With the holidays quickly approaching, it’s easy to be more overwhelmed at work than usual. Here are FileBound’s top 10 productivity tips to help you stay focused.
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1. Begin the Day Right
Don’t miss the opportunity to start the day right. Eating a healthy breakfast can improve concentration and performance at work, WebMD notes.
2. Cut Down on Office Noise
The State of the Workplace Productivity Report by Cornerstone found that 37 percent of employees say an enclosed office is the most productive. If you can’t close a door to quiet the noise, try using noise-canceling headphones or talk to your coworkers about the noise.
3. Don’t Bring Work Home
The report found that a majority of employees say work overload is harmful to their productivity. Keep work-time and downtime separate to recharge and be more productive the next day.
The Cornerstone report also found that 43 percent of employees say impromptu coworker visits are the biggest productivity killer. Moving to a less accessible different location – even in your own office building – can help you get your productivity back.
5. Sit up Straight
Scientists say that the body influences the mind in what is known as “embodied cognition.” One study found that sitting up straight can help you think up positive thoughts. Good posture has also been shown to decrease fatigue, which helps you make fewer mistakes. Pay attention to your posture at work.
6. Stay hydrated
Dehydration can have a negative impact on mood, according to research. People who were mildly dehydrated experienced symptoms such as fatigue and difficulty concentrating. Drink eight, 8-ounce glasses of water to stay hydrated and help you stay productive.
7. Get Started Early: Don’t procrastinate
Procrastination can lead to unnecessary stress and scrambling. Hold yourself accountable by giving yourself enough time to properly do your work. Starting earlier will give you more time to make any changes and catch any errors.
8. Break Big Tasks into Smaller Ones
Several smaller projects are easier to complete than one large one. If you’re losing sight of the big picture to dozens of small details, shift your focus and work on a smaller piece of a project.
9. Take a Break
A recent study found that the most productive employees work for 52 minutes and then take a 17 minute break. DeskTime, which conducted the study, found that the highest performing employees were using their breaks to walk, talk to a coworker or exercise. Taking a break isn’t lazy, it’s better for your productivity.
10. Reward Your Accomplishments
Make it through a big project? Have a successful meeting with your coworkers or a client? Celebrate your accomplishments. It will give you the motivation to take on your next task.