Finding ways for you to increase productivity at work is important, especially with the new onslaught of the “work less, work smart” motto. Instead of procrastinating and trying to do a bunch of different activities at once, use these tips within your organization or department and practice them in order to increase productivity.
1. Think about your crucial results. Figure out your list of objectives that need to be done during your workday in order to move your projects or goals forward. This can be done using a spreadsheet or by manually creating a simple and easy to follow list. List your top 3 crucial results for each day.
2. Use resources that make life easier. Using new and innovative apps can help organize your life and time effectively. Apps such as Boomerang, RescueTime and Evernote are all apps that can help with controlling your emails, creating reports breaking down how you’re spending your time and being able to access your notes from your computer or mobile app respectively.
3. Prioritize. It seems obvious, but it is important to prioritize your most important task first.
4. Complete tasks in batches. Complete activities that are related to each other in order to reduce time wasted getting back into your rhythm of catching up with what you were doing. Set meetings back-to-back, answer voice-mails and emails for a chunk of time during your workday.
5. Nourish your body. Eat healthy foods throughout the day to avoid crashes and keep yourself fueled properly longer. Planning ahead and packing lunches will also save you time by reducing the amount of time it takes to go out and purchase.
6. Tune out. Turn off your gadgets for times when you really need to tune in. By turning off your gadgets, you are less likely to break your flow of working by answering a call or text.
7. Organize your work space. Having less clutter around your workplace can actually decrease your anxiety, thereby increasing your focus on work. Finding documents and paperwork will also be easier with a more organized work space.
8. Say no. Colleagues or managers will inevitably disrupt your work at some point or another during work in regards to something. Saying no to taking on more unnecessary things will help you stay on track and keep focused on your highest leverage activities.