Have you ever taken a small break from your tasks to go through your Facebook, Twitter, or other social media account? You tell yourself that you’re going to relax for a couple of minutes as you skim through the web, but then realize that you’ve been reading memes and watching GIFS for over 20 minutes!
Don’t worry, you’re not the only person to be distracted from your job. That being said, don’t let this be a common occurrence and learn to better focus on the task at hand.
Here are 5 ways to increase your productivity to get more tasks done and feel more accomplished at the end of the day.
1) Keep your goals in mind
What do you want to achieve in your career? Create a list of your goals and have it nearby wherever you go. Whether you have it in your pocket or as your background on your laptop, make sure that it is close at hand so you can read it whenever you need some motivation. You’d be surprised at what a simple list can do to your mental efficiency.
2) Minimize distractions
From roaming the internet to conversing with your co-workers, distractions are everywhere, so nobody can truly keep themselves from being distracted. However, you can minimize the amount of distractions to increase your productivity. A “do-not-disturb” sign usually does the trick, or maybe even popping in your headphones to let others know that you’re trying to get work done. Remember, when you’re at the workplace, it’s time to work!
3) Plan ahead
A great way to organize and prioritize your workload is to plan ahead. Writing down the various jobs that need to be done the night before you head into the office will give you a head start on the workload. You can start by choosing which tasks are the most important and place them at the top of your list and work your way down.
4) Start early, end late
Depending on where you work, traffic can be a serious issue for employees. Not only will you (most likely) be late to work, but it will also ruin your mood. Therefore, you should beat rush hour by arriving early to work and leaving later than everyone else. This will give you more time to finish your tasks and keep you in a good mood for the rest of the day. Putting in the extra work can make a big difference to your productivity.
5) Relieve some stress
Go for a walk outside, hit the gym, or play some basketball. Whatever it may be, do an activity that will get you out of your cubicle, so you can clear your head and relieve some stress. By doing so, you can get your creative juices running and help you refocus on the rest of your tasks.
Are you starting to get the picture? Find your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to your productivity and see how you can strengthen them. Always try to beat the person you were the day before and have fun with it. You can start small, just be consistent. You’ll be surprised at what these tiny victories can do to your confidence and workload.