Time is the wrong metric to evaluate work productivity.
For as long as we, organisations and businesses continue to put the intention on time being a viable way to assess work productivity, we will continue to miss out on how to get the very best out of ourselves and people.
It’s not about how much time you work it’s about how effectively you use that time.
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So what ways could we optimise our work productivity to ensure we get more done in less time?
1) Check emails first.
Ok there are a boat load of books and guru’s out there that say, don’t check email until lunch time. I get why they say that…
Sometimes you might get an email that requires your attention, that if left a minute longer could burn down your day, business or other. Sometimes your messages are something you need or are working on, so checking them later in the day doesn’t really sit.
HOWEVER checking them at the start of your work day and then giving them a priority level would be more effective.
Label what emails need direct attention, what emails need and can be done later and which ones you don’t need to respond to at all.
Be more effective with what you do. You can use Gmail for this.
2) Get creative head space.
If you work in an office or a place where you are or can be constantly bothered then doing creative work in there if going to be a ball ache.
You need clarity and space to do creative work.
I like to be able to go to my local coffee shop and get my head down for 3hours and do my creative work there. For people that are self employed this is Zen because it gives you space. Or maybe go to your favourite place for productive work.
If you work in an office and need to do creative work then is there somewhere you can go to create head space?
3) Turn Your Notifications OFF.
Nothing worse than getting plugged in for a day of work and then constantly having your phone binging or beeping all day.
Social media and email notifications are designed to get your attention and more often than not they will. Each little break in distraction takes on average 64 seconds to get you back into what you were doing.
So if that phone or even on your computer is going off every 10-15min just image how many mental distractions that’s giving you throughout your work day.
Get those notifications off and phone on silent.
There’s a time and a place for social media.
4) Get moving.
A study showed that for every 3hours we sit down in a row each day without moving we can over time take 2years off our life span.
It’s no joke that periods of sitting is damaging our health, our backs, necks, joints, metabolism, digestion and well-being.
The key, get up every 60-90min and move for 3-10minutes. Go for a walk, stretch, do some squats, do something. Have fun and be creative with the movements you do.
It’s great for a mental and physical break and you’ll feel the benefits when you return to your desk.
5) Drink water.
Yeah this is obvious but I doubt many do it. When sitting at your desk have a 1lire bottle of water and aim for 2 of these per day. Have a sprinkle of sea salt in for your minerals.
Get that brain hydrated.
Just a few simple tips for optimising your work space and productivity for maximum results.
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