15 Tips to Improve Your Productivity at Work
Oct 15 2018
While we all know that twiddling our fingers and shooting the breeze with nearby co-workers limits our productivity, not all of us are clued in to productive habits. If you’ve ever wondered how to get more out of the limited hours of your work day, here’s a few tips to get you on the right track!
- Plug In
- Work better with headphones in? Find the music that beats your drum. Or, drown out the noisy neighbor or the irritating sounds of construction.
- Tackle the To-Do List
- Set it and stick to it. Try sorting out 3-5 tasks a day that you want to complete, and make them your highest priority. Plus, crossing things out always feels good!
- Enforce Your Email Plan
- Try limiting the compulsive email checking; focus on the task at hand and don’t get distracted. If it helps, turn off new email previews or any distracting alerts.
- Manage Your Meetings
- Not everything needs an hour discussion; schedule meetings for the appropriate amount of time. Send out an agenda beforehand and don’t follow tangents.
- Know When You Shine
- Bright eyed and bushy tailed at 7am? Tackle your toughest assignments in the morning. Need a nap at 2pm (who doesn’t)? Schedule something monotonous during that time period.
- Put your personal iPhone away. Not only does this help with distractions, but it keeps work and personal time separate.
- Scheduled Work Time
- Booked in meetings 24/7? Schedule some ‘Me Time’ on your calendar to work away in the closest Flock touchdown station.
- Short and Sweet
- While writing a novel in an email may nail out the details, only a short one encourages a full read. Keep to the high points instead of adding more characters.
- Take a Break
- No, really. Energize yourself and shake off the naptime feeling with a quick walk around the office when you feel you’re losing focus.
- Cut It Out
- The simple beauty of Ctrl + C is a magical thing. Cut the fat by using keyboard shortcuts and favorites for repetitive actions.
- Fuel Your Fire
- No one can run on steam. To have some fuel in the tank, take time for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Plus, who doesn’t love food?
- Write It Down
- Capture each task or project by writing them down. Writing it down frees up some of your brain’s hard drive for a little extra processing power!
- Just Say No
- If you’re a habitual ‘Yes Man’, time to change your tune. Saying ‘No’ when you’re overloaded or not meeting commitments could be the wisest call of your day.
- Pick Up the Phone
- Instead of playing email tag, pick up the phone. Having an actual discussion can resolve an issue in a matter of minutes, whereas email could leave it unresolved for days.
- Try Delegating
- Don’t stretch yourself too thin. Though many people shudder at delegation, try handing off tasks or assignments that could be handled by someone else.
Start small; try to tackle two or three of these to see how it improves your productivity. Once you’ve mastered the art, or have a few of your own to share, add your hat to the pile and comment below!