As the year winds down and we start to lose focus on office-related tasks because we’re too busy thinking about holiday parties and family time, we start to find it harder to be productive at work! Luckily we’ve some tips to keep you on track.
There is no universal way to be productive, because everyone works differently, and has their own tricks for staying focused. That being said, there are some general tips that you can try to follow to increase your chances. Plus, by trying different things, you will find out what works for you!
Take a read through our 5 tips below:
1. Set goals and make a plan
Approach your day with a plan rather than winging it. Make a list of the primary tasks you need to accomplish the day before so that you arrive to work the next morning with a clear view of your goals. Plus, you’ll avoid “decision fatigue” which will slow you down. It might be helpful to set different goals for yourself, such as a daily goal, weekly goal, monthly goal, and a longer-term yearly goal.
2. Focus on one task at a time
You may hear conflicting advice on this, but we strongly advise against too much multitasking. You might feel like you are being incredibly productive taking care of multiple things at once, but this isn’t actually the case. Our brains aren’t actually capable of juggling that many things at once, and we are much more successful when we focus on completing one task at a time. Plus, when we do this, we complete each task much faster. If you have one big task per day that you need to get done, work on that task at your most alert time – perhaps in the morning when your mind is fresh.
3. Avoid distractions
In this digital age, it’s understandable to be tempted to check social media, browse the web, or check your personal email on a regular basis throughout the day, but doing so can majorly damage your concentration. According to Julie Morgenstern, author of the book "Never Check Email in the Morning," checking your emails too much can hinder productivity, This, she believes stems from the fact that email is reactive and not proactive. "Those requests and those interruptions and those surprises and those reminders and problems are endless. There is a very little that cannot wait a minimum of 59 minutes," Morgenstern told Huffington Post. You will be much better focusing on those critical things you need to work on, and then setting certain times and intervals to check emails and social media.
4. Clear your head with meditation
Breaks are extremely important for clearing your mind in general. But practicing meditation or mindfulness techniques can help even more. A good meditation session can set you up with the right frame of mind for the rest of your day. Meditation helps you to remove unnecessary negative thoughts from your mind so that you remain relaxed, stress-free, and focused. Studies revealed that our brains typically become more focused and less distracted after a 20-minute meditation session. This allows us to be more creative and more efficient, in turn boosting our daily productivity.
5. Eat healthily and sleep well.
Your mother was right when she told you that breakfast was the most important meal of the day. Eating a nutritious breakfast is very important if you want to have a productive day. Breakfast provides you with the energy and nutrients you need to start your day and be able to maintain concentration and focus. Plus, if you indulge in healthy food for lunch, and healthy snacks throughout the day, your brain will continue to run at its best. Avoid salt and sugar, and instead opt for things like green tea or water, almonds, bananas, eggs, yogurt, apples, and carrots. If you have a sweet tooth, you can always indulge in a bit of dark chocolate! Plus, never underestimate the power of a good sleep!Eat
We hope these tips will help you increase your productivity at work and in your daily life. If you have any other tips to add, list them in the comments below!