After a long week at work you can look back and feel that you haven’t always been very productive. A recent study showed that a third of employees have become disengaged in the work place- a third! By simply amending some of the things you do during the working week, you can expect to see an improvement in not only your productivity, but as a result your attitude too! A collection of just 5 things can be adopted to kick-start this process:
Staying focused may seem like an obvious point, but it’s probably one of the top ways to stay productive. If you have a task to complete- then complete it, without doing anything else. Leave distractions at the door and set yourself a goal of completing a task!
Collaboration is key for getting through work. If you are jotting ideas, sometimes just asking for an opinion off of someone can really help you think more. You shouldn’t be afraid when asking people for their opinions- from new starters to managers, everyone has ideas and you may just find what you are looking for.
3. Maximise down time
A key habit of productive workers is that they have a sensible work to rest ratio. So instead of checking your emails on your commute to work, read a book or listen to music. When you get home, truly relax and leave your work where it’s supposed to be; at work! Embrace your downtime and make sure you use the time to really relax. This will help you to be most productive when you are at work.
Allow some time each week to de-clutter your work load. There’s nothing more distracting than a pile of work papers (or jobs to be done), so only keep things that are necessary and put the rest away out of sight. The same can be said for mental clutter. Choosing to just really empty your head every once in a while can help refresh your brain power for a new day. This mimics the idea that relaxing is important, and by de-cluttering you can help this.
5. Get to work early
Getting to work early is great for a few reasons. First of all your commute will be easier – whether it’s a trek through London’s tube stations or a 5 minute walk- as you dont feel rushed but awake and ready for the tasks ahead. An early start also gives you an uninterrupted time to focus and gather your thoughts before your colleagues arrive and the work begins. It is said that the early-birds tend to make the most of the day- productive, no?