank your tasks in order of priority. Things to consider; deadlines, resources, importance and anything else that might affect their order.
If there are tasks that require resources or assistance, keep that in mind and organise your days accordingly. For example; scheduling a meeting with someone, booking out a meeting room or asking to borrow necessary tools.
Having these details in your checklist, in appropriate order will make your life x100 easier and ensure you reach your end goal.
If there are tasks that have a time constraint, ensure they’re high enough up that you can complete them before the deadline. Likewise, with tasks of importance, if there is an important task that you need to complete, put time aside for it and limit that time, realistically, so that you’re focused during the task and don’t put it off or drag it out.
Time limit tasks
This point follows on from above…It’s easy to make a great check list, in perfect order, but if you don’t allocate time for tasks, you’ll drag them out, get distracted and find yourself with incomplete tasks and not enough time to complete them all.
The best way to allocate time is compare the tasks you have completed to ones that are similar, that way you have an idea of how long it did take you and you can consider the differences to alter the time allocated. When you have a set time limit to complete tasks you will find you are more focused on the task at hand and don’t have the time (literally) to multitask or get distracted.
Schedule time to have breaks and look forward to them
Time limits can also be used for breaks, if you feel that you spend too much or too little time between tasks, do yourself a favour and allocate time to leave your desk, sit or stand somewhere else, grab some coffee and just breathe. If you have planned breaks, you’ll be able to look forward to them which is a main driving factor in productivity; rewards!
Coinciding with the point above, move around the office, go for a walk outside, stand on the balcony, whatever helps clear your mind between tasks or at lunch time. On average, we sit for three quarters of our lives, if that isn’t a disturbing enough fact to make you want to run around the office every hour, I don’t know what is. It doesn’t matter if it’s a walk to the other end of the room or standing up to stretch, it will get your blood flowing and help clear your mind for the next task.
We hope these 5 tips will help you feel more productive in 2020!
Let us know what methods you use to be productive!