The workplace isn’t always the best place, but sometimes you just have to be there. And, since you have to be there, you may as well be as productive as possible. Time always flies when you’re busy or hard at work on a project. That doesn’t mean you can’t boost productivity at work!
Whether it’s a simple change in how you interact with your coworkers, or how you manage your time most efficiently, it’s important to keep in mind your productivity at work. Check out 8 ways to boost productivity at work to help you get more done in the least amount of time.
Don’t look for Perfection
Perfection does not exist, so why kill yourself trying to be or do something perfect? It’s important to be diligent in your work and do a good job, but steer clear of over-analyzing things and second guessing your work.
Always proof read the finished product, be it an email, meeting invite, or proposal. Instead of focusing on everything being perfect, focus on giving it your all. When you aren’t looking for approval from others, you will more likely find your work more productive.
At work, things can seem slow and then 0 to 100 things can get super stressful. As long as you continue to stay efficient and not let the day get to you, you’ll see peak productivity occur at your job. One way you can ensure efficiency at the job is being mindful of your tasks and responsibilities.
Always focus on the task at hand, to avoid having to go back and re-do something (so not efficient). If you are the one assigning tasks, make sure to give clear directions or instructions to colleagues. Be sure to inform them of all the information that is helpful for them to perform their task. Confirming they understand the instructions before leaving them to work will save time from mistakes and delayed turn around times.
Practicing positivity can also come in the form of having trust in your coworkers that they are just as talented as you when juggling projects. Practicing positivity is major in the work force! Always have an open mind when communicating with your colleagues.
Of course, there are times where we feel like we are super heroes and can do everything handed to us, but it’s important to share the wealth and hand projects off to others. Being kind to others is contagious, so share the positivity and others will be kind to you. You’ll be more likely to get that promotion due to your positive attitude compared to the next person who is always grumpy.
Obtain the right tools
When you have the right tools to fulfill your job duty, you’re more than likely to excel at the job that’s asked of you. Tools can be anything from learning materials to a professional work mentality. When you’re at work, understand what it takes for you to get your job done, and work hard to maintain it.
Staying focused is a major tool that a lot of people have a hard time grasping. Once you have the tools you need to complete a project or a day’s work, be sure to be prepared for the next day. Not every day will be the same, so be open and flexible to change.
Distractions are one the biggest reasons for low productivity levels at work Stay clear from work gossip and drama. You never know who is listening. The last thing you want to end up is in Human Resources because you’ve been caught up in he-say, she-say of the office.
Instead, keep your mind focused on the projects at hand and doing a good job at them. Usually when you are busy with work there is no time for distractions anyway. Of course, distractions may be inevitable, but don’t let them consume your whole day!
Setting goals for yourself while at work helps you stay on track. A lot of times we lose track of time and things slip our minds. When we have goals set in place for ourselves, we are more inclined to double our productivity to reach those goes.
Whether you prefer hand written notes to yourself or alerts on your mobile device, remind yourself of the goals you’ve set. Get specific with your goals and create daily tasks and reminders to help make them more attainable on a short-term basis. Read Setting Goals for Your Career for a few tips.
Focus on Learning and Teaching Skills
Learning new skills is an essential part of growing and excelling in your career. You might learn something no one in the department has learned yet, so sharing the wealth will not only better your company, but will show leadership to your manager.
Don’t stay stagnant with what you know, it’s good to always learn new skills no matter how difficult they may seem. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes when learning a new skill. The thing to remember is that you are taking charge and making moves. You aren’t waiting for new skills to come to you.
Maximize Office Down Time
Sometimes, we are just too efficient for our own good! When efficiency and proper time management skills combine, it may result in office down time. Instead of perusing social media, chatting with co-workers, or twiddling your thumbs, maximize the down time.
There are plenty of things you can do to make the most of your free time at work. Since free time at the office may not be abundant, do what you can. Read 6 Ideas to Maximize Office Down Time for some suggestions.
Trying to incorporate these simple tips can definitely go a long way. Say bye-bye to those lazy, long work days, and hello to progress! What tips would you like to share to help with those struggling with boosting their productivity? Check us out on Facebook, and like our page. Also, stay up to speed on what the CGS community up to through Twitter and Instagram @citygirlsavings.