Are you a procrastinator? 5 ways to be more productive in work
We’re sharing some useful information that might help you be more productive at work and help put an end to those workplace weaknesses you might’ve fallen into lately. Something.
At work, we’re often told that time is critical. Every minute matters. Deadlines loom. Your to-do list is chock-full of tasks, but you’ve barely made a start on them. Even so, we still seem to make room for a spot of procrastination.
Whether it’s the urge to check social media, a chinwag with your colleagues about that new Netflix series or you’re making the 7th cup of coffee that day, it’s the devil on our shoulder that’s there to distract us. All well and good, but putting off work will only make things worse in the long run.
And while we appreciate the irony that you might be reading this at work, we’ll let you off this time, because we’re sharing some useful information that might help you be more productive at work and help put an end to those workplace weaknesses you might’ve fallen into lately.
1. Take regular breaks
We know this one might sound a bit counterintuitive since we want you to be more productive, but hear us out. If your concentration is starting to dip, then taking scheduled breaks might help.
Breaking up long tasks with short breathers helps you maintain performance. If you’re grinding away for hours, then chances are your focus and dedication to the task will begin declining. So, go make that cup of coffee, clear your head with a brisk stroll or check your phone – we’re allowing it.
2. Follow the “two-minute rule”
Take a look at your to-do list (if you don’t have one, you should definitely make one). Is there anything on there you could complete in two minutes? If you said yes, then congratulations – you just followed the “two-minute rule”.
Entrepreneur Steve Olenski contends that the rule means that the completion of these small tasks takes less time than getting back to them later, so it’s worth striking off a few tiny to-dos before you focus on the big stuff.
3. Stop with the multi-tasking
You might think that being able to juggle several different tasks at once is a show of shrewd workday acumen, but perhaps it’s time to think again. After all, anyone can get saddled with tons of work but if none of that work is getting completed, or if distractions and carelessness begin to creep in, that’s when problems build and the work piles up.
It’s better to focus on one thing before moving onto the next. Taking your time and finishing each task first might show less dynamism but it’s better than sloppily completing several tasks together.
4. Turn off notifications, get rid of distractions
The bane of any smooth-running working day, the temptation to check your Facebook, tweet something out and just generally see what others should be getting up to instead of working always lures you away from getting stuff done.
Turn off any social media or personal emails notifications. Better yet, find a web page blocker to truly nip any cheeky social media peaks in the bud. That way you won’t be tempted to see if anyone’s commented on your latest cat picture you surreptitiously posted while no one was looking.
5. Watch what you’re eating
That big heavy lunch might’ve seemed like a great idea at the time, but now you’ve crashed. You’re slugging, unmotivated, and unfocused. Not what you need when the work’s piled up, and deadlines are on the horizon.
Try snacking on foods rich in protein, fibre and anti-oxidants so you don’t feel the need to gorge on those slump-inducing lunches. Things like granola and berries fill you up, so ditch the sugary drinks and fatty foods if you want to maintain performance and productivity.
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