Losing focus? Do you want to be more productive? These top five tips can help you improve and increase your productivity at work.
- Plan your day the night before. Set-aside a few minutes in the evening, between dinner and bedtime, to get organised ahead of your busy day. Whether that’s choosing your outfit, organising your lunch or packing your bag, being prepared the night before can ensure your morning begins smoothly and you’ll have less stress first thing. You’re bound to sleep better too, knowing that you’re ready for the day ahead.
- Create a to-do list every morning or brainstorm for the day ahead during your commute to work. Having a list in front you is great for reminding you about what needs to be done, and ticking each item off as you go can keep you motivated and help you get more work completed during your day.
- Stop multi-tasking. Some say multi-tasking is a great asset to have, but when it comes down to getting work done, it can actually impede you rather than help. Moving back and forth between different tasks wastes your productivity. It affects how much you get done as you’re not fully focused on one task and it will slow you down, rather than saving time as we would expect it to. So focus on one topic at a time!
- Optimise your work schedule – when are you most productive? Is it in the morning, afternoon or evening? If you find that you can concentrate better and get more work done in the morning, optimise your work schedule according to this - match your tasks to your energy levels. This will help you organise your workload effectively.
- Working in short bursts and taking regular breaks can actually be more effective for your productivity. If you’re spending a lot of time on a project or task and find yourself getting distracted or losing focus, you probably need to give your brain a rest. Set a timer or work in intervals of 90 minutes. We focus better in short bursts, so working on one topic for this duration and then moving onto something else can improve your productivity and how much work you actually get done. Take a few minutes away from the screen when you feel that you need it, whether it’s to get a coffee or walk around the office, you’ll be ready to get back to it.