Logic prevails that even if you are working in your dream job you won’t feel 100% motivated all of the time. Personal and family issues, tiredness, not to mention killer hangovers can lead to a drop off in productivity and whilst this is natural from time to time, falling behind on important tasks is unlikely to make you a favourite with the boss! Staying productive at work doesn’t have to mean forcing yourself to work when you really don’t want to, but instead finding ways to get your interest back in the tasks at hand and avoiding the natural physical symptoms that can cause you to feel lethargic.
Here are our top 5 simple ways to be more productive at work:
1. Take a walk, pal
Although it may seem counter-intuitive to take a break when you should be working, countless studies have found that a short break from a task will help with your productivity. Sometimes your mind needs some time to think about something else so that you can return to your work with a fresh perspective.
TR recommendation – take a 10 – 15 minute walk twice a day and appreciate your surroundings. No phones, no Facebook; go on a digital cleanse. Trust us the results your focus when you get back will be razor sharp.
2. Get some Headspace – Listen to a guided meditation. There are plenty of 10-15 minute meditations that allow you to trigger your creativity, let go of muscle tension and clear your mind of the work at hand and give you new answers to old problems. All you have to do is plug in your headphones, close your eyes and enjoy peace and relaxation even in the midst of work chaos.
TR recommendation – go download headspace a clever app that we’ve been using at TalentRocket HQ to cleanse our busy minds! Great for beginners.
3. Make Turbo Charged Outcome Plans
They say a to-do list is the secret weapon of any productive worker. We say they suck. At times when you feel swamped by the tasks you need to do, having a long list of what needs to be done makes things seem insurmountable. Instead do the following: first make a list of the outcomes you want to create. Next comes purpose; write the reasons why you want to achieve these outcomes. Trust us, motive does matter! Then underneath each outcome brain dump all the action items that deliver that outcome. Star the actions that need to be done today to deliver the outcome and schedule these into your diary.
3. Focus On One Task At A Time
Tying in with your awesome outcome plan, if you focus on each task one by one you are more likely to be able to put all of your focus onto what needs to be done. Multi-tasking is the nemesis of productivity so it is essential that you look on each job that needs doing as a fresh project.
TR recommendation – Choose to solve the outcome or do the task that will have the biggest weight on your shoulders throughout the day. This is likely to be the one you least want to do; suck it up and tackle it head on before you start your day.
4. Eat, or better still… Drink!
Being hungry is a massive focus puller in any job. Hunger will also lead to tiredness and lethargy and will give you that light-headed feeling which makes it impossible to focus. Make sure you keep some healthy, protein-rich snacks nearby when you are working hard. But make sure your not eating to escape from the stress of day to day life. We all want comforting when we’re having a bad day and most people turn to food! According to this brainy study 37% of us mistake hunger for thirst so drink water first.
TR recommendation – Keeping fed and hydrated is essential to being productive, keep a 2 litre bottle of mineral water on your desk at all times and ensure it gets filled up at least once a day, have some raw almonds handy to keep you tied over till tea time.
5. Set Meaningful Goals
With any project it is important that you look at the bigger picture to see what you are working towards. Even if you are taking tasks one by one look at what the end result will be and have larger goals that you can take pride in. We said earlier that motive does matter and if you’re working your ass off just to please your boss then you’re in the wrong job. Everything you do at work should serve a higher purpose, a purpose other than commercial gain, otherwise ask yourself “what’s the point?”
TR recommendation – Feel more productive by working for a company that matters. Join the Talent Rocket Revolution today.
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