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.
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