Not all our workdays are productive and there are moments when you have little motivation to do anything. However, there are strategies you can put in place to help you get the most out of your workday. In this guide, we’re going to look at just a few simple practices to take on board:
Take more breaks
While it may seem like the opposite, the more breaks you take throughout the day, the more productive you’ll be. When you become overtired, you’re less likely to concentrate on your tasks which in turn, reduces your productivity. This occurs when your brain has used up all of its stored glucose which in turn, causes you to feel run down and exhausted. Whenever you can feel your energy starting to plummet, go for a walk or meditate and you’ll come back to your desk feeling refreshed and ready to start again. Visualise a successful day
Do you ever wake up in the morning and are filled with dread about the day ahead? If this is the case, you’re already setting yourself up for a non-productive day. When you’re starting the day in a negative mood and lacking in motivation, you’re not in the frame of mind to get all of your tasks completed. As a result, you need to visualize yourself being proud at 5pm when the working day is over to push through some of your biggest challenges. Cut out distractions
If you have been working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, you may have found that there are many distractions in the home that are preventing you from carrying out your tasks accordingly. This is especially true if you haven’t found a suitable room in to work in, or you have children to look after. However, you must find a way to cut out distractions during your work hours to stay on task. Stop multi-tasking
Although you may believe that multi-tasking is the ideal way to complete your duties by the deadline, it can hinder your productivity. Your brain can only focus on one thing at a time, therefore, bombarding yourself with several tasks is likely to make you stall. The bottom line is that less is more, so carry out the most important tasks first and tick them off as you go through the list. Set boundaries
If you’re a ‘people-pleaser’, it’s highly likely that you’ll always say ‘yes’ to others when you know you can’t handle it, simply because you’re afraid of saying ‘no’. This will not only hinder your productivity but will also cause you to feel stressed and overworked. Be polite but firm if you feel it’s something, you’re unable to take on outside of your assigned tasks.
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