All of us will face a work slump, you’re staring at your work but you just don’t care. Break that cycle before stress sets in. Getting your work back on track can be tricky. It’s much easier to procrastinate, and before you know things are out of control. But don’t stress with these 3 quick ways to be more productive at work you’ll be back on track in no time.
We should start this by saying productivity at work is the responsibility of both the employer and the employee. We’ve covered the employers side of things, you can read that here, but as an employee you also have responsibility to the company to do your best. It’s also good for your own confidence and overall mental outlook if you feel composed and in charge of your workload. If things start to slip, don’t worry, it happens to everyone. And if you’re feeling stuck these tips can help.
Effective time management is a trait that very few people are able to acquire. Oftentimes, we are able to do a lot more if we manage our time better. Make a list of the tasks you have to complete at the beginning of each day. Break these tasks into small steps and allocate times to complete each step. Schedule these tasks into 30 minute or 1 hour intervals to make it easier for you to complete. If a task is taking too long, consider dropping it as you may be suffering from fatigue. For example, if a task that usually takes 30mins has pushed into 50, just leave it and move on. Come back to it again later and you’ll be surprised how quickly you’ll blitz through it.
Create Your Own Deadlines
Knowing that a project is due in two weeks doesn’t mean that you should wait until the night before to start putting it together. Create your own deadlines to ensure that you complete your projects in advance. Stop using the excuse that you work best under pressure – the reality is pressure often doesn’t allow us to be more productive at work. Leaving things for the very last minute creates unnecessary pressure and stress that you can avoid if you structure your time better. Try to have major reports, presentations done at least one day in advance of when they are due. This will save unnecessary stress and give you time to have the ideas working through your mind in the background. It also allows for a cushion, should you realise that you’ve forgotten something minor.
Take Short Breaks
Taking short breaks during long tasks can make it easier to complete them. Your brain needs some time to recharge. Taking breaks often leads to an increased ability to approach a task from a fresh perspective. Get up and walk around, have a drink of water. Maybe just close your eyes and take some deep breaths. Best yet is if you can get outside. Even a minute or two fresh can help bring clarity and focus. Of course, this might not be feasible for everyone but taking a very brief break is really useful to help you get stuck in again. That may be just what you need to create a winning presentation.
Remember these are just 3 quick ways to be more productive at work there are plenty more out there. And if you find that you are struggling more than you think you should, don’t be afraid to speak up. It might be a case that something in your life is little off kilter or perhaps you don’t have the tools you need to get the job done effectively. In those instances speak with a peer or your manager as a fresh perspective can help. If you’ve struggled before let us know your top tip in the comments. What is your best method for being more productive at work?