10 guaranteed ways to boost productivity at work
Ever wondered why you are marched up to the boss more often than your peers for lack of productivity? Time to reflect on the techniques you've been employing and change them pronto
Ever wondered why you are marched up to the boss more often than your peers for lack of productivity? Time to reflect on the techniques you've been employing and change them pronto. Shruti Tomar lists 10 sure shot ways to enhance productivity at work.
What is it that you could do to change your situation at work? A lot. Set yourself up to stride ahead with confidence. Create little habits that help you along the way and become a part of your mental makeup. We list 10 vital mental practices that you must take up to further your goals.
1) Empty the mind - A simple thing that most of us don't do. Every little thing zipping around your head should be on paper. You think of a task that you need to do in the middle of something else, jot it down and come back to it later. Knowing that you've got it down someplace lends a sense of peace and frees up mental space to concentrate on the task at hand.
2) Zero in on the thing that will push you ahead - Stop spinning your wheels by keeping things in perspective. Look at all that you've got on your plate and ascertain that one thing that will aid you in propelling your professional goals. Keep track of trends and developments in your field of work or area of interest, how peers or seniors have climbed up the ladder and what is feasible for you to do.
3)Line up your top to-dos for the day - Big or small, set your goals for the day. Either at the start or end of each day, narrow in on your top three priorities. The human brain can only remember three things well and will look in the immediate environment for ways to achieve those three tasks. Anything beyond three is a burden. So why waste time? Cull three goals for each day and aim to complete those by the end of the day.
4) How are you utilising your time? The importance of this point cannot be emphasised enough. If you can, create a log for each day or a week, if you have the patience, on how you spent each working hour. Might be annoying but it will be an eye-opening exercise. Evaluate how you've been spending your time. Did you spend enough time on your top tasks of the day? Did you spend way too much time Facebook-ing? Did procrastination get the better of you? How can you save time on regular tasks?
5) Get unimportant tasks out of the way - If there is a way of getting out of or simply not doing these unimportant tasks, then do it. If not, then you should assign a strict time to it and get it out of the way. No time should be spent on that task beyond that time limit.
6) 'No' is also an option - You will have to say NO - so find a way to do so. To get to your goal, there will be several things along the way that you'll have to say no to. Amidst all the niceties, politeness, political correctness and spiritual bent of mind, you have to remain focused on what your ultimate goal is. Adapt some templates or lines that will make saying no sound easy.
7) Get your thoughts on the track to success - Your mental energy is spent on a variety of things through the day, so watch your thoughts. Expend all that energy towards your aim. Do all your strategic thinking at the start of the day and use the fag end of your day for things that are not too important on your to-do list.
8) Get rid of noise - Our mind stores everything. Miniscule things like tweets, updates, background music, grocery lists etc. So de-clutter of all the noise in your mind. All those notifications on the phone, things stuffed in your fridge, your over-flowing bathroom cabinet - reduce, decrease and lessen. Free up your mind space for things that are more important.
9) Throw multi-tasking out of the window - Single-task. Continuous emailing and WhatsApp-ing knocks down your useful IQ. Multi-tasking, in fact, wastes more energy that it saves. So, concentrate on that one task at hand and get it done. Switch off the chat, phone, app and anything else eating up your time and put all of it in to a slot assigned for it. Single-tasking gets more done.
10) Take a break - It's important to take breaks in between your work to recharge. Take a small break every couple of hours. It helps increase productivity, remain focused, save energy and eventually achieve what you aimed for a lot faster.
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