5 Methods to Boost Productivity
Spring has sprung, and so has 75-degree weather, the start of kickball season, and the sixth season of Game of Thrones. How can we boost productivity in the workplace with so many enticing distractions? While we do support insane amounts of caffeine consumption, that is not our long term solution. We have come up with a few tried and true methods for building productive work habits that stick.
Take a Break
Time spent working is not an accurate means to measure performance or efficiency. We are not robots. Our brains can only focus on the same task for so long. Schedule breaks into your day to get up and walk around, meditate, or have a snack. Once you’re rejuvenated, get back at it.
Tackle Challenging Tasks First
Or whenever your body’s natural rhythms are at their peak. As the day progresses, many peoples’ energy wanes, making it easier to put off tasks that require a lot of brainpower.
According to Inc., multitasking lowers your work quality and efficiency. “Multitasking makes it more difficult to organize thoughts and filter out irrelevant information, and it reduces the efficiency and quality of our work.” Furthermore, Forbes suggests that changing tasks more than 10 times a day drops your IQ an average of 10 points! We are constantly being pinged with emails and texts. Commit to checking and responding to your emails only a few times a day. Then do the same with your phone.
Set a Timer and Complete One Task
Many people get more done when they have less time. Create a reasonable deadline for yourself, identify a specific task that needs to be completed, and see if you can accomplish it before the buzzer goes off. Oh, and turn off or remove distraction. Snapchat can wait.
Research suggests that meditation is a miracle anti-pill that can increase focus, reduce stress, slash risks of depression, etc. The list goes on and hundreds of studies have proven it. It’s hard to take 5 or 10 minutes out of our hectic lives to just sit but over time those 10 minutes will buy you hours of improved focus. Download Headspace and complete the first 10 guided meditations for free.
After 10 minutes of meditation we sat down to write this blog post. With a timer set for 60 minutes we got to writing. We took one 7-minute break and finished this post with 5 minutes to spare. Dang. It really works.