Stay Productive in the Workplace
- February 19, 2018
Stay Productive in the Workplace
Category : Blog
If you find yourself constantly fighting to remain focused on the task at hand, you may be struggling with productivity.
Losing your momentum can set you back tremendously, which is why staying productive is necessary to conquer your to-do list. Luckily for you, there are numerous tips and tricks that can refuel your draining motivation.
If you’re having difficulty staying motivated, the first thing you need to do is determine whether your distraction or lack of motivation is due to an internal or external factor.
Find your center.
If the distraction is internal, consider meditating or refocusing your attention on the task at hand. Becoming conscious of the moment is a powerful tool that settles disturbances within you. Remember, if the disruption is a much larger, internal conflict, reach out to your superior and let him or her know that you are going through a difficult time. Assure that you are undergoing the proper treatment for whatever issues you may be facing.
If the negative influence is external, identify what changes you can make to better accommodate yourself. Do you need a quiet work zone with zero distractions? Or do you work best in the midst of the hustle and bustle?
If you need a less distracting work environment, consider using earbuds or noise canceling headphones. Make sure there is an inaudible notification on your work phone that can alert you when it is ringing (for example: a blinking light or vibration). Don’t forget to check that the volume of your earbuds isn’t distracting anyone around you.
If music doesn’t constitute as too distracting for you, try plugging into a lyric-free or nature inspired playlist during your typical work cycle. According to studies conducted by the University of Birmingham, England, music is proven to increase productivity in repetitive work environments.
Set Goals and Schedule.
Another simple approach to becoming and staying productive is the simple act of prioritizing your to-do list, setting goals, and scheduling. Outline your workload for the day and stick to a task until it’s complete. When you reach a goal or complete a task from start to finish, reward yourself with a small break.
If your task will take longer than an hour or two, consider a 50/10 minute schedule. Spend 50 minutes of uninterrupted time working. Once your 50 minutes is up, spend 10 minutes to yourself. Drink water, respond to phone calls or text messages, grab a snack, run to the restroom, or practice a few short and quick stretches to refresh your body.
After your 10-minute break, restart your 50-minute timer and restart the process. This process provides a sense of structure and self-discipline that is necessary for productivity.
Practice, Practice, Practice.
Productivity isn’t a destination. Being and remaining productive requires constant attention and practice. Remember that ultimate productivity is a practice, and if you want to have a consistent productivity measure, you must consistently practice.
Feel free to incorporate the tools listed above into your work routine, while also mixing and matching them together.
Do you have any tips or tricks that you use when you’re feeling particularly unproductive? What do you do? Let us know.