Are you struggling to be productive at work?
In today’s fiercely competitive corporate world it is of utmost importance to be productive, no matter where you work and what you do. And since the competition is cutthroat, everyone is looking for ways to prove their worth and show how they are a more useful resource than the rest.
If you think consuming excessive caffeine or making a long list of do’s and don’ts will get you closer to achieving higher productivity levels, you need to think again and change your working habits. To find out the secret to a highly productive workday, we conducted a survey amongst a group of people considered to be highly productive within their workplace. Based on the results of this survey, we have summarised the most common techniques that you may consider using.
Bifurcate & prioritise work
If you have 30 tasks to do in a day, prioritise them. Don’t try to fit as much as possible into your normal working hours. Try the less-is-more approach, sometimes you may not be able to complete even a single task, but don’t panic. Divide your work systematically and you will soon begin to see positive results.
Don’t try multi-tasking
Don’t try to do numerous tasks at the same time! Switching between tasks frequently lowers your potential, creativity level and IQ. It is a fact! Also, focusing on more than one task at a time may hamper the quality of your work. Therefore, focus only on a single thing at once and complete it more efficiently and effectively before you move on to the next one.
Go for short breaks
Feeling tired? Can’t focus? Take a quick break. Don’t over use your brain. Go for a walk, grab a snack or meditate - do anything that refreshes you. Come back with a clear mind, ready to go and perform to the best of your abilities.
Remember the 80/20 rule
In most cases 20 percent of effort produces 80 percent of your results? Thus, trim down your list of work systematically. Firstly, work on the tasks that are high priority and require minimal effort but will return good results.
Complete challenging tasks in the morning
Always try to accomplish the most challenging projects before lunch, when you are completely fresh. If possible, schedule meetings and appointments in the afternoon.
Manage your time
Always remember time waits for no one. So it is extremely important to be systematic and plan your working hours accordingly. Don’t let anything that is not important distract you. If you have a habit of checking e-mails and you don’t want to miss out on anything important, factor in a time slot for checking e-mails in the morning, afternoon and evening. If possible, create alerts and rules.
Whilst doing a project, if you have any doubts/questions, don’t just spend your whole day on them. Don’t hesitate to ask the person responsible. It will not only help you save time but will also help you build relationships with your team/management.
D on’t mix productivity with lethargy
Believe it or not, laziness is the prime cause of declining productivity. It’s your lazy attitude that is bringing you down! Enforcing discipline at work and saving time wherever possible will help you become more productive but if you don’t have the will power and the drive to go on, it is impossible to reach your goals. Stay focused.
Try bringing the above methods into play and see how efficient and productive you can become!