Whether you are working from home or are already back working in your office, productivity is something that you probably struggle with nowadays. With technology now literally at our arms reach that we can always bring with us wherever we go, it’s easy to fall victim to distractions at work.
As we become more technologically advanced and our work culture evolves, we should find better ways to stay focused and be more productive. Aside from the traditional to-do list, here are some tips that you can incorporate into your daily work routine to optimize your day and level up your productivity at work.
3 Tips to Boost Productivity at Work
Use Time Management Methods
There are many time management methods you can learn on the internet. Examples of these are Pomodoro, the eat that frog method, and the Kaban Technique.
The Pomodoro Technique is when you choose one specific task and set a timer for 25 minutes. Focus on finishing that task within the allotted time. Afterward, you can then take a 5-minute break. Do this set 4 times and treat yourself to a 30-minute break. This is best for transactional items that you just need to finish and focus on at a certain time.
As for the “Eat the Frog” Method, start with the task that you feel is the hardest to do. It is called “eat the frog” because it feels like doing something you don’t like.
If you want an organized way of categorizing your list of projects and to-dos, then Kanban Technique is something that you should look into. Since everyone has different roles and jobs, it is best to try and find out what time management method works for you and suits your needs.
These time management methods are effective if you make them a part of your daily system, and they will help you organize your work for the day. These techniques help you become more disciplined by providing a framework for what your day should look like.
This, in a way, gives you a sense of comfort knowing that you will still have time to do things that you enjoy if you can schedule them appropriately.
Keep Your Energy Levels Balanced Throughout the Day
Together with time management, we should also learn how to balance our energy throughout the day. Think of your energy level as the same as the battery of your phone. It drains faster when you use your device for apps that require more processing, such as a video game, video recording, and uploading posts on social media.
To ensure that our phone batteries last the day, we either use them at the bare minimum or bring battery packs with us. Unlike phones, we don’t have battery packs, but we can take breaks between our tasks to restore our energy in the middle of the day.
Another way we can boost our daily energy levels is by ensuring that we eat healthily and take supplements to give us optimum energy to do more throughout the day.
Though we know that for some, preparing a healthy meal does take some of your precious time from work. You can try to do meal preparation for the week or take superfood powders that you can easily prepare during your busy days.
Declutter and Organize
The physical environment where we work has a significant impact on our productivity. We are a mess when our environment is a mess. That is undoubtedly true from a simple logistical standpoint: every time we look for a misplaced paper on a cluttered desk, we waste valuable work time.
It is the same for those who are working on their computers or laptops since there are instances when you have to find a particular file that you saved a few months ago. Removing unnecessary items in our workspace will help us become more focused because we have fewer distractions.
Remember to not be too hard on yourself if you don’t have a sudden productivity boost. Instead, redirect your efforts and continue to put these tips into action daily. In time, you will be amazed how much more work you can get done both in and out of the office after you have implemented these strategies.
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