In today’s workplace, time is money and productivity is a determining factor of a business’ level of success. Recently, we have been seeing employees and managers alike struggling to keep their productivity high while also keeping their quality of work intact. In part one of this two part blog post, we will identify four ways that any employee, manager or CEO can improve their productivity without sacrificing their sanity or quality of work.
- Don’t work before work:With email so easily accessible on our phones and tablets, it can become instinctual for us to check our messages right after we wake up; but by doing this, we are actually allowing for our schedules to be dictated by others rather than setting the tone for our own day. Try focusing your morning on yourself; make that breakfast you have wanted to try, read the local newspaper, stop by your favorite coffee shop for a latte or even head to the gym. Either way, focusing on yourself will eliminate the risks of arriving at work already frazzled and will keep you focused on your productivity in a positive way.
- Shorten your to do list: We live in the time of endless to do lists, but try cutting yours in half to improve your daily productivity. Take a look at your list and eliminate tasks that aren’t immensely important. Try including only half the normal amount of tasks and then add the remaining tasks in throughout the week as appropriate. Instead of focusing on all of the tasks you need to complete in the week, focus on only what needs to be done that day to ensure that you are not only achieving better productivity but also high quality work.
- Eliminate the meaningless tasks: Did you know that a large percentage of our productivity within the workplace comes from a small fraction of the work we do? This means that the meaningless tasks in our everyday schedule can be eliminated without affecting our quality of work. Evaluate your tasks when you arrive to the workplace and determine which are unnecessary and trivial.
- Focus on your toughest tasks before lunch: Mornings are so often considered to be the most productive time in the workplace because the focus is on the work day rather than the attitude after lunch, which seems to shift towards the end of the day. Try completing your most daunting task before lunch to ensure that the rest of your day will be available for the easier ones. This way you will leave the workplace at the end of the day ready to tackle your next day of work without being overwhelmed.
These four tips are a few of the many that could be used to improve your success at work. Be sure to check back next week as we will introduce four more ways to increase employee workplace productivity.
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