Business is all about getting as much done as possible because time is essentially money. In order to seize the day and pull ahead of the competition, productivity is an integral part of the entire process. Sometimes, though, being a productive person has its challenges. If you want to continue working on mastering the art of productivity, give these tips and tricks a try.
Some of the tips might seem odd, but do not knock them until testing them out first!
1. Move About the Office
Do you sit in the same spot for hours on end, in an environment that is rather unstimulating and tedious? This is destroying your productivity before it even gets off the ground. If you don’t have a laptop or all-in-one tablet, consider buying one. This will allow you to move around the office, go outside, or find a productive space without having to leave your work behind. By changing your environment, you wake up your senses and will be able to focus better.
2. Track Your Time
What I’m talking about here is transforming work into a game. Nothing gets people moving faster towards an objective than watching a countdown clock. Next time you have something to write up, give yourself a set duration to complete it, set the stopwatch, then see how fast you can complete the task. Keep track of which tasks are easier to complete than others so you can learn how to delegate your objectives throughout the day better.
3. Be Accountable for Results
The idea of transparency might scare some people, but there is a reason for that. Transparency keeps people accountable for how they spend their time. If everyone has to report at the end of the day about what they accomplished, then everyone is going to want to do something productive. This is one way to get everyone on the same page and working as a unified force rather than disjointedly. I recommend sharing your top victory for the day at your next daily huddle.
4. Take Cold Showers
Yes, cold showers are uncomfortable, but that discomfort does remarkable things to the mind. Rather than entering trance-like relaxation first thing in the morning, you are actively waking up the brain. You’re challenging your willpower, and you’re actually moving quite quickly to get out of the shower and on with other parts of the day. Also, cold showers have great health benefits, like stress and depression relief, reducing muscle soreness, and increasing alertness.
5. Switch Up Routines
Boring repetition is the enemy of productivity. Doing the same thing the same way every single day puts you into a zombie-like state. Switching your routine can be as easy as changing the order of how you go about your morning, like deciding to write a blog first thing, scheduling your most important meetings, or getting your networking calls made right away.
6. Try a Treadmill Desk
Movement gets the blood flowing. This is why so many successful people get exercise throughout the day because that momentum carries into other facets of life. Now, you don’t have to go out and buy an actual treadmill desk for your office (though some cool ones exist), but you should try to walk around during break time or in clips throughout the day to keep the blood and ideas flowing. I get also like using a sit-stand adapter for my desk to get me out of the chair.
There are dozens of productivity tips out there, but have you tried these ones yet? Productivity is oftentimes elusive. In order to get more done throughout the day, you might have to mix things up a bit to wake up your mind and body. Once you are functioning better, work gets done much faster.
Good luck, Alan
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