It’s kind of important how many hours you’re putting in at the office, but what really counts is the hours of valuable work you’re putting in while you’re there. Of course, if you’re at the office for 14 hours, then you’ll naturally make some progress. But wouldn’t it be better if you were there for nine hours and putting in nine hours of productivity (or close to it, anyway)? Productivity is something that all people and companies struggle with, but there are ways to nudge it in the right direction. In this blog, we’ll look at how you can do just that.
Physical and Mental Sharpness
Many people hit a slump at some point during the day. This could be in the morning or mid-afternoon. Most people just assume that the slump is just part and parcel of working life. But that’s not the case -- the truth is that there’s a cause for most slumps, and if you can reduce or eliminate that slump, then you’ll get more work done. It all comes down to mental and physical sharpness. There are many things that can compromise both of these things! If you’re not sleeping as well as you could, or you’re drinking too much coffee (they cause a spike in energy but then a crash), then you won’t make it through the day at your best.
Sometimes, people aren’t fully alert until it’s nearly midday. You can avoid this by going for a run and taking a cold shower first thing in the morning. If you do that, then you’ll hit the ground running when you reach the office.
Structure Your Day
Humans are not very good multitaskers. Actually, we’re awful at it, even though we think we’re not. If you’re trying to juggle too many tasks at once, then it’ll come as no surprise if you’re not making as much headway as you’d like. You can get around this by focusing on one task at a time. A little bit of structure to your day can lead to big results. Start with the most pressing jobs, and then work your way down the list.
Get the Tools
We all waste more time than we’d like on tasks that don’t yield results yet have to be performed. The good news is that in the age of technology, there’s usually a solution to every time-consuming task. If you’re spending too much time processing large printing jobs, then printing software can help. If you’re spending too much time coordinating and communicating with your team, then a program such as Slack will help. The list goes on. Whatever the issue is, there’ll be a solution.
Are you taking on too much responsibility yourself? You’ll have a lot on your plate, but you don’t need to have everything on your plate. Hiring an extra set of hands or outsourcing certain tasks to third-party companies can free up significant amounts of time, which you can then use to focus on the tasks that’ll help drive your business forward.
COVID-19 has undoubtedly made it challenging to go about your typical life and routine. It’s more imperative now than ever to take measures into your own hands to stay healthy and well during these uncertain times.
It’s better to be proactive than it is to make poor choices and put yourself at risk for becoming ill. Take the following tips into consideration as you begin to explore how you can maintain your health and happiness even though there’s a lot of chaos happening in the external world. Care for yourself and stay connected so that you can remain healthy and well and avoid any unfortunate turn of events.
Follow the Guidelines
The WHO guidance recommends FFP2 face masks during outbreaks of infections such as the Coronavirus. Invest in the right PPE equipment to stay healthy and well while traveling to and from work or while you’re out in public running errands. It’ll keep you and others protected and help to ensure that you aren’t contributing to the spread. Also, practise social distancing and be sure to wash your hands often. The guidelines are in place to keep you safe and well, so it’s important to take them seriously.
Focus on Your Mental Health
Another tip for staying healthy and well in times of uncertainty is to focus on your mental health. Self-isolating and lockdown can be tough on your mind and social life. You may be feeling sad or low because of all the disruptions and bad news that’s going around. Therefore, commit to participating in activities that will boost your mental health and ensure you stay well. It’s all about keeping your thoughts as positive and possible and decreasing the amount of stress you’re feeling. Meditation and deep breathing exercises are usually very useful in helping you to slow racing thoughts so you can feel better fast.
Connect with Others Virtually
If you’re a social person, then distancing yourself from others may be a real challenge for you. However, it’s what’s going to keep you from contracting COVID-19. While you may not be able to see everyone you want to in-person, there are other ways to stay connected. For example, use virtual methods such as phone, email, and videoconference to help you maintain and nurture your relationships with others during these uncertain times. Take advantage of all the ways technology can keep you interacting with those you love and care about virtually.
Invest in Self-Care
It’s vital that you also invest in your self-care during uncertain times to stay healthy and well. It includes getting daily exercise, eating well, and going to bed at a decent hour and not getting caught up in negative thought patterns. The better you take care of yourself, the more energy you’re going to have and the better mood you’ll be in most days. Use this extra downtime to invest in yourself and relaxing and resting as much as possible. There may be activities and projects you can take on around the house that you usually wouldn’t have time for before the virus outbreak.
The answer before I even ask is already yes! Could you work a 4-day week? Of course you could! Its already a 4-day week in Norway, Holland and Denmark to name just a few and there are plenty of calls for more countries to do the same!
One woman tried the 4-day week and gave an account of her own experience! The Mirror has more!
Author - Chris
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