There are so many ways to become more productive, from time management to colour-coordinated spreadsheets. However, some methods are more fun and less obvious than others, such as the five we’ve rustled up for you below.
Working more doesn’t mean you’ll get more work done
We’re all used to thinking that productivity means working more. It doesn’t. It means working more efficiently.
Employee A arrives at the office earlier than everyone else, doesn’t take a break except for a rushed lunch at their desk, leaves later than required, and then crashes when they get home.
Employee B gets a little extra sleep, arrives when expected, works throughout the day but makes sure to stretch their legs occasionally, has lunch in the staff room or outside, leaves on time, and then spends the evening doing things that they enjoy.
There’s a chance that Employee A might actually get more work done on some days, yet it won’t be long before they become physically and mentally exhausted. This will greatly affect their productivity levels, not to mention their morale and wellbeing, and most likely result in sickness. Meanwhile, Employee B is happy, healthy and productive throughout the week.
So whilst you may think that all-nighters, missed meals and working throughout your commute is the best way to cram in more work, you really need to consider the long-term impact to both your health and your output.
Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day
Eating a morning meal does to the rest of your system what caffeine does to the brain. Providing that you eat the right things, a good breakfast will wake you up and get you ready for the day ahead, paying off for hours to come. There are all kinds of things that you can choose for your breakfast, just make sure that the portion is right for you and that the food contains fibre, vitamins, protein and minerals. Drinking two glasses of chilled water before you set off to work is also an excellent way to rehydrate and boost the metabolism.
Don’t chain yourself to the desk
Yes, the majority of your work will most likely take place at your desk, but that doesn’t mean you should stay there all day. Aside from the body becoming stiff and the eyes getting tired from staring at a screen, remaining in the same place for prolonged periods really isn’t good for your mental health. Even if you only take a break for five minutes every hour, it gives you the opportunity to refresh your mind and stretch your limbs, which will greatly aid your work rate.
Having a natter shouldn’t be prohibited
A quiet office isn’t necessarily a productive one. Some people require social interaction or music in the background to get their work done, which should be respected just as much as those who prefer absolute silence. By striking a balance in your work environment that fits the individuals that populate it, you’ll find that everyone gets more done.
Holidays are essential
Aside from giving the HR department a headache, sacrificing your annual leave isn’t good for you. We all need time off now and then, so plan yours to a calendar that best suits your preference for rest and relaxation, whether that’s a fortnight away in a distant country, or single days off to enjoy with the kids. By using your allotted holiday time, your annual work output will remain consistent and favourable.
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