Every morning, you find yourself staggering into the office just five minutes before you're suppose to start work with a cup of coffee in your hand. You sit yourself down at your desk and tell yourself "today will be more productive than before". But no matter how hard you try, the opposite happens. Instead, you feel yourself accomplishing less and less everyday.
You do like your job, but it's hard to hype yourself up and be productive every single day. It feels even harder when you find yourself sitting in the office for so long at one time. Soon, you'll find yourself counting down and struggling to hit 6pm on the clock to get off work. So what work really gets done in the end?
Low work productivity can be a problem. As the saying goes, "Your business is only as good as its employees". If they’re not performing to expectations, productivity, your company is destined to suffer.
But rest assured because here at Spaceship, we have gathered eight useful tips on how to increase work productivity for you and your employees at work. So let's get started!
Set Self-imposed Deadlines
While many of us usually think of stress as a bad thing, manageable level of self-imposed stress can actually be helpful in terms of giving us focus and helping us to meet our goals. By eliminating the thought of having all the time in the world to complete your tasks, it prevents you from feeling restless and you may be surprised at just how focused and productive you can be when you're watching the clock.
Streamline Your Space
Take Short Breaks
Studies show that those who take a short break every hour performs better than those who press on an activity continuously. This is due to our brain numbing out after a while with exposure to the same simulate and we begin to discredit the importance of the task at hand. Taking 5 minutes break every now and then allows for us to come back to the task with renewed energy and a fresh perspective.
Switch Working Locations
Us humans are not designed to be sedentary. Switching working locations every now and then helps blood to circulate better in our bodies and provides more oxygen to the body. Sitting around all day can stifle our creativity and productivity. A new environment provides new stimulates to the mind and possibly draw new connections for us to generate new ideas and better solutions.
Everyone multi task today. We are distracted all the time by notifications, chats and the next promotion from Grab. We think we are multi-tasking in actuality, we are task switching which can compromise the quality of our work and also build up gray matter in our brains. This can affects our ability to make decisions and also result in memory loss. As our brain try to juggle all of the tasks that are running in parrellel, our functionality slows down causing us to be forgetful and even stressed out.
Turn Off Notifications
*Beep* It's another message from John, a new like on instagram, someone gave you a thumbs up on Strava... Notifications are rarely need our immediate attention but it grabs much of it. It doesn't seem to take up much of our mental real estate but collectively it builds up. You lose focus on what you were working on, only have to spend time remembering your last thoughts. Annoying right? We know. So turn off those notifications and you'll find yourself at least 20% more productive.
Decorate Your Workspace
A cluttered workspace not only confines your movement but also your mind. It gives the impression that you are not in control your of the details. Subconsciously, you'll always have part of your mental capactity at you to re-organise. Having a clean, organised and decorated work space will keep you focused on the task at hand. You want to feel comfortable at your work space and personalising your work area can do just that. Taking pride in your work area corelates with your work quality. So declutter and make it clean! Need help? Use Spaceship, we will help you declutter instantly.
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