How To Instantly Become A More Productive Employee
What is the secret to staying productive? How can you become a more productive employee? Like most things in life, there is no silver bullet. It takes discipline, water and a few other surprising small changes. Plus, the payoffs are endless! Let this post serve as a guide to help you stay on track and reach your productivity goals.
One way to become a more productive employee is to prioritize. Focus on one task at a time in order to ensure its completion. For example, many of us can relate to the never ending email threads. If you are not careful, emails can eat up an entire day’s worth of work. Instead, try creating a list every evening before you leave work. Write down all that needs to get done for tomorrow, starting with the most pressing matters first. Keeping yourself organized and not reacting to the endless flow of emails, tasks and request will keep your priorities in check.
2. Take Walks
Walks may be the most obvious way to maintain a productive day, but it is incredible how many co-workers forget to do it! In fact, I’m going to go do a lap around the building right now (Ahhh…much better). Taking a walk may be the easiest way to keep your mind fresh and sharp. Plus, walks are instant mood boosters and stress relievers. Not to mention, it gives your eyes a rest from staring at a screen all day. Taking walks can lead to happy and refreshed attitudes, which can help you have a more productive day.
Between 25% and 50% of people report feeling overwhelmed or burned out at work. Some could argue it’s the number of hours, or demanding bosses, but in reality this burnout is likely due to the continuous amount of hours we spend juggling too many things at once. In fact, when you switch from one primary task to another, you are increasing the time it takes to complete it by an average 25 percent. In order to become a more productive employee, focus on one assignment at a time. Stay fully engaged, throughout defined periods of time. This will ensure proper completion of assigned tasks and can push you that much closer to reaching your productivity goals.
4. Establish Goals
Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start when bombarded with tasks. In some cases, projects can be so daunting that it may feel like there is only one looming final deadline to reach. Pile up a few of these large projects at once, and it can be very difficult to prioritize the day-to-day. That’s why establishing small goals throughout your day can lead to a more productive workload. Practice breaking larger projects into smaller chunks. More tasks, equal more items to check off the to-do list, which ultimately instills a greater sense of accomplishment.
5. Food & Drink Health
Most can relate to the post-lunch zombie, borderline food-coma feeling. If not, consider yourself lucky. It is likely your lunch is to blame. Avoid excess fats, sugars, salts and preservatives. High protein, high fiber and antioxidant-rich lunches can help combat your post-lunch food comas, supplying you with the energy you need to power through the rest of the day. Also, check out these fatigue-fighting foods suggested by Dr. Oz. In short, skip the starches and replace them with greens and protein.
Along with food, water is just as important. According to this article by Dale Carter, a study conducted in 2013 suggests drinking water can increase productivity by 14 percent! In the article it states, “According to the researchers, a thirsty person’s brain consistently sends the message of thirst to the body. Satisfying that thirst frees the brain’s attentional resources and improves a person’s ability to function, think and perform better.” You learn something new every day!
Well there you have it, roughly five easy ways to instantly become a more productive employee. We hope implementing some or all of these will help you reach your productivity goals.
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