Have you ever felt ending a workday unaccomplished? unproductive? Being productive at work is difficult. Usually jotting down a plan, a list, a goal as a guide on how our day may proceed can help a lot, but by the end of the day, we find a lot in our to-do list unchecked.
Managing time may be one of the ways that is a conducive key to productivity. If you feel that you do not have time to do everything you want to do, it is a high time to check with your time management skills. No one is born to be very good at time management, so accept that it is your weakness. But everyone can learn to boost their productivity and achieve more.
Below are some of the tips to increase productivity at workplace:
- Eliminate distractions.
Work distractions include smartphones and other gadgets used to open personal email, social media, games and shopping apps. These are the biggest workplace productivity killers. Being able to access them during work consumes a lot of time, especially when you were already enjoying browsing, posting, chatting and tend of forgetting your work priorities. They must be set aside to focus on tasks which needs to be completed.
Social media has invaded the workplace. In some instances, it will require employees to access these for work related activities, however the available distractions are just there that can lose our control and their effect on productivity can outweigh the positives. Have a clear focus on what is your priority at work and ensure you hit your target for the day.
- Find meaning in what you do (and love what you do).
Enjoying what you do is the ultimate way to increase productivity at work. It is possible to work happily and find meaning in your own job by not taking it for granted, turning your career decisions into reality, understanding fully why you work, placing value on the work you do, and having the right attitude because it is immensely powerful and a precursor to being happy. When you love your work, you are motivated and this helps you to increase your efficiency.
- Stay organized
There are many ways to be organized and it is very necessary because it is a waste of time when looking for documents missing in a poorly organized filing. It is vital to keep track of all your responsibilities. If your work is done in the computer, then you may open yourself a spreadsheet or a word document and encode the rest of your tasks for the week (month or year). You may save the file in your computer’s desktop and always remember to open throughout the day and check regularly to ensure key tasks are being accomplished. A table calendar or a business diary can also guide you to keep track of the tasks you need to complete for the day.
The piles of papers around your desk can be a huge barrier on your productivity. Optimize your time by organizing your office, setting up a system and dumping the junk.
Yes, you heard it right!
Studies show that there are lots of benefits of laughter in the workplace. Laughing is a major coping mechanism and gives you better memory retention. It pays to keep in mind how important it is to laugh in the workplace. So long as it cannot interfere with you tasks at hand, try to have a good laugh from time to time at work especially with work mates. Laughter fosters a positive work environment and helps you recharge. It can also boost creativity, thus, increases on your productivity at the workplace.
BRAYAN B. GARCES
Administrative Assistant III