“Productivity” may seem like a buzzword, but there are concrete ways you can make the most of your time at work. This post provides some strategies you can use to boost your professional productivity.
On the surface, multitasking can seem like a way to get more done in a shorter period of time. However, multitasking is “less productive than doing a single thingÂ at a time,” according to Forbes.com. In short, you’ll be doing two (or more) tasks poorly instead of doing one task well. To fight off the temptation to multitask, try blocking off time each day to focus solely on one task. And if distractions like social media and cell phones are your kryptonite, try installing distraction-blocking apps or turning off your phone from time to time.
Get Enough Rest
Many people try to boost their productivity by working long hours, either by rising early, working late, or both. That can be a short-term fix to get through a particularly busy period, but it is not productive in the long run. Fatigued workers may suffer from loss of focus, irritability, and even health problems. A well-rested employee will likely beÂ just as, if not more, productiveÂ over 8 hours of work than an exhausted one will be over longer hoursâ€”and they’ll feel better, to boot.
Set Accountability Standards
If you’re the procrastinating type orÂ simply someone who thrives on deadlines, setting up accountability standards with your coworkers can be a way to keep you on task and productive. Continually check in with your teammates to see when they are expecting deliverables or information from you, and strive to meet that goal. Weekly check-in meetingsâ€”even if shortâ€”with managers or peers can be another way to give yourself frequent milestones to hit.
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