Today’s post was written by business contributor Dianna Goldman
The key to productivity is good work habits rather than the amount of hours you spend at your desk. Many people sit at their desks from nine to five only to finish the day having done very little valuable work. However, as with all habits, work habits can be changed and productivity levels can be increased. Here are a few tips to help you get more done in less time. [Editor's Note: Don't forget to check our other articles on managing your time and tips to save time during work]
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
People who are well rested work far more productively than people who stay up late into the night. Staying up late to get work done may seem like a good idea to some, but more often than not you’ll get the same work done much more quickly and effectively if you get up early to do it in the morning rather than at night.
Distractions differ from one workplace to another. If you work from home, try to find a work space where you won’t be disturbed by children, animals or your partner. The noise in a busy office environment can be blocked out by earplugs or headphones. Classical or instrumental music is a good choice if you want to listen to music while you work as you won’t be distracted by the lyrics.
Break Tasks Down
It’s all well and good making a to-do list, but if the tasks aren’t broken down into manageable chunks, you’ll become overwhelmed and you’ll avoid tackling them. If the big tasks are broken down, you’ll be far more likely to tackle them bit by bit and it’ll be all the more satisfying because you’ll be able to tick different items off your to-do list as you go.
Don’t Try to Multitask
Multitasking has come to be seen as skill, but multitasking can actually be detrimental to the quality of your work. Studies have shown that multitasking lowers IQ more than being stoned, so don’t even try to get eight things done at once. If you have eight things to do, prioritise and tackle them one by one. You’ll feel less stressed, you’ll work more quickly and you’ll complete the tasks to a much higher standard than if you had multitasked.
By sitting at a desk, slaving away for hours on end, you are not necessarily being productive. You’re far more likely to be productive if you make some of the above tips part of your work habits. If you do improve your productivity levels, you’ll find that you can do more and spend less time at it, thus freeing up time for other tasks or for some much deserved time off.
About the Author
This article was written by Diana Goldman, an office administrator who orders office supplies online for her workplace.