Have you found yourself staring out the window at the beautiful fall weather only to realize you’ve wasted half the day?
Staying productive at work can be a task in itself sometimes, especially when there’s a project or task that you just keep putting off. No matter how much you love your job, there are certain things that can prevent all of us from being productive sometimes. This can lead to stress or missed deadlines. If you’ve struggled to get things done lately, it’s time to make some changes.
Here are 4 things you can do to improve your productivity this week:
- Give yourself quick 5-10 minute breaks. These quick breaks can give you clarity, especially when working on a large task. Step away from the task at hand and your desk to gain some inspiration and get some exercise. These are great times to get outside for some fresh air!
- Set aside a “power hour” on your calendar. A power hour is one hour to get stuff done. Don’t allow yourself to get distracted during this time, and try your best to get rid of any distracting technology (goodbye, cell phone). Don’t allow anyone to interrupt you during this time as you focus on the task at hand.
- Don’t allow email to become a distraction. Do you allow that little red (1) next to your email to distract you? It’s easy to constantly check email and ensure we never have something that needs to be read, but this can be horribly distracting for you. Set aside certain times that you will check email and don’t even look at it outside of those times.
- Stay away from those pointless meetings. Before setting up a meeting, figure out if it really needs to be a meeting. Is it something that can be sent via email or other work communication tools? If so, utilize everyone’s time wisely and don’t schedule the meeting.
Taking these simple steps will allow you to get more done and stay productive. Keep a positive attitude and stay focused. You’ve got this!