Do you ever finish your workday feeling that you weren’t able to accomplish everything on your to-do list? So, You are always starting your day with a plan, a list, with a goal… so obviously, by the end of the day, you’ll find your to-do list is even longer. we got it. Being productive at work can be difficult, but know where to start it.
Try incorporating these tips to increase your workflow and work smarter!
8 Ways To Increase Your Productivity At Work
1. Stop Multi-Tasking
It can be tempting for you to take care of all tasks at once, especially if they seem small or easy. But it simply doesn’t work. According to neuroscience professor Earl K. Miller, “multitasking is not humanly possible.” We’re fooling ourselves when we say we can easily juggle phone calls, presentations, and eating lunch. Focus on one task at a time, and you’ll actually end-up completing it faster.
2. Organize Your e-mail
You can increase sanity by keeping your inbox organized, especially if you get a lot of correspondence on a daily basis. Use folders and filters to keep your email inbox organized and it will be as beneficial as having a tidy desk or cubicle. I personally like to strive for Inbox Zero: daily is great, but definitely by Friday afternoon.
3. Listen To Music
Music can help you settle your work routine. Low-volume music can down noises in the office without interrupting other people around you. Choose music that helps you focus without distracting you. It has been shown that while listening to classical music your IQ actually increases your might & want to give it a try!
4. Put Your Phone On Silent Mode
Corresponding through social media, text messages, making phone calls and emailing, ranks as the 4th biggest workplace distraction behind food and bathroom breaks, and talking with coworkers.
Have you ever been in a state of flow where you’re completely focused on the task at hand when your phone beeps or buzzes and gets you sidetracked? I think we all have experienced that.
Remove distractions those distractions by silencing your phone, exiting out of chat applications and closing the inbox before you start any important task where complete focus is necessary.
5. Take Breaks
We might think working longer hours means we’re getting more work done, but we never work as we’re burned out. Studies show taking regular breaks helps concentration and boosts your mood. Take a five-minute walk around the office, or spend 15 minutes grabbing that mid-day coffee.
6. Set small goals
Sometimes, looking at our goals can be overwhelming. Seeing a handful of big projects on our calendar can be stressful… but if you break it up into smaller tasks, you’ll feel more in control and will be much more productive.
Rather, write down “finished projects,” break them into small tasks as per the time it will take. This will keep you on track in your day-to-day and make the bigger projects seem less daunting.
7. Take care of the biggest tasks when you’re most alert
We all sometimes push big goals aside because we’re not confident we’ll accomplish them… And by the time we get to them, we’re too burned out from our day to give it the attention it needs. That’s how projects end up bleeding into additional days and making it feel like productivity has disappeared.
Understanding when and how you work best is key to getting those big projects done on time. There’s no set schedule that works for everyone… if you’re a morning person, tackle the big tasks first thing in your day.
8. Implement the “two-minute rule”
Make the most of your time at work by filling those tiny windows with actual tasks. According to entrepreneur Steve Olenski, finding and immediately completing tasks that take two minutes or less actually saves you time. So, if it takes less than two minutes, do it now.
The other aspect of the two-minute rule is that any goal or habit can be started in under two minutes. This doesn’t mean you’ll be able to complete every task in 120 seconds, but starting new goals is the first step to accomplishing them!
Finally, not every day is your day which can be perfectly productive; don’t beat yourself up over it. Instead, refocus your energy and implement these tips. Once you find the sweet spot that works for you, you’ll be amazed at how much more you can get done both in and out of the office.