…Continued from Ways to stay productive at the workplace
- Don’t get distracted
Between 8am to 5pm, we are all at some point bound to get distracted at work. These distractions come in the form of either trying to juggle competing tasks, answering tweets and chats, moving to another department to chit chat, etc. Notwithstanding these “necessary evils”, it’s always best to focus on completing your current task before moving onto anything else.
The secret is for you to stick to your to-do list, and not allow distractions get the better of you. Once you are side-tracked by one thing, it could lead to another, and then another; until you remember that work is piling up, you are not meeting deadlines or can’t even remember what you were doing in the first place.
Make a change, and stop wasting your time playing Candy Crush, Zuma, Tetris or that game on your phone or PC. At the workplace, you need to stay motivated, and so keep your attention fixed on completing task(s) at hand.
- Don’t take on more than you can chew
The last thing you want to do is to be tagged as the person who doesn’t get things done. You will only end up taking a lot of flack from your supervisor or in a worst case scenario, lose your job.
The truth is that employers these days are looking for people who can get the job done no matter what. Thus, if something is militating against your performance or side-tracking you from completing a project or task, tell whoever needs to know at the earliest opportunity. Once you are honest and direct about it, you might be able to get the desired assistance.
Furthermore, if there is the need to delegate or rope in others to help with the task, call on them for assistance. Don’t try being a Superhero at work place. Be a Team player.
- Ask questions
You have been given a task. You wanted to impress your boss, so didn’t care to ask the relevant question(s). Thirty (30) minutes into it, you have no idea as to how to go about it. That attitude, my friend, will always delay you and make you unproductive. To be productive, you have to be ready to be inquisitive, share your opinions, and don’t always accept a yes/no answer.
Asking questions is the best way to make sure your job is done to the highest standard possible, and getting answers also ensures that you know everything there is to know about it. The quality of your work isn’t worth compromising on just because you avoided asking for someone’s advice.
And you know how the saying goes: a curious person is an interested person.
- Keep meetings short
For those who are involved in meetings a lot of the time, I will advise that you set an agenda, cover the main points, and share actions afterwards. If this is done, it gives the meeting a sense of direction and from dragging on for too long, and wasting time on unnecessary small talk.
So plan wisely, finish meeting on time and use the time you’ve saved on more productive tasks.
- Regular breaks = Staying productive
Sometimes your body needs a time out to be able to work at its best. Thus, it is always essential to take time for regular breaks – even if it’s just standing up and having a stretch.
If your job involves sitting down all day, make sure you’re moving around regularly to avoid any awkward muscle cramps – and to stay alert. On the other hand, if you’re always standing, have regular sitting down breaks to rest your legs.
For those who sit behind computer screens, it is always advisable to give yourself occasional breaks. Lest I forget, remember to stay hydrated because this will help boost your productivity.
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