7 Techniques To Increase Your Workplace Productivity

7 Techniques To Increase Your Workplace Productivity

January 22, 2017

Productivity is acute to your achievements at the workplace. Managers and executives all aim to get the best performance out of their employees.

Here are 7 simple yet effective techniques to help you make the best out of your time and deliver more than before:

  1. PLAN YOUR SCHEDULE THE NIGHT BEFORE

List your tasks in terms of priority of completion. You will know exactly what needs to be done when you return to your desk. Not only will a schedule help keep you organized, focused and on track, you will get the satisfaction of crossing items off your “to do” list once you complete them.

  1. TAKE SMALL BREAKS

Take a short walk down the corridor to the water cooler, or even across the street for a cup of coffee. Brief interludes from work can increase your productivity by getting your blood flowing and allowing you to return to work with fresh eyes.

  1. REDUCE MULTI-TASKING

Attempting to accomplish more than one task at a time can actually be of more harm than help. Studies show that people who try to do two or more activities at once end up becoming distracted, and the quality of their work suffers. Focus on one task at a time, complete it properly and move on to the next project.

  1. GET RID OF POTENTIAL DISTRACTIONS

Although interruptions during the workday are inevitable, minimize them to as less as possible. If you have an office with a door, keep it closed. When a co-worker is looking to kill off some slack time, let them know that you are occupied, but will love to converse later. (Just be sure not to brush off any of your superiors.)

  1. IMPOSE DEADLINES ON YOURSELF, AND STICK TO THEM

As you would deal with a financial budget, budget, coordinate and monitor your time to help yourself meet deadlines faster. Some people who thrive under deadlines even deliberately shorten their workday by 15 minutes to ensure optimum efficiency.

  1. AVOID LARGE AND HEAVY LUNCHES

Instead, snack on foods that are high in protein, fiber and antioxidants throughout the day. Seasonal foods will keep you refreshed, full and focused. Sugary intakes and drinks keep you going only for a short time, and the inevitable “crash” may hamper your productivity and ruin your ability to work for the rest of the day. Heavy lunches can also leave you feeling exhausted and uneasy.

  1. KEEP YOUR WORKSTATION CLEAN AND CLEAR OF CLUTTER

As the old saying goes, “A cluttered desk is a symptom of a cluttered mind.” The time you spend looking for misplaced papers each day is extra time you could be using to complete your work. Use sticky notes to label file cabinets and drawers to increase convenience while searching for required documents.

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