Work From Home setups look like they’re not going anywhere in the next couple of years as more and more companies and businesses embrace the culture. It’s nice to be working comfortably in your own home, but people living the lifestyle, especially in this pandemic, definitely have seen the drawbacks of being cooped up indoors for long periods of time.
If you’re also having challenges being more productive at work, whether in an office setup or at home, this article is for you.
Looking for Motivation is a Myth
You have to understand that to boost your productivity, you don’t need to look for motivation. It’s the small, simple steps that you take towards productivity!
- Create a clean, appealing, and comfortable workspace that’s free from distractions.
- Write down your weekly, daily goals and to-do lists so you can prioritize and delegate tasks efficiently.
- Don’t forget to move around, take breaks, stretch, and switch work locations to avoid feeling stuck.
There are already thousands of tools one can make use of to get more things done in less time. There are also simpler things you can do and incorporate into your routines like taking mini-breaks in between work, creating to-do lists, and avoiding social media, but these are habits that need to be carried out, to be improved on if you’re hoping to keep things together. Here are some strategies you can implement to increase your productivity.
1. Organize and streamline your space
It’s been proven time and again that working in an organized and clutter-free space is conducive to productivity. An organized and clutter-free environment helps with clarity and helps you work faster, with better results. By cleaning up and sorting your space, you find necessary things right away and greatly increase your productivity.
2. Decorate your workspace
Decorating your workspace with your personal effects and knickknacks improves the mood and helps you feel relaxed, which results in increased productivity. Whether you’re decorating your desk at the office or your little work nook at home, personalizing or giving your workspace a touch of color amps up productivity and motivation. Plants or anything green is also soothing for the work environment, so it’s a good idea to reach out to your plant mom friends for some trimmings. You can also check out your favorite online stores for motivational posters and cute calendars.
3. Prioritize and delegate your tasks
When we get to work right away without prioritizing tasks based on importance or difficulty, it could feel like climbing a steep mountain. Finishing off the backlogs definitely improves productivity as it motivates you to do more the moment harder tasks are out of the way. The rest of the workday could be a breeze afterward. You may keep track of them and manage your tasks better with apps like Evernote, Google Tasks, or any other task management software out there that your company might be already using.
4. Identify your most productive work time
Let’s be honest. Not everyone can function great at work at a 9-5 schedule. People have varying times when they’re productive. Some people are night owls, some people do well in the mornings. For people who work at home, figuring out a schedule when you work best is the most strategic thing you can do. Time tracking apps like Hubstaff or Toggle Track have features that allow you to observe your work performance every day. If you’re looking to make a difference in the world while you’re doing office tasks, the Forest app plants trees on your behalf every time you focus at work.
5. Take breaks, move around, and stretch
Humans aren’t machines, and even machines need to cool down too so it’s only sensible to take breaks in between work. Going out for a walk, visiting your favorite chilling spot, or reading something for leisure are just a few ways you can take a break. It’s been proven that breaks actually clear your head and improve focus, so apps such as Insight Timer and Headspace can help you with meditation
Stretching and moving around is just as important as resting times in between tasks because it releases tension and discomfort in your body after hours working on tasks. Movement and simple exercises also maintain your posture and prevent your hands and body from getting injuries.
This may not be a conclusive list of ways to improve productivity at work, but the steps are simple enough for anyone to follow. However, if you’re really determined to boost your productivity, perhaps getting help with your tasks is the better option for you.
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