Do you ever feel your focus is drifting at work? Maybe, many of us do. Do you ever look down at the clock and realize you have wasted half an hour at work? Maybe, many of us do. I think you wish you had eight functional arms to get more work done, but unfortunately, that is not feasible!
What can be feasible for you is that you can find some productivity hacks that can enable you to get more done in less time.
Here are some of them that you can use in a tailored way.
Starting the Day Off Right
First, do remember that you can’t multitask. It’s a productivity killer. There is evidence that indicates multitasking may actually be harming your brain. So, stop trying to do everything at once. Prioritize the day’s work and map out what you need to do that way, and in what order you will do them. Becoming familiar with your peak productivity time should help you plan and increase productivity while enabling you to focus on one task at a time. When your attention starts drifting toward something else, think about how vital it is to keep all your little gray cells.
Setting a deadline can enable you to focus more on working on your individual duties. You will subconsciously be aware of the fact that there is an assignment they have to finish under a certain deadline. As an employee, you should be able to track the amount of time you are going to take to finish a task.
Prepare a To-Do List Everyday
Every workday is unique. With fewer companies and employees sticking to a traditional 9-to-5 workday schedule, the differences in workdays are becoming more pronounced. But you can put those differences aside if you have a to-do list. To-do lists are important aids. They help you stay organized, focused, and also reward you with the feelings of satisfaction when you check off things at the end of the day that you have accomplished.
Delegation tasks to employees properly help them grow and develop their abilities. They can pick up new skills that make them more valuable to your organization and become more versatile. For any managers and business people, proper delegation of tasks is like a polar bear swim; they dive in with enthusiasm but jump out just as fast. Do you know why it happens? Assigning tasks to employees gives the manager or leader even more to do and they have to supervise someone else’s progress on top of doing their own, but if doing so while they are doing their task, it’s not delegating, it’s micromanaging.
So, when you delegate tasks, delegate properly. The key is to assign the task to someone who you know has the skills to accomplish the task and that you can trust to get that done. And, then leave them to do it. It may take some getting used to, but you will be surprised how productive you can be when you really let go.
Workplace distractions are inevitable. You may find one of your colleagues wanting to help you while there is one coming to you and starts talking of no use taking morning tea. Some workplace distractions are welcome and help to break up the day. We understand that a reasonable level of distraction can be tolerated. But, the real problems start when your team is so easily distracted and that it becomes a constant battle to keep them on task.
In order to prevent workplace distractions, you may introduce a formal process to handle it. If it comes to your notice that people in your organization are going directly to a certain helpful team member all the time, it would be effective for you to introduce a process where that request is sent to a support queue instead.
Stay fit, stay healthy. It means the healthier you are, the more productive you will be. And the more productive you become at work, the more time you can spend doing at what you like.
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