We’re all victims of slacking off a little at work. There’s always going to be those tiresome jobs you really don’t want to do, but it’s important to stay productive. What isn’t productive is spending 20 minutes complaining about a job you really don’t want to do. You just need to do it. It’s important not to lose sight of your business goals as having a clear direction contributes to being productive and helps sustain business growth.
Utilising the most of your time might sound obvious, but it is surprising how much time we waste at work. Whether it’s in meetings, chatting to colleagues or that all important third coffee break, these are all minutes off the clock. Of course breaks are important too, so by all means have your regular morning coffee break. But what we really need to focus on is utilising your working hours to make sure you get the most out of your day.
Here are 3 tips to help you organise your time and help you on your way to being more productive:
- Set small, measureable goals
Having a huge to do-list is over-whelming for even the most organised worker. It’s important to set yourself small achievable goals that help you organise your day. Be sure to tick off each task once it’s done as this contributes to your sense of achievement! This is especially important for those of you who struggle to keep focused! The key to being productive is to stick to your schedule and the order you have arranged tasks. Be sure to include some time for any last minute emergencies that come up into your schedule!
- Eliminate all distractions
Living in a digital age, there are always going to be distractions. Replying to emails could be a full-time job in itself, so it’s important to reduce the time you spend on this task. Not everyone needs a reply straight away. Unsubscribe to all the websites that are not relevant to your business. We all love seeing the latest offers on Groupon.com, but it’s not important. It’s just another distraction stopping you from finishing that report by noon. By eliminating the amount of emails coming into your inbox, it frees up more time for you to get work done. Groupon.com will still be there when you get home.
- Get plenty of sleep
Research has proven that a good night’s sleep increases your productivity. This means no more late nights working until 3am. You might think you are being productive, but do you really think the quality of your work is going to be your best at 3am? You’re much better off heading to bed early and coming back to work with a fresh outlook.