Five tips to improve your productivity
Are you feeling overwhelmed with endless demands on your time and life? Are your stress levels at an all‐time high because there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done? While many people work long hours, surveys show that only 58% of the average person’s day is spent on work that adds real value, and almost 18% is spent on work that wastes time and effort.1 Here are five tips to help increase your productivity without working any harder than you do now:
- Tackle your highest priority projects first– Prioritise one key task to accomplish each day and start your day by focusing all your attention on it. This way you’ll finish at least one critical task at a time when you’re likely to have the most energy and the least distractions.
- Complete one task at a time – Think you can work on a project, check your email and talk on the phone all at once? Think again. Research shows that chronic multi‐tasking is less efficient than focusing on one task at a time. People who are regularly bombarded with several streams of electronic information have difficulty paying attention, recalling information and successfully switching from one job to another.2By doing less, you may actually accomplish more.
- Reduce distractions – Block out time from your daily calendar to work on projects and try to avoid checking your inbox or text messages during these periods. Instead, read and answer your emails and text messages in ten minute slots every two or more hours.
- Take short breaks – Long hours and skipping breaks doesn’t necessarily mean you’re being more productive. It’s important to detach from your work, and work space, to recharge your mind and body. Options include going for a walk around the block, getting a cup of tea, reading a book outside or actually taking your lunch break.
- Take care of yourself – A good day starts before you even arrive at work. Ensure you get enough quality sleep every night. Nourish your body with much‐needed nutrients from fruits and vegetables, wholegrains, lean sources of protein such as poultry, meat and legumes, and healthy fats from fish, raw nuts and seeds. Fitting regular exercise into your busy schedule is also important. Not only will staying active help reduce your stress levels, which will inevitably increase your productivity, it can assist with your brain health and function. Research shows that exercise creates new brain cells, particularly in the hippocampus (learning and memory centre), and increases blood flow to the brain.3
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Published March 3, 2015
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